It is not unusual that a player flies from the square in a DFB Cup final with a yellow-red-it is rather that it is already a replaced player with Kevin Kampl. For teammates Emil Forsberg, who had brought Leipzig to the final with his header in added time against Union Berlin (2-1), this commitment - even outside the field - was a reason for success. "That shows our passion, our mentality."
Forsberg himself also pushed the team from the outside after his replacement. "I think Domenico had six or seven co-trainers," grinned the Swede.
RB managing director Oliver Mintzlaff also saw "mentality" at his Leipzigers at "Sky". For the official, the first big title is also a bit of satisfaction - "for everything we had to endure and read". Mintzlaff had to read "loss of substance at all levels" - and "Then we play our best season in our club history. That is just football."
Tedesco sees "madness"
Domenico Tedesco, who had replaced Jesse Marsch during the season, also had a decisive part in the successful season. Tedesco also did not want to forget the basis of the predecessor and then praised his eleven "for the mad performance". Especially in the second half of this final, the coach had seen an increase, which was not slowed down by the dismissal of Marcel Halstenberg (57th), but even received an additional boost. "We found the rooms better than in the eleven against eleven."
He has to whistle it.
For keeper Peter Gulacsi, the dismissal, paired with the deficit, the decisive thrust, was to attack again and prevent the third final defeat in the fourth year. The motto "Now we really have nothing to lose" have prevailed in the minds of the Leipzig players. "In the end, we may have made the balance because of that."
RB Leipzig cheered the first DFB Cup. Imago/Jan Huebner
After the game, Tedesco still annoyed that Christopher Nkunkus hit (76.) only meant 1-1. "That was the first chance of scoring. We were sure that he would take the thing back because of the hand." Referee Sascha Stegemann and his team also decided on goal after Var deployment because preparer Roland Sallai had unintentionally jumped when accepted - and so Maximilian Eggestein was able to take the lead. "He has to whistle it," Tedesco persevered in his opinion.
Even with the not given in the duel of Nicolas Höfler and Dani Olmo in extra time (118th), as a result of which Kampl had seen the yellow red card, the coach did not agree. "Not to give that, I have to say, respect. But we won it and that's why I can speak that way."
The Leipzigers won the final because they saved themselves after over an hour and three Freiburg aluminum hits in the penalty shootout, where Christian Günter then scored over the goal and Himbed Demirovic failed on the crossbar. "We have to celebrate that. I don't know how, but definitely big," Forsberg said the direction for a long Leipzig party night.
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