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 p.m.). 45228 tickets are gone, the game will be sold out. 3000 fans from Glasgow come along.
Coach Marco Rose (46): “We haven’t had enough points so far. We look forward to the Champions League anthem. If we don’t score any points on Wednesday, it will of course be very difficult.” Midfield star Dominik Szoboszlai (21): “Nothing is lost yet, we have zero points, but we still have a chance of progressing – and that is our goal.”
After a year’s break, the club is desperate to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League again 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.”
When asked about the upcoming six English weeks (13 games) as well as long-running favorites and Hungary international Willi Orban, Rose criticized: “What is happening in football at the moment is borderline. The national players in particular don’t have six, but eight or nine English weeks in a row. We react when a player is on red in the monitoring. We have to make smart decisions.”
Rose is not alone in his criticism. Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp had recently complained about the density of games and the stress.
Set against Celtic is superstar Christopher Nkunku, who wants to leave Leipzig for Chelsea at the end of the season. But Rose doesn’t want to comment on that: “We don’t say anything about speculation. That doesn’t bother us and doesn’t interest us. We’re only interested in the Champions League game on Wednesday.”
Like Nkunku, Timo Werner shone against Bochum (4-0) and ended his seven-game goalless streak with a brace. Rose praises: “I never saw him unsure, Timo is a laid-back dog. He is cheerful, always ready to perform. Sure, the guys up front identify themselves with goals. But at the end of the day, if you persevere, if you do your work and meter, you will be rewarded too. Now he’s started scoring again and we hope it stays that way.”
Preferably on Wednesday…