RB Leipzig - Manchester C

Europe: Champions League
RB Leipzig D. Szoboszlai (24), A. Silva (71)
Red Bull ArenaFull time2-1
Manchester C R. Mahrez (77), K. Walker (83)

Szoboszlai after win: "Of course, we ask why we can't always play like this."

By Peter Vice

Dominik Szoboszlai and Konrad Laimer expressed hopes that their team could build upon Tuesday's success during their post-match interviews on Tuesday evening. 

Interim trainer Achim Beierlorzer also gave availability updates ahead of the final phase of the Bundesliga's 2021/22 "Hin-runde".

Dominik Szoboszlai.
Dominik Szoboszlai.

Two massive wins in the Champions' League weren't enough to save Jesse Marsch's coaching regime. Despite suffering blow after blow related to COVID, Germany's Saxon Red Bulls were able to pull off two consecutive UCL group stage victories. A 5-0 thrashing of Brugge and a 2-1 over city before empty stands in the Red Bull Arena proved sufficient for RB to improbably rescue an Europa League referral out of the 2021/22 competition's "Group of Death".

"We set out to have fun playing football," Konrad Laimer said afterwards, "We found a good mixture of defending deep and creating good switching situations. We'll need to pick up again where we left off today."

Laimer supplied the assist on Dominik Szoboszlai's opening goal. The fact that the two high caliber players, both of whom most virtually all of last year with injury, could indeed be an encouraging sign for a team that never developed a coherent identity after losing their head-coach, captain, and main defensive anchor this past offseason.

"Of course, we ask ourselves why we can't always play like this," Szoboszlai noted in his post match interview, "We can play really badly, but today we also showed that we can play really well against a top opponent."

The final phase of the 2021/22 Hin-runde will see Leipzig play Gladbach, Augsburg, and Bielefeld in the league over the next twelve days.

Interim trainer Achim Beirlorzer indicated that Willi Orban and Amadou Haidara might be available to the club in time for the weekend. Yussuf Poulsen and Dani Olmo definitely remain out for the duration of the calendar year.

After dismissing trainer Marsch (who hadn't even been able to lead the team on the sidelines in his final three matches in charge), the club promised a new appointment "promptly".

It should be noted that chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff also promised to appoint a new sporting director "promptly" seven months ago and has still not done so.

RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi (C)
22Nordi Mukiele ↪79
16Lukas Klostermann ↪46
32Joško Gvardiol
27Konrad Laimer ↪63
44Kevin Kampl
18Christopher Nkunku
10Emil Forsberg ↪79
17Dominik Szoboszlai
33André Silva ↪86
31Josep Martínez
21Brian Brobbey ↩79
2Mohamed Simakan ↩46
35Solomon Bonnah Owusu
39Benjamin Henrichs ↩79
14Tyler Adams ↩63
26Moriba Kourouma Kourouma ↩86
Manchester C
13Zack Steffen
2Kyle Walker
5John Stones
6Nathan Aké ↪87
11Oleksandr Zinchenko
8İlkay Gündoğan
25Fernandinho (C)
17Kevin De Bruyne ↪87
26Riyad Mahrez
10Jack Grealish
47Philip Foden ↪46
33Scott Carson
7Raheem Sterling ↩46
3Rúben Dias ↩87
56Conrad Jonathan Egan Riley
97Josh Wilson-Esbrand
80Cole Palmer ↩87
87James Mcatee
90Roméo Lavia

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