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Marsch wary of Manchester City strength: 'The toughest game is the first one in Manchester'

By Rune Gjerulff

Jesse Marsch believes Wednesday's game against Manchester City will be RB Leipzig's toughest game of the Champions League group stages.

Jesse Marsch.
Jesse Marsch.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Kerstin Doelitzsch

RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch knows it will be difficult to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League, with last season's finalists Manchester City and semi-finalists Paris Saint-Germain in the German side's group along with Club Brugge.

"It should never be easy in the Champions League. That wouldn't be appropriate for the competition. PSG and Man City are certainly among the best teams in the world at the moment, if they are not the two best sides. That means the task will be very difficult," Marsch told Kicker.

"But we have to make sure we're fired up for these big games and that we're ready for these challenges. We have to enjoy ourselves and play to our limit. But above all, we must not be afraid," added the Leipzig coach before looking ahead to Wednesday's opener against Manchester City.

"I have to say that the toughest game is the first one in Manchester. City are perhaps a more homogeneous team than PSG, and I had hoped that we would face them later on because we are still in the middle of a process here."

RB Leipzig have had a rough start to the season, losing three of their first four Bundesliga games under Marsch.

Manchester C
27João Cancelo
3Rúben Dias (C)
6Nathan Aké
11Oleksandr Zinchenko
17Kevin De Bruyne ↩71
16Rodri Hernández ↩59
20Bernardo Silva ↩59
26Riyad Mahrez
21Ferrán Torres ↩71
10Jack Grealish ↩81
33Scott Carson
84Cieran Slicker
7Raheem Sterling ↪71
9Gabriel Jesus ↪81
2Kyle Walker
8İlkay Gündoğan ↪59
25Fernandinho ↪59
47Philip Foden ↪71
80Cole Palmer
90Roméo Lavia
RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi (C)
22Nordi Mukiele
16Lukas Klostermann
4Willi Orban
14Tyler Adams
27Konrad Laimer ↩60
18Christopher Nkunku ↩81
25Daniel Olmo ↩72
10Emil Forsberg ↩61
33André Silva ↩60
31Josep Martínez
9Yussuf Poulsen ↪60
21Brian Brobbey ↪72
2Mohamed Simakan
32Joško Gvardiol ↪81
39Benjamin Henrichs
8Amadou Haidara ↪60
17Dominik Szoboszlai ↪61
26Moriba Kourouma Kourouma
44Kevin Kampl

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