RB Leipzig starts the Champions League on Wednesday evening. The task couldn’t be more difficult. Last year’s finalists Manchester City and Pep Guardiola are waiting. A special game for Angelino. Also with a view of Guardiola.
The ball and ManCity firmly in view: Leipzig’s Angelino.
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With the arrival in Manchester on Tuesday, Jesse Marsch and the Leipzig professionals were also optimistic. The new RB coach, who understandably left a broken impression after the 1: 4 home defeat against FC Bayern like his players on Saturday, presented himself self-confident and aggressive again at the press conference in the Etihad Stadium in Manchester City.
“It’s a difficult task for us, but as a group we are very excited for such a challenge,” said the American and promised for the duel with last year’s finalists on Wednesday: “We are ready for such a big game. We also have a lot of quality and will be fearless. ” Of course, this does not change the starting position: The Leipzigers go into the race as outsiders against the English champions, who won eleven of their 13 Champions League games last season and only lost the memorable final against Chelsea with 1-0 .
We have a very clear match plan and we have to implement it well, hopefully differently than against Bayern.
Marsch and his coaching and scouting team have analyzed both this match and ManCity’s four previous league games this season. “We know exactly what the task is. We have a very clear match plan and we have to implement it well, hopefully differently than against Bayern,” said Marsch and added: “We have to be intense in the right moments, but in the have patience in the right moments. ” It was precisely this balance that was missing on Saturday against Bayern, especially at the beginning of the second half. ”
The question of whether he will try it in Manchester like final winner Chelsea with a row of three in defense instead of the back four that has been practiced so far, Marsch left unanswered. However, he made a commitment that left-back Angelino could play at his former place of work from the start: “Angel will play tomorrow.” The Spaniard moved from La Coruna to the Citizens at the age of 16, but was never really happy in Manchester.
He didn’t kill me, he killed my confidence.
Angelino on Pep Guardiola
“I never thought that I would play in a different shirt in this stadium,” he said on Tuesday. For Manchester he played a total of only 15 competitive games. Even under Pep Guardiola, his situation did not improve, which is why he does not speak too well of his compatriot. Angelino put his statement in spring that Guardiola had killed him, but now on his return: “He did not kill me, but my self-confidence,” he said, referring to his low proportion of the game.
In Leipzig he became a regular player straight away and in the summer after one and a half years on loan he was firmly committed for 18 million euros. “Angelino has many qualities”, affirmed Marsch, “he is an attacking defender”. Under ex-coach Julian Nagelsmann, the Spaniard was allowed to live out his aggressiveness in front of a row of three, while Marsch demanded more defense work: “We talked a lot in the summer, he has to be a really good defender.”
First step towards reversing the trend?
Four hours before the march, Guardiola had also spoken to the media and warned against underestimating RB in view of the league false start: “They have a strong philosophy and young players who are dynamic, physical and strong. You take one step at a time. ” In Leipzig they would be very happy if the first step in reversing the trend were successful.