RB Leipzig is on the road in Cologne on Monday afternoon against a Koln team that also suffered a setback in midweek play as they slumped to a loss 3-1 to Hoffenheim.
Regardless of the result, manager Julian Nagelmann and his squad is highly motivated for the match and want to put three points on the board. In his press conference, the manager spoke about the upcoming opponents, the team’s developments, and gave an update on the squad.
“1. FC Köln has undergone an impressive transformation under Markus Gisdol. They’ve tightened up and strengthened in midfield. Markus’ way of playing is very direct. They’re strong at the set-piece. They’re now more aggressive in defense and create a lot of good chances to score. They have started well after such a long break. They suffered a little setback against TSG Hoffenheim, but are generally a team on the up.”
…The match schedule:
“We’re used to playing every three days. So I haven’t criticized the schedule of games. But I can say that the fixture list hasn’t always been kind to us – we often had to play away after a midweek Champions League game. You have to compare the two teams who are facing each other. Hertha BSC simply had two days more rest than us.
We were a bit tired and didn’t have our best day. It’s always a bit of a tough ask to come from behind – especially when the fans aren’t there with you, and you haven’t recovered from the Mainz game. Our last three goals conceded have all come from set-pieces. We need to defend these much better. If we don’t concede first, our quality shines through. We’re happy to be able to have enough time to prepare for the game in Cologne.”
…What’s at stake:
“We can have the best ever season in the club’s history. In order to achieve that, we want to and need to get points. The game against Hertha was our worst game in a long time. Now we have the chance to add to our good points tally.”
Team Injuries and Suspensions:
Yussuf Poulsen is out with a ligament injury.
Ethan Ampadu is still out due to back problems.
Ibrahima Konaté is still injured and will not be fit for Köln.
Kevin Kampl’s status is still up in the air. He is still suffering from a trapped nerve. After tests on Friday, they hope he’ll be able to train with the team on Saturday.
Timo Werner and Marcel Sabitzer are both on four yellow cards. One more yellow card for either one in Cologne would mean suspended for the next match.
Marcel Halstenberg is suspended after being sent off for two bookable offenses against Hertha.
Kickoff is scheduled at 2:30pm EDT. The match will be televised on FS2