With a lot of momentum and great self-confidence RB Leipzig goes to the quarterfinal first leg of the Europa League. The double title chance also motivates.
A few players left a little too long, then there was Domenico Tedesco to colorful. He had when graduating "a bit earlier, to make a bit of steam," said the coach of RB Leipzig.
The focus on the quarterfinals in the Europa League against Atalanta Bergamo was "full there" - but certainly is safe, Tedesco finds. Because: the first leg on Thursday ( 18: 45 / RTL + ) in Leipzig be "very important for the club" and the opponent a "heavy challenge".
Maybe Tedesco sees the soft danger that his team loses a little bit liability in the current altitude flight. Borussia Dortmund disenchanted, undefeated since ten compulsory games - and the opponent also denies the dress rehearsal - what can already go wrong? A lot, warned Tedesco.
Atalanta is what the organization concerns "one of the best Italian teams", the German-Italian swarmed. The table sieves of the series A games "very coordinated" and both in defense as well as in the attack "very flexible".
RB Leipzig according to BVB-Coup self-confident
But despite all warnings of the coach: RB goes as a favorite in the duel. Not only the individual class in the squad, also the current form speaks clearly for the Bundesliga club. The impressive 4: 1 away win in BVB has the chest of the Leipziger have been wider again.
"It's nice, of course, to win so clearly at such a atmosphere," said double teacher Konrad Laimer: "We want to take this push to the next games now." Playmaker Emil Forsberg spoke of a famous start "in this mega-april", which looks great hopes in the European Cup and in the DFB Cup: "If we continue to play, then that can be really good."
Bergamo conceded a setback in the trade fair city before traveling - but not against some. Against the second SSC Naples, the team of coach Gian Piero Gasperini had to be beaten with 1: 3. Optically and also in many statistics, however, the Lombards were superior. Atalanta, warned Tedesco, "is a really good opponent with many horny players".
RB Leipzig wants to keep Nkunku
But that also meets RB, the currently talented professional in the squad is probably Christopher Nkunku. The Frenchman has already achieved 27 competitive players this season and the interest of the big clubs.
But a sale this summer is not mandatory, RB is even working on an extension of the currently up to 2024 contract.
Nkunkus advantages: His salary would immediately double to seven million euros. And an annual exit clause, which is redeemed in 2023 at at least 60 million euros and to shrink afterwards, would still make it a later change. This reported the "League Image".