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Mintzlaff says Leipzig won't wait until Christmas to make changes

By Peter Vice

RB Leipzig boss Oliver Mintzlaff made clear that there would be no "pre-Christmas" grace period for Jesse Marsch and when speaking to the DAZN microphones after Friday's loss.

Oliver Mintzlaff.
Oliver Mintzlaff.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag

Oliver Mintzlaff used words such as "desolate", "castrophic", and "truly, truly bad" when describing RB Leipzig's performance following the club's historic third straight league defeat on Friday. Despite reports that the German Red Bulls are considering bringing in some additional help for head-coach Jesse Marsch first, there is no growing speculation that RB may wish to dispense with the Marsch regime entirely.

The 46-year-old club administrator seemed to confirm as much in his post-match comments on Friday.

"We won't bury our heads in the sand and wait until Christmas," Mintzlaff told the microphones of German broadcaster DAZN afterwards, "We have to think about things and everything is on the table."

The long-time club executive took care to shift the focus back to the players snd emphasized that the administrative re-think wasn't solely a coaching discussion.

"Today the team was in charge and that was definitely too little," Mintzlaff noted, "It's a team discussion that we need to have now. It's a matter of laser focus. We have 18 points from 14 games. That doesn't meet our standards and not what we expect from this great squad."

Leipzig have actually been coached by three separate trainers in the last three weeks. Co-trainer Achim Beierlorzer had to enter isolation for COVID-related reasons earlier in the week. The last three league defeats have thus come with Marsch (Hoffenheim), Beierlorzer (Leverkusen), and Marco Kurth (Union Berlin) directing the team from the dugout.

Such an excuse may prove insufficient for Mintzlaff, who brought up the fact that Leipzig had arguably the deepest and most expensive roster in the league.

"We have a squad that is certainly among the three or four best in the Bundesliga," he noted, "That is our belief."

Union Berlin
1Andreas Luthe
6Julian Ryerson
5Marvin Friedrich (C)
31Robin Knoche
25Timo Baumgartl
23Niko Gießelmann
27Sheraldo Becker ↪80
8Rani Khedira
21Grischa Prömel
14Taiwo Awoniyi ↪80
10Max Kruse ↪72
19Frederik Rønnow
9Andreas Voglsammer ↩80
17Kevin Behrens ↩80
3Paul Jaeckel
20Bastian Oczipka
28Christopher Trimmel
7Levin Öztunali
24Genki Haraguchi ↩72
30Kevin Möhwald
RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi (C)
22Nordi Mukiele
16Lukas Klostermann ↪70
32Joško Gvardiol
39Benjamin Henrichs ↪64
27Konrad Laimer ↪70
14Tyler Adams
18Christopher Nkunku
17Dominik Szoboszlai ↪78
33André Silva
31Josep Martínez
10Emil Forsberg ↩64
21Brian Brobbey ↩78
2Mohamed Simakan ↩70
35Solomon Bonnah Owusu
37Lars Sidney Raebiger
44Kevin Kampl ↩70
45Mehmet Ibrahimi
47Joscha Wosz

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