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.
Even though Trondheim have always been out of favor against German clubs against home fans, Rangnick does not expect an easy task in Norway: "We have watched Trondheim closely, it is a team that comes from a playful approach. They always try to get over the footballing spirit, for local conditions it is a strong team. "
Leverkusen plays against the Bundesliga frustration
In Group A Bayer Leverkusen and coach Heiko Herrlich are under pressure. The season of the Werkself footballers is very mixed. In the Bundesliga Bayer takes only table position 14 a. Most recently, the Rhinelander lost a two-goal advantage against Borussia Dortmund and lost 2-4. In the Europa League, however, succeeded the Herrlich team to start the group stage, a 3-2 success with Ludogorez Razgrad in Bulgaria.
"We want to score six points after the game," said Glorious before the second European Cup match this Thursday (18.55 in the F.A.Z. live ticker for Europa League and DAZN) against Cyprus Cup winner AEK Larnaka. If successful, the Leverkusen could plan ahead for the knockout stage. Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky made it clear that defeating Larnaka is important to the psyche in particular: "It would be important for the mind to win."
The personnel situation is tense. Charles Aránguiz, Julian Baumgartlinger, Panagiotis Retsos and Joel Pohjanpalo are long-term failures. Herrlich plans against Larnaka with Karim Bellarabi in the starting XI. In the league, the 28-year-old right winger is still suspended for the appearance on Sunday at SC Freiburg. Even the slightly battered right-back Mitchell Weiser should be ready for action. "He was fully trained on Tuesday. I'm optimistic, "said Herrlich.
Full stadium in Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt sets after the "ghost game" at Olympique Marseille in the home game of the Europa League on Thursday evening (21.00 clock in F.A.Z. Liveticker for Europa League and DAZN and Nitro) against Lazio especially on the 47,000 spectators in the sold out Commerzbank Arena. "The hut will be full, the fans will be 100 percent behind us," said Eintracht professional Marco Russ, who will replace the injured David Abraham in central defense. "For this reason, I also believe that we can win with the fans in the back," the defender continues. After the 2-1 win in Marseille, another success in Group H would open the door to the knockout round considerably.
Coach Hütter estimates Lazio more than Marseille. "Lazio is a big hurdle and a team with a lot of experience," he said. The Romans were tactically very disciplined and almost always played in the classic 3-5-2 game system.