Domenico Tedesco also had to rally after RB Leipzig’s first defeat after 15 games without defeat and the first home defeat in 2022. “If I knew what the team needed now, I would do it right away,” said Leipzig’s coach with a smile. After so many successful experiences, they must first learn how to react to mistakes in grassball sports after the bitter but performance-related 1: 2 (0: 0) defeat against Union Berlin. “I think a day off is not bad, it will do us good,” said Tedesco. The “Blue Monday” is intended to help Leipzig’s regular players regain their strength before the fourth English week in a row and the semi-final first match of the Europa League against Glasgow Rangers (Thursday at 21).
After the cup euphoria and the final against Union on Wednesday, Leipzig were unable to shake off their hangovers in the new edition just four days later. In the first half, the hosts seemed unimaginative and lifeless with zero shots on goal. “Despite six changes in our start XI, Union was more grippy and crazy, seemed fresher and more agile,” analyzed Leipzig’s football coach. “We were too slow in the passing game, we failed to move Union.” After a short rebellion with Yussuf Poulsen’s opening goal after a remarkable combination of Christopher Nkunku and Emil Forsberg (46th) and a missed big chance from Nordi Mukiele, who chased the ball to the post (72nd), RB went all the way in the final phase juice. out.
Behrens shows off his impressive upper body: a show of strength from Union
Leipzigers were too far from their opponents, allowing Unioners to play twice on the left side of the defense. Sven Michel, who came in as a substitute seconds earlier, dived into a post from Sheraldo Becker and scored with a header (86 ‘). Shortly afterwards, ex-Cottbuser and Paderborner put the ball on Kevin Behrens, who had also just come into play, with his sole in the penalty area (89 ‘). Powerhouse Behrens tore off his jersey and presented his impressive upper body to the 45,770 fans at Leipzig Stadium.
A show of strength and the late death blow for the home team, who had probably already believed that they could take home another victory despite a poor performance. “If we are honest, a victory would not have been deserved,” admitted Chief of Defense Willi Orban. Incidentally, not because Judge Daniel Schlager did not punish a clear penalty to Union. Mukiele’s kick against Niko Gießelmann with an open sole on the knee was unintentional but raw and should in any case have been punished with a penalty (60th).
Fight and “premier class” opens completely again
Now is the battle for “premier class” completely open again. Cup final opponent Freiburg is just two points behind Leipzig. And Union Berlin has not only collected points for a possible Europa League participation, but can even pose a threat to Leipzigers with only four points left in the close race of the Champions League. “Logically speaking” is “the iron” now a direct competitor, Tedesco warned. “It was not for nothing that Union stood before us for a long time this season. If they beat us, they can win anywhere.”
Are the Leipzig dance floor kings, who have so far hovered over the floor at three weddings without losing their substance, now in danger of running out of energy in the decisive phase three matches before the end of the season?
Orban: “Get fit physically and mentally”
At least that was the case against the Union. “We got no energy on the field, we did not send out many goal threats,” said Orban surprised. “It was not enough of us, we were not awake enough. Of course we are disappointed, we have to take a deep breath now, recover physically and mentally, these are intense weeks. ”
So a drop at the right time that can be done in light of the busy previous weeks? Only if the team learns the right lessons from it. “The defeat must make us aware that we must continue to give 100 percent in every action, that we do not win the battles on our own,” stressed Orban. In the last few weeks, it has sometimes seemed that RB will score even in worse matches. RB should not rely on it against Rangers who are as passionate and fast as Union.