Manchester C - RB Leipzig

Europe: Champions League
Manchester C N. Aké (16), N. Mukiele (28), R. Mahrez (Pen. 45), J. Grealish (56), J. Cancelo (75), G. Jesus (85)
Etihad Stadium6-3Attendance: 38.062
RB Leipzig C. Nkunku (42), C. Nkunku (51), C. Nkunku (73), Angeliño (79)

Marsch praises team's second half performance: "With power, confidence, and better ideas."

By Peter Vice

After a wildly entertaining (if not draining) nine-goal tit-for-tat on Wednesday evening, Leipzig trainer Jesse Marsch still managed to find words to describe the performance of his team.

Swedish forward Emil Forsberg also conducted a post-match-interview.

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

A "fight back spirit" saw one of Germany's Champions' League representatives refuse to outright concede their opening UCL fixture at the Etihad. RB's Christopher Nkunku recorded a hat trick in the losing effort. With some mixture of pride in the comeback and frustration at having conceded nine goals, attacker Emil Forsberg and trainer Jesse Marsch spoke to the DAZN microphones afterwards. 

"If we wish to keep up, we can't allow so many easy goals," Forsberg said afterwards, "We could have shown a bit more courage, but it wasn't bad at all."

New RB trainer Jesse Marsch seemed to think the team demonstrated enough courage. Nukunku's tallies brought the team back from a two-goal-deficit twice, even if they were never able to draw level. Marsch particularly liked how the team responded to a 1-3 half-time deficit that could have led to a complete surrender. 

"The way we played in the second half was very good," Marsch said, "With power, confidence, and better ideas. We responded well, but it proved too little against this opponent."

"We have to learn," Forsberg added, "The plan we had today was good." 

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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