Europa League: Finally tough

Europa League: Finally tough

Bayer Leverkusen returns to the league after the success against FC Zurich with joy. Leipzig, however, travels home with frustration from Glasgow. Where in the Bundesliga is now the serious duel with the Leverkusenern.

In one respect, Bayer Leverkusen are suddenly number one in German football in what has been a bumpy season for the club so far. As the first Bundesliga club, after the 1-0 (0-0) win against FC Zurich in the Europa League, the Rhinelander are the overwinterers in both cup competitions in which they started.

Now counts for the club on rank 13 of the tables until the end of the year only once the Bundesliga. "That's where we're lagging behind, and that's why we want to stalk there," said sporting director Rudi Völler and announced the much needed catch-up: "We want to work on Sunday in Leipzig and after the international break forwards." Coach Heiko Herrlich, who had also blown both fists up at the final whistle against the Swiss, was busy with the daily routine again shortly thereafter. "It is clear that we want and need to score points to find the connection again", he said: "We have some catching up to do."

In addition to the rest of the program – except for the Fourth Leipzig and Fifth Frankfurt Bayer meets until the winter break only on opponents who are eighth and worse in the table place – also donates the defensive performance of Thursday hope. After a total of 23 goals in four past Bayer matches Leverkusen secured against Zurich an unadorned victory in a tough game – and was just happy about it especially. "That was no football treats," said Herrlich: "But we did what we wanted: We played to zero." Also Völler said: "It does not always have to be a football fireworks, we were totally safe at the back, that was very, very, very neat."

At RB Leipzig, Leverkusen's opponent on Sunday in the league, the mood after the appearance in the Europa League on Thursday was much more modest. Due to an "underground" defense on the goals, his team lost 1: 2 (0: 1) at Celtic Glasgow, was the visibly distraught coach Ralf Rangnick: "We have ourselves for the reward of the second half brought .We were not online . "

Leipzig, who had previously played ten matches without defeat and six without conceding, is now in the coming two Europa League games at the sister club from Salzburg and in their own stadium against Rosenborg Trondheim under pressure. "To have it in our hands after the result of today, we definitely need a win in Salzburg," Rangnick said. Marcel Halstenberg also practiced self-criticism: "We were not awake at 0: 1 and not at the second goal either – it's annoying when you take the trip and sleep twice as much."

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