After the botched Bundesliga start against 1. FSV Mainz 05, RB Leipzig has to win against VfB Stuttgart.
Leipzig – Just not a false start! For RB Leipzig Coach Jesse Marsch (47) and his “group” will play the home game against the on Friday evening (8.30pm / DAZN) VfB Stuttgart a great deal very early on.
After the worrying Bundesliga opening defeat against 1. FSV Mainz 05, the fear that the runner-up’s new season will start completely differently than hoped is justified.
The Swabians came from the south with a 5: 1 success and as leaders of the table and will certainly not conjure up wall tactics on the lawn, but want to win the game.
Marsch knows that too. A performance like last Sunday will definitely not be enough:
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“We need more clarity in every position. That is why we had a lot of one-on-one discussions about the positional game. There are no excuses on Friday evening. We have to be ready,” said the coach at the press conference before the game.
The Red Bulls have never suffered two defeats at the start of the season in the Bundesliga. It is understandable that the American does not want to be entered in the history books with such a debacle against his compatriot Pellegrino Matarazzo (43) on the coaching bench opposite.
For this, the desired return to RB-DNA with high-intensity pressing and counter-pressing would have to work better again. However, the 47-year-old takes some breath away: “It’s a process. The stress, the training, the style of play. We have to stay strong. One result doesn’t change much in terms of the overall picture.”
The Saxons should be encouraged that, in contrast to the previous week, the full chapel is more or less available again.
Yussuf Poulsen (27) has made up his training deficit and is available again. Alexander Sörloth (25) also seems to be a possibility as a storm option, although rumors of a move to France are growing.
Lukas Klostermann (25) and Konrad Laimer (24) could probably start for Tyler Adams (22) and Nordi Mukiele (23), who are weak in Mainz.
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It will still be exciting to see how captain Marcel Sabitzer (27) is dealt with, whose connection with FC Bayern Munich does not want to tear off.
“We had a very positive conversation,” said Marsch. “Sabi understands a lot of the topics that are important to us. He brings the right level in every game.” As always, the coach kept a low profile about a possible change.
Anyway: RB Leipzig would do well to block out all background noise for Friday in order to get the first three points for this season. The task against strong players from Stuttgart will be as difficult as enough.