RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann has backed Dayot Upamecano to take the "next step" in his development after his blunder against Paris Saint-Germain.
Upamecano gifted the ball to Moise Kean early in Wednesday's Champions League tie, allowing the on-loan Everton forward to feed Angel Di Maria, who opened the scoring.
Leipzig recovered from falling behind to win 2-1 and go second in Group H behind Manchester United, who thrashed the Bundesliga side 5-0 last week.
Upamecano, 22, remains heavily linked with United and a number of European giants, but Nagelsmann was keen to stress the French centre-back still needs to improve his judgement.
"The mistakes he's making are all starting the same way," the Leipzig boss said after the match. "He wants to pass the ball to the attackers right away once he's won it. That simply does not work all the time.
"I can see a learning curve. Against Hertha, we've had similar situations, the same at the start of the second half against Gladbach, where we end up defending one against two players.
"He has to recognise when he can play the ball forward and when not. He is used to playing the ball forward fast to create a counter-attack.
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"He grew up like this during his first year at Leipzig, when this was the main tactic. Now the next step has to come."
Though Nagelsmann highlighted one area Upamecano needs to improve, he also insisted the player is on the path to becoming world class.
"In general, Upamecano is on his way to world class, but he has to stop these things, obviously," Nagelsmann added. "He knows it himself, he is very critical of himself.
"It's a learning curve, he only has good intentions and wants to create attacks for us. He simply needs to recognise the right moment to switch from defence to attack.
"Today he should have played the ball to Peter Gulacsi. It's the same when attacking. There are moments where you simply have to get the ball back, and then there are moments that are about scoring a goal.
"Recognising this situation is a learning curve which he will succeed in, simply because he is that talented. I hope he will succeed soon, because then we have less distance to go."
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