Europa League: RB Leipzig fights against the criticism

Europa League: RB Leipzig fights against the criticism

RB Leipzig is already damned by the Norwegian record champion Rosenborg Trondheim on points. After the 2: 3 home defeat against RB Salzburg Ralf Rangnick's team is aiming for their first victory on Thursday (18.55 in the F.A.Z. Liveticker Europa League and DAZN) in Group B of the Europa League.

The close ties between Salzburg and Leipzig, however, continue to be met with skepticism by Rosenborg's board member Rune Bratseth. While he does not believe in collusion between clubs, both of which work closely with Red Bull, it's not good for the two clubs to think, "Ah, they belong together, how are they supposed to play fair?" He said former players of Werder Bremen in an interview with the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. Previously, Bratseth had already criticized the construct in an interview with the WDR: "People think about when they play against each other and ask what happens when the penultimate day of the match is and maybe both need a point?" For the 57-year-old is Clearly, "they work together, otherwise you can not call it that. You can not get away from this connection ".

When playing in Norway, especially the Leipzig offensive is in demand. Because the Dutch Rosenborg coach Rini Coolen sets as a former defender increasingly on the defense. Not really a problem for Ralf Rangnick. In addition to the fast Timo Werner, who brought it so far (only) on two goals this season, recorded his striker colleagues Yussuf Poulsen and Jean-Kevin Augustin across all competitions six hits. For Dane Poulsen, the route is clear: "We know we lost the first group match, but we come to Trondheim with a lot of confidence and want the win."

In midfield, however, RB has to renounce short term on two regular players. Kevin Kampl and playmaker Emil Forsberg did not even begin their journey into cold Norway. "Kevin has a cold, it would not have made sense. Thank God he has no fever. Emil still has slight adductor problems but should be fit for the next match, "said Rangnick.

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