Marsch struggles to regular RB Leipzig’s erratic kind


LEIPZIG:

Champions League semi-finalists in 2020, RB Leipzig are struggling underneath American coach Jesse Marsch to keep up the shape that took them near the top of European soccer.

Leipzig host Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in a repeat of their 2020 semi-final gained by the French champions, who additionally beat the Germans in Paris earlier on this season’s group stage a fortnight in the past.

Marsch, 47, changed Julian Nagelsmann who left to affix Bayern Munich afer final season.

Despite steering sister membership Red Bull Salzburg to the Austrian league and cup double in every of the final two seasons, Marsch has minimize a annoyed determine as Leipzig have posted inconsistent outcomes.

“Obviously we had imagined a very different start to the season,” admitted CEO Oliver Mintzlaff, who has backed Marsch to regular the ship after three Champions League defeats.

“We were well aware that it would take some time after so many changes both to the team and coaching staff and changes off the pitch.”

Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt meant Leipzig missed out on fourth place within the Bundesliga after leaking a last-gasp equaliser.

“It was crazy, we had everything under control, but the forwards missed a lot of chances and we made too many mistakes,” Marsch fumed.

His appraisal of Saturday’s sport might additionally sum up Leipzig’s season.

Founded in 2009 and backed by the deep pockets of Austrian drinks giants Red Bull, RB Leipzig flew up by the German soccer pyramid to reach the Bundesliga for the 2016/17 season.

Rather than signing large names, shrewd recruiting introduced in Timo Werner, earlier than he left to affix Chelsea, Yussuf Poulsen, Emil Forsberg and Peter Gulacsi.

Yet outdoors Saxony, RB Leipzig is unpopular with German followers.

RB Leipzig has bent the German league’s ’50+1′ rule – designed to cease a backer proudly owning a controlling share – as most of their small variety of members have direct hyperlinks to Red Bull.

Even the title evades a ban on a sponsor showing in a membership’s title as ‘RasenBallsport’ (LawnBallsport) is a fabricated German phrase which frequently results in them being incorrectly known as ‘Red Bull Leipzig’.

Critics accuse Red Bull of producing a membership to advertise their merchandise.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has accused RB Leipzig of solely present to promote cans of vitality drink.

Nevertheless, RB Leipzig have proved a mannequin membership, twice runners up within the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich and by no means ending outdoors the highest six throughout their time in Germany’s prime flight.

They are presently eighth underneath Marsch.

It seemed just like the transition after Nagelsmann can be easy once they thrashed Stuttgart 4-Zero firstly of the season.

Then got here defeats to Wolfsburg and Bayern earlier than Leipzig have been crushed 6-Three at Manchester City within the Champions League.

“Maybe it’s not fair that we have such big tests now like against Bayern and away at Manchester,” mentioned an exasperated Marsch on the time.

Leipzig bounced again and whipped Hertha Berlin 6-Zero within the Bundesliga.

Then they misplaced 2-1 at home to Brugge earlier than main PSG on the Parc des Princes just for Lionel Messi to take advantage of fundamental errors and rating twice as Leipzig misplaced 3-2.

Four days after happening combating in Paris, they struggled badly at home to Greuther Fuerth earlier than late objectives sealed a 4-1 win.

Marsch rated Leipzig’s plucky efficiency in Paris as their “best of the season” however a fourth defeat on Wednesday would be the remaining nail of their Champions League hopes this season.

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