Before the Champions League game against Celtic |
“Borderline!” Leipzig coach Rose criticized the game plan
Now you need points! After two defeats, RB Leipzig is under pressure to win against Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday (6.45 pm). 45228 tickets have run out, the game will be sold out. 3000 fans from Glasgow come by.
Coach Marco Rose (46): “We have had too few points so far. We are looking forward to the national anthem of the Champions League. If we do not score points on Wednesday, it will of course be very difficult.” Midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai (21): “Nothing has been lost yet, we have zero points, but we still have a chance to continue – and that is our goal.”
After a one-year hiatus, the club is desperate for the knockout stage of the Champions League this season.
Rose: “Celtic plays very actively against and with the ball, with a lot of speed. They have a high willingness to perform, it’s fun to watch them.”
Asked about the next six English weeks (13 games), as well as long-running favorites and Hungarian international Willi Orban, Rose criticized: “What is happening in football right now is groundbreaking. The national players in particular have not six, but eight. or nine English weeks in a row. We react when a player is red in the monitoring. We have to make smart decisions.”
Rose is not alone in his criticism. Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp had recently complained about the density of games and the stress.
Against Celtic is superstar Christopher Nkunku, who wants to leave Leipzig for Chelsea at the end of the season. But Rose does not want to comment on that: “We don’t say anything about speculation. That doesn’t bother us and doesn’t interest us. We are only interested in Wednesday’s Champions League game.”
Like Nkunku, Timo Werner shone against Bochum (4-0) and ended his scoreless streak of seven games with a brace. Rose praises: “I’ve never seen him insecure, Timo is a laid-back dog. He’s cheerful, always ready to perform. Sure, the guys up front identify with goals. But at the end of the day, if you persevere, if you do your job and you will be rewarded too. Now he is starting to score again and we hope it stays that way.”
Preferably on Wednesday…