Ralf Rangnick sat on the bench and did not want to believe his eyes. Ironically, in the explosive Europa League duel against the sister club from Salzburg delivered RB Leipzig from an indisputable performance and was already after 22 minutes 0: 2 behind.
In the end, the Saxons lost after a break between deservedly still with 2: 3, after Fredrik Gulbrandsen scored the winning goal of the guests shortly before the end.
The main culprits had Rangnick made a day later. "Before the game, things have happened that are not going," raged the coach at the press conference on Friday. "If I had known that before the match, I would have substituted two players before the match, not at half-time, and some did not focus 100% on the game."
Cell Phone Incident Rangnick in Range
Wenn said that Wennick meant, it is clear that there are two players of the trio Nordi Mukiele, Jean-Kevin Augustin and Bruma. All three professionals were replaced at halftime.
As the image want to have experienced, a cell phone incident immediately before kickoff for it to have been crucial. As the newspaper reports, Augustin and Mukiele were absent when moving in the cabin to sit instead with headphones in the ear on the bench in the stadium, where they apparently played with their mobile phone.
But that was not all: Due to the delay of the duo when moving the Leipzig finally came two minutes late to warm up on the lawn. "According to the minutes, we should have run up at 8:18 pm," Rangnick is quoted as saying. Because RB entered the lawn at 8:20 pm, Augustin and Mukiele are now facing a fine.
"Never experienced something like this"
At first, the coach did not want to reveal the exact mistakes – but that did not change with his outburst of rage. "It seems some players see the Europa League as a chore, we travel across Europe to qualify for the trophy I have not experienced anything like that in my life! "
What penalty the players have to expect, is not yet clear – but it is certain that the club will sanction them.
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Rangnick pillories players
Already after the home defeat on Thursday evening Rangnick had raged. "In the first half it was a total failure," said Leipzig coach RTL Nitro clear words. "You can only apologize to the spectators". After the break, the attitude was at least halfway, but the superiority of the guests changed that little.
Rangnick did not shy away from public scolding, which especially hit Ibrahima Konate. "Ibu was bettered against Hannover after having two weaker matches before, and after his slip-up we were happy that the referee had not decided on emergency brakes because of the variety, there were two or three, which led to misconduct to have."
Rangnick criticizes attitude
Curiosity seems to Rangnick's reason for the underground performance of his team. "Until the end of the game, we did not understand what kind of caliber we face, and some players could not have imagined that such an opponent awaits us from Austria," said the coach.
He would have had to make sure that his team goes with the right attitude on the pitch. Rangnick, who was responsible for Salzburg's development as Sport Director from June 2012 to February 2015, said he knew exactly what the strength of his former team was – but he could not mediate it.
"I had been involved with a team in Salzburg for three years like this evening, and I picked up a few players from those who played at the time, and I knew it was good for them come to us. "
In the end, the coach seemed as perplexed as his players and could not move the lever decisively. With the inclusion of Yussuf Poulsen and Marcel Halstenberg he brought after the break a little more momentum in Leipzig game, but on the Salzburg superiority changed that little.
Poulsen has doubts about mega-rotation
"It was not until the second half that we started playing that game the way you should have done from the start, but in the end it feels extremely bad," Rangnick says bitterly.
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Rangnick did not want to accept that the home deficit could be its cause in the mega-rotation. "We have no other choice, we have to get the league and internationally," said the coach, who made seven changes compared to the last 3-2 victory against Hannover. Only Nordi Mukiele, Ibrahima Konaté, Kevin Kampl and Stefan Ilsanker were again in the starting eleven.
"Of course we could have chased Emil Forsberg or Yussuf Poulsen for 90 minutes and left one who was already out there against Hannover," said Rangnick. "I do not think that would be the last word of wisdom."
Another opinion on this topic had Poulsen, who had previously provided the interim equalizer to 2: 2 for a short hope. "Rotating seven men has worked against Hannover, not today, maybe we should worry about that."
And while Leipzig's Konrad Laimer spoke of a "scandal" at the end, Salzburg's winning goalkeeper Gulbrandsen reluctantly sent a poison dart to the opponent: "If they were not shocked by our level this evening, they should at least be a bit more scared before next time to have."
Rangnick rips apart players: "Underground, total failure!
Leipzig pats in the RB duel