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RB Leipzig chief demands Champions League qualification

By Henrik Petersen

RB Leipzig can't drop too many points if they want to realize their ambition of qualifying for the Champions League, warns club chief Oliver Mintzlaff.

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

RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff demands improvement after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Freiburg in the Bundesliga, which saw 'Die Roten Bullen' drop from third to fourth in the league table.

Being just one point clear of fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig can't afford to drop too many points if they are to succeed in their ambition of qualifying for the Champions League, Mintzlaff underlines in an interview with Sport Bild.


"That wasn't a satisfactory way to resume the Bundesliga for us, because we have to get points in the fight for the Champions League places. We didn't make use of our chances. Football is result sport. In the end, we were even lucky not to lose after we conceded a goal in injury time, which was only just offside," he said and added:

"We have to be ready in the upcoming games and get our game going from the first minute. Everyone must understand that we subordinate everything to our goal of qualifying for the Champions League, which is a sporting obligation.

"Now it's all about playing the most successful season in our young club's Bundesliga history. Having already reached the quarter-finals in the Champions League, we need to qualify for next season's tournament. This must be the next step, which will have a major impact on our overall business."

In their next game, Leipzig lock horns with Mainz away from home on Sunday.

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