With courage and cleverness: is RB Leipzig ready for the Bayern summit?
Leipzig – Has on the Bielefelder Alm RB Leipzig done the bare minimum against the FC Bayern Munich Julian Nagelsmann’s (33) team has to surpass itself. Right after 1-0 mandatory victory for the promoted team went the view of the Saxons to the summit meeting of Football Bundesliga in two weeks.
If Leipzig wins against Bayern on Holy Saturday (April 3rd) and shortens the gap to one point, the battle for the championship can actually be exciting again.
“Of course it will be a difficult game. But it was also in the first leg and we didn’t look too bad there,” said CEO Oliver Mintzlaff (45) on Sunday in the Sport1 one-two.
At the beginning of December, Leipzig played 3: 3 in Munich and was even in the lead twice.
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Coach Nagelsmann now has the two-week international break to think about his master plan. “We know that we should win to keep the league as exciting as possible,” said the 33-year-old.
His team wants to tackle the duel on April 3rd with the “necessary courage” and the necessary “cleverness”. How strong Bayern are again was seen on Saturday in an impressive 4-0 deficit against VfB Stuttgart.
However, there will be no intensive training on Cottaweg. Especially since Leipzig sends twelve professionals on international trips.
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Over the weekend it also became clear that captain Marcel Sabitzer (27) can travel to Scotland with Austria, as the winning goal scorer of the Bielefeld game is no longer threatened with quarantine on his return. Nagelsmann emphasized that many priorities will not be set.
Regardless of the outcome of the top game, you see yourself in Leipzig a few steps away from Bayern.
“We are still a long way from being able to compete for the title permanently and at eye level with Bayern,” said Mintzlaff.
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In order to become a permanent challenger to Bayern, RB must not allow themselves to slip up in one season. “If you really want to play for the championship, then you have to win games like those against Mainz and Cologne,” emphasized the managing director.
Leipzig had lost in Mainz (2: 3) and against Cologne despite great superiority only played 0-0.
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The team that is supposed to challenge Bayern in the coming years continues to take shape. With Mohamed Simakan (20), the change of the second defender talent for the new season is perfect.
The 20-year-old comes from Racing Strasbourg and, according to media reports, receives a contract until 2026. The transfer fee is between 15 and 17 million euros. Mintzlaff did not deny the reports. “We haven’t announced Simakan yet, we don’t want to pre-empt the press department,” said the managing director.
Leipzig had previously signed central defender Josko Gvardiol (19) from Dinamo Zagreb. In addition, the young striker Brian Brobbey (19) is coming from Ajax Amsterdam on a free transfer.
At the same time, talks are being held with Emil Forsberg (29), Willi Orban (28), Marcel Halstenberg (29) and Sabitzer about a contract extension. The quartet is tied to RB until 2022.
“We have the feeling with the players that they can take further steps with us,” said Mintzlaff.
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