RB Leipzig demolished Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend, lifting themselves to third place in the Bundesliga and making them a legit title contender heading into the November international break. The team’s slow start is a thing of the past as they unbeaten since the opening weekend against current front runners Borussia Dortmund.
Leipzig Enter Break with First Place in Reach
“It’s great fun at the moment watching the lads play,” said manager Ralf Rangnick. “It was a brilliant all-around display from us. If we keep at it, it will be just as tough to score against us in the future. Plus, we’re always in a position to score one or two goals, as we showed today.”
The goals have been plentiful and from a variety of places. The team currently has a +13 goal differential, tied for second best in the league. Yussuf Poulsen and Bruma in particular have emerged as fantastic offensive options, leaving players like Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg to roam the field with far more freedom. Defenses have been on the back-foot and have been off-balance throughout the campaign.
The one area where Leipzig has had issues is in Europe. The Europa League is on the verge of disaster and appears like it will come down to the final group stage game against Red Bull Salzburg. Currently at six points, the East German team has traded wins with Celtic FC meaning that the final game against Salzburg will more than likely decide their fate.
The game will be in Leipzig on the 29th and will once again see the clash of styles between Rangnick and Marco Rose. Salzburg came away with the win in Austria after an exciting game but now the stakes will be even higher. Salzburg is all but in the round of 32 and could send their fellow energy drink friends home with one ruthless stroke.
That pressure shouldn’t distract from what has already been a very successful start to the season. 13 different players have been called into their national teams over the break, showing just how sought-after the players in Leipzig truly are. Next week they will return to action against Wolfsburg before that fateful game against their fellow Red Bull brethren.