Leipzig’s important stretch ; Salzburg face off against former manager in friendly

RB Leipzig were able to rebound from their defeat against Borrusia Dortmund with a 4-0 thrashing of Fortuna Düsseldorf this past weekend.

Tyler Adams made his competitive debut for the team, while Emil Forsberg made his return after being out for four months due to injury.

Leipzig will look to carry the momentum from the win into their crucial stretch of games coming up.

Three Games in 9 Days and One More Signing

Leipzig will play three games in 9 days and it will start with a trip against Hannover on Friday. Hannover has failed to claim a win in their last 8 matches in the Bundesliga and has managed only two wins all year at home. Leipzig were able to defeat them earlier in the year 3-2 thanks in part to a Timo Werner brace. Leipzig will then face off against VfL Wolfsburg in the third round of the DFB-Pokal German Cup on Wednesday.

Both of the teams met back in November in league play with Wolfsburg winning 1-0. To cap off the week Leipzig will host 5th Eintracht Frankfurt that Saturday. With the race for fourth place being close it will be interesting to see how manager Ralf Rangnick chooses to rotate his squad. Leipzig are also acquiring one more player before the window closes as Emile Smith Rowe will join on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season.

Salzburg Staying Sharp for Strong Second Half

While league play won’t resume for another few weeks for Red Bull Salzburg they are still keeping the team fresh with Atlantic Cup friendlies. They were able to defeat Czech Republic side Slavia Prague on Sunday 1-0 with a goal from Patson Daka. On Friday, they face Chinese cup winners Beijing Guoan , coached by former RB Salzburg manager Roger Schmidt.

Schmidt managed RB Salzburg from 2012 to 2014 and during his time with the club he won a league title and led the team to the round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League. Salzburg have one more friendly scheduled next week against SK Vorwärts Steyr before they resume competitive play. Manager Marco Rose looks to continue his Austrian Bundesliga and Europa League success. RB Salzburg’s first competitive game after the break will come against Belgium side Club Brugge.

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