RB Leipzig are no longer a contender for the Bundesliga title, argues Lothar Matthäus.
|Angelino and Julian Nagelsmann (RB Leipzig).||Photo: GEPA Pictures/Christian Schroedter/POOL via Picture Point|
Lothar Matthäus believes RB Leipzig dropped out of the title race when they drew 1-1 against Freiburg at home on Saturday.
The draw saw 'Die Roten Bullen' drop to fourth place in the Bundesliga while their title rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Dortmund all won in convincing fashion.
And with eight games left to play this season and a seven-point deficit to league leaders Bayern München, Matthäus no longer believes RB Leipzig can go on to win the title.
"Anyone who can and wants to win the title, can't drop five points in two games against SC Freiburg. And I say that with the highest respect and esteem for [Freiburg coach] Christian Streich and his top work at this likeable club," Matthäus wrote in a column for Sky and continued:
"RB Leipzig are no longer in the title race after the weekend. To be seven points behind Bayern and with the strong Dortmund and Gladbach ahead of them as well, it's not really possible anymore. For Leipzig, it will be about staying in the top four, because Leverkusen are within a striking distance.
"They will learn from it, and their great development will continue. The coach, the players and those responsible are great in every respect. But someone else will probably be the champion this season."
RB Leipzig will look to get back to winning ways when they face Mainz away on Sunday.