If the big goal of the round of 16 is to be achieved, Leipzig must win the Champions League near Paris.
Paris (AP) – Ahead of the first small final against “perhaps the best attack in the world”, RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch spoke bluntly: “The calculation in the squad is clear. We need to points.”
“We have to defend very hard against Messi, Neymar and Mbappé,” the 47-year-old said ahead of the enormous Champions League task at Paris Saint-Germain on October 19 (9:00 p.m. / DAZN) and stressed: “C ‘ is a great chance to get a great result. “
Bad omen for RB Leipzig
If Leipzig doesn’t get this great result and receives the next shameful defeat, the round of 16 with zero points in three games should have already been completed. Omens are not the best. The runner-up has only won three wins in eight Bundesliga games. More recently, in Friborg, you scored a point with more luck than skill. The team has a crack, which can be felt in many inexplicably weak situations.
And now, of all people, Lionel Messi, Neymar and world champion Kylian Mbappé must be arrested overnight in the Prinzenpark. Marsch didn’t need to show his players a lot of video scenes about the quality of the trio. “But when it comes to tactical issues, the mix between them is still a building site,” said the American before leaving for the French metropolis. However, you need a really good performance against the ball and a good goalkeeper.
Marsch wants to rely on standards
And offensive? After the last few weeks, one can only hope – and trust the standards. This is also expected by Marsch who, despite the hectic season, still has the support of all the bosses. They also watched on Cottaweg how Club Brugge fought for a deserved 1: 1 against PSG. “And of course, every Paris opponent is trying to play a quick switching game,” Marsch said. It would practically be the ideal implementation of his game idea.
Marsch firmly believes it’s more firmly established in the squad than at 3: 6 at Manchester City. “We had a development. Of course, we still have a lot to do and PSG are a team with a lot more quality, but the clarity is more there with our boys, ”said the coach. But in the past, players haven’t always implemented the coach’s plan.
But in Paris, it will be the only chance. “If you see the results of past matches, we are not in great shape,” said defender Nordi Mukiele. “It’s up to us to implement the game plan to score points.” There have been three games so far between Leipzig and PSG, the Saxons have won one. PSG won the only meeting in the Prinzenpark last year 1-0, although Leipzig could have done more.
Now Messi is also on the pitch for the French runner-up. “He’s still one of the best in the world. He was something like the identity of Barcelona, ”enthused Marsch. But it does not quite fit in Paris. The 34-year-old has scored just one goal in five appearances so far. In Leipzig, they hope Messi’s form will last a bit longer.
Paris Saint-Germain: Donnarumma – Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes – Gueye, Verratti, Herrera – Messi, Mbappé, Neymar
RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Klostermann, Orban, Gvardiol – Mukiele, Haidara, Laimer, Angeliño – Nkunku, Forsberg – Poulsen
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)
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