For RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, the farewell was magical. The two German clubs bid farewell to the championship, Tuesday, with their victories, as Leipzig beat a title contender against Manchester City. The search for a coach can already be completed in the RB, Domenico Tedesco should come. Real Madrid, who won 2-0 at Inter Milan, look ready for higher tasks – also thanks to the defense they put out with David Alaba’s skill.
Both teams at the Bernabeu have already qualified for the round of 16 before the first game, but an almost better squad gave a date. Only striker Karim Benzema was absent from Real with a thigh injury, while Toni Kroos (17) and Marco Asensio (79) took charge of the score. Defensively, the Spaniards were zero, which also favored the red card against Inter’s Nicolo Barilla in the 64th minute.
“We knew that Inter had quality in their ranks, that they wanted to get the ball and let it go, but we were very organized and focused, especially on the defensive side,” defense chief Alaba said in an interview with Sky. “You can only get to know each other for the first few weeks. It’s a slightly different game than you’re used to. It took a while, but you can see it’s getting better week by week, so the results we’re envisioning are in there now as well.”
With Benzema fitting, Real Madrid is definitely one of the contenders for the title. After the Reds also won the sixth game in the group, you can say that about Liverpool. 2:1 in Milan, which were knocked out by the European Cup, made coach Jurgen Klopp proud, he later stated. Especially since Liverpool was the first club from England to succeed. “Honestly, I don’t feel proud often in football because I usually expect good things. But tonight I am very proud,” said the German.
RB Leipzig has nothing to do with winning the Champions League, because the Germans are turning to the European League. But the 2-1 win over Premier League champions Man City on Tuesday created a feeling of freshness. ÖFB player Konrad Laimer played in the defensive midfield for 60 minutes. “We all know ManCity and Ball are the best team,” said the Salzburg native. “I think they played with a very good team, and today we showed once again that we can compete against the best from Europe and that we can win too.”
Managing director Oliver Mintslav said he was delighted that the team had “reaction today” after splitting from coach Jesse Marsh. It is likely that soon who will succeed the former Salzburg coach on the bench will finally be decided. “We are looking forward and I would also say that we are relatively far away to introduce a new coach,” said Mintslav. According to media reports, the ‘newcomer’ should be the former Schalke coach Tedesco.
In Borussia Dortmund’s 5-0 win over Istanbul’s Besiktas, goalkeeper Erling Haaland showed that he can also be counted on as the ‘Joker’. Substitution in the 61st minute, a double punch with a header in the 68th and 81st minutes: The Norwegian didn’t even need half an hour to improve his Champions League record. He now has 23 goals in 19 matches. The 21-year-old professional footballer has scored more than anyone of his age.
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