Jesse Marsh has a healthy level of self-confidence, and it has worked for him for the past few days. It didn’t bother him that the team he coached, RB Leipzig, scored an important 5-0 win over Club Bruges in the Champions League in his absence, of all places. exactly the contrary.
On the eve of the match against Bayer Leverkusen, Marsh said his goal is for his teams to reconcile without a coach. This should not be understood in Germany, “because hierarchy is very important here,” the American speculated. On his trip to Belgium, he was absent due to infection with the Covid virus, and has not yet been tested on Sunday. And so he had to watch on TV how his team lost 3-1 to a tactically busted Leverkusen side. From this game, the question arose whether the victory in Bruges was just a mirage.
Assistant coach Achim Beierlorzer sent the same eleven players onto the field against Leverkusen who impressed so much in Bruges. That everything was different this time could be seen through a figure. Brian Brobby made his Bundesliga debut – apparently being substituted in the 43rd minute. Since Brobbey didn’t look injured, it was a punishment for not getting into the game. Only: That wasn’t why it was already 2-0 for the visitors when Dominik Szoboszlai was sent onto the field in front of the silent stands. Due to the high number of injuries in Saxony, the match took place without spectators.
Szoboszlai puts a penalty kick to the post
The goals scored had more to do with the fact that RB Leipzig had a defensive glitch that was often noticed this season. Leipziger pressed with force and will. But what was seen after the opponent won the ball looked very confused. The Leverkusen-based company is different: they carried out drawing-board-like attacks, such as in front of their gates.
Leverkusen’s superb player Florian Wirts, who was chased by left back Angelino in vain, scored the first goal when he entered the penalty area after a beautiful pass from Exquiel Palacios (21). At 2-0, Moussa Diaby (34), who provided and completed a long ball from Jonathan Tah himself, was not overly upset. Goalkeeper Josep Martinez, who represented Peter Gulacsi, who also contracted Covid, had no chance of scoring either goal.
After the break, Leipzig increased the pressure and made dangerous deals from distance through Konrad Laimer and Emil Forsberg. But the Leverkusen attacks, which continued, seemed more deliberate. In the 62nd minute, Andre Silva scored a corner kick to make it 1:2. But before Leipzig found hope, Jeremy Frimpong scored 3-1, as Angelino was lucky to have cleared the ball. Diaby hit the post (72), and when the match started, Zuboszlai hit the post with a hand-kick penalty (88). Leverkusen climbed to third place, and Leipzig is four points behind the Champions League places. This is not enough for last year’s second demands.
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