Leipzig has not won in eleven away games. Trainer Domenico Tedeso is now looking for new ways to deal with it. Can Dani Olmo help end black streak in Stuttgart?
Making progress: Dani Olmo.
Two statistics are almost incompatible. There is the Leipzig record against VfB Stuttgart: of the seven games against the Swabians so far, the Saxons won six, played once and only conceded one goal in the whole time. And there is Leipzig’s away record: Since the 4-1 on April 10, 2021 at Werder Bremen, Leipzig has been waiting for an away three-point in the Bundesliga. Since then, RB has made eleven attempts abroad, seven times as a loser and four times with a draw – most recently at the 1-1 draw in Augsburg.
Before this first away game of his still young tenure at RB Leipzig, Domenico Tedesco had addressed this misery “to make the boys hot and to sharpen them”. Since this did not lead to the desired success, Leipzig’s new trainer decided not to discuss it at all this time. At the press conference on Thursday, Tedesco admitted that this lack of victory hangs over the squad: “It’s in the minds of the players. It is clear that the players are worried. It is actually crazy that a team like us is away from home hasn’t won for a long time. At some point it will work, at some point the knot will burst. ”
More alternatives for Tedesco – also Olmo there?
According to his own admission, the coach is confident about the “positive training week” with “an extremely large amount of content” and the relaxing personnel situation. Defensive all-rounder Benjamin Henrichs and young defender Solomon Bonnah, who spent the 4-1 win against Mainz in domestic corona isolation, are fit again and are part of the squad.
Tedesco did not want to determine whether this also applies to Dani Olmo. The Spaniard, who was also allowed to leave quarantine on Monday, is not yet in full power after six months of injuries and illnesses. However, he passed a stress test on Wednesday just as easily as the exercise unit on Thursday, in which he did not yet take part in the very intensive parts.
“It’s a balancing act. The doctors would have liked to isolate him for another week in the gym, the player doesn’t want that. Then we try to find a compromise in the coaching team,” said Tedesco, who wants to make it dependent on the course of the final training whether he takes the dearly missing offensive all-rounder with him to Stuttgart.
Tendency: If nothing unexpected happens, Olmo will be on the plane with you. In contrast, Tedesco can count on Konrad Laimer and Marcel Halstenberg in the next week at the earliest.
No transfers planned – in both directions
Tedesco recently had “very good discussions” with the sports management team about the current personnel situation. Consensual verdict: The squad is qualitatively and quantitatively good enough to continue the pursuit of catching up towards Champions League places. There are therefore no significant transfers to be expected in the winter transfer window, said the coach: “Absolutely nothing is planned, neither in terms of transfers to and from Leipzig.”