RB Leipzig is your typical new kid on the block. Having been Taken by beverage giant Red Bull When they were in the fifth division, the club saw their luck skyrocket. Having made their way through the lower divisions of the Bundesliga in just seven years, they made their first foray into the top flight in 2016. Since then, they have finished runners-up twice and have become the top four regular contenders, as well as making inroads in the Champions League.
NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN
Their former coach Julian Nagelsmann transformed the team into one of the most exciting in Europe, thrilling the public every season, and it reached the semi-final of Europe’s premier competition in 2020. Accomplishing that feat in just its 11th year of existence is not Little thing.
– UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 13, 2020
With the charismatic manager leaving this season after a disappointing loss to Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final, Leipzig signed RB Salzburg head coach Jesse Marsch. The American had had great success winning honors in his homeland and Austria, the latter in a league they dominated.
The Austrian Bundesliga awards the 2020/21
– FC Red Bull Salzburg EN (@FCRBS_en) May 21, 2021
However, assuming power from the German powers is a slightly different task. Can the upstarts continue in their supreme form or will they regress with a new head coach? It’s too early to call at this point, but the Red Bull project hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down yet.
TRANSFERS TO BE KEY
Leipzig have already been hit in the transfer market with some key sales. Young defender Ibrahim Konate went to Liverpool, while central defender Dayot Upacemano joined Bayern Munich. The talented Dutch winger Justin Kluivert left after his loan ended.
– Bayern and Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 25, 2021
These have been important outings mainly because Leipzig does not change its core much. All of these names had played a lot with Nagelsman, underscoring his importance to the team. The Red Bull model depends on pursuing exciting talents who can become world leaders. They know that letting the players go is inevitable since the club’s model depends on that.
I am focused on being the best version of myself. pic.twitter.com/Pc5wYxFswz
– André Silva (@ andrevsilva19) July 23, 2021
However, they have also been busy getting stronger with some key acquisitions. Andre Silva, the second top scorer of last season in the Bundesliga, arrived from Frankfurt for 25 million euros. Ajax teenager Brian Brobbey has also signed for Die Roten Bullen, while Czech defender Josko Gvardiol will finally get his chance. The main concern remains with the key players Marcel Sabitzer and Emil Forsberg.
RB Leipzig has:
-Replaced Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate with Mohamed Simakan, Josko Gvardiol and potentially Maxence Lacroix
-Signed Angeliño and Benjamin Henrichs in permanent agreements
-Signed Brian Brobbey on a free transfer
-Completed a £ 23 million deal for André Silva
– Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) July 2, 2021
The Swede, Forsberg, in particular, had a brilliant Euro 2020 campaign and was able to get some offers from all over Europe. However, Marsch has a highly talented and future team that can maintain its position among the top echelons of the table. If they can bring in a few more players, which is very likely, the chances of finishing in the top three will be further solidified.
SCORE MORE, AWARD LESS
Many had considered that Nagelsmann had turned the team into one that others would not like to face. Although they finished 13 points behind the Bavarians in second place, they had the fewest goals conceded at 32. That speaks volumes for the German coach’s supremely efficient defense, who is now stripped of his two key leaders.
Sunday for statistics 📊
So far he has only conceded four goals, saving 78% of shots on goal ⛔
– RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) November 15, 2020
Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi has been a stalwart in goal keeping 15 clean sheets and has been with the club since 2015. On the other hand, he also scored the fewest goals in the top five with no player entering double digits in the league. . The top scorer was Captain Sabitzer with eight goals.
🇦🇹 RB Leipzig with / without Marcel Sabitzer as a starter in the Bundesliga this season
🆚 Games: 19/8
✅ Wins: 10/7
🤝 Ties: 5/1
❌ Losses: 4/0
🤔 Win Rate: 52.6% / 87.5%
🗞️ Tottenham is still interested in the Austrian midfielder … pic.twitter.com/K5YHNXkeO2
– WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 7, 2021
That has certainly influenced his thinking to land Silva, who scored 28 goals the final period in his hottest season. Without a doubt, the Portuguese will be a key man who will have a lot of help behind him. Dani Olmo (five goals, nine assists), Christopher Nkunku (six goals, six assists) along with others are creative playmakers full of technical skills. They will be key in Leipzig becoming a scoring machine at a breakneck pace that they have in abundance.
Also, your wings are known to constantly advance and attack which gear you will use the most. Challenging for the title is a constant goal for Die Roten Bullen that the owners want to achieve as soon as possible. Marsch knows that he must improve the work of Nagelsmann, whose shadow will become very important.
Oliver #Mintzlaff, CEO of RB Leipzig: “At Jesse Marsch, we have been able to recruit our main target of head coach and quickly fill the most important position on the sporting side of the club with a top-notch coach.”
– RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) April 29, 2021
However, it’s not that March is new in a pressure environment or Red Bull setup. You know what the demands are, how intense the competition will be. That last part is a key facet of the Bundesliga today. Apart from Bavaria, there is intense fighting for the remaining places. No one knows this better than Leipzig himself, who were only one point ahead of Dortmund in the final standings.
It’s no secret that Leipzig is one of the most hated clubs in Germany. Due to his corporate ownership and ways of parachuting to success, Marsch will have to handle this cauldron well off the field. Ultimately, it will be their results that speak for themselves and there is still nothing to suggest that they cannot progress further.
🗣️ head coach @jessemarsch in our opening friendly:
“It was a good start, but we definitely have some work ahead of us!”
– RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) July 17, 2021
The Champions League will also present a new kind of challenge and have been known to cause all kinds of problems for traditional bigwigs. If Leipzig continues his unbridled style, there is little doubt that the silverware will be calling him very soon.