Saturday September 11th 2021
Whistles and protests from the stands
Leipzig goes under when Nagelsmann returns
The return to Leipzig is ideal for Julian Nagelsmann. He gets all three points. And finally wins against a top team. Displeasure is stirring in the stands. The master looks up, vice-master RB faces difficult weeks with only three points from four games.
Julian Nagelsmann thanked each player with a handshake, a smile crossed his face. The return to Leipzig was a triumphant one for the new Bayern Munich coach – despite the whistles before kick-off. “Basically it was good. I’ve always felt comfortable here, today too,” said the 34-year-old after the 4-1 (1-0) of the soccer record champions at his ex-club RB on Sky. Looking at the clear result, he added: “We weren’t that much better. We can certainly play better.”
Striker star Robert Lewandowski converted a hand penalty early on to his sixth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead (12th) for the guests. Referee Deniz Aytekin had pointed to the point after video evidence because the ball hit Kevin Kampl’s hand. National players Jamal Musiala (47th) and Leroy Sane (54th) followed suit. Konrad Laimer (58th) was only able to shorten the game to 1: 3 for RB. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (90th + 2) put the finishing touches. “Four goals hurt,” said Laimer, “we have to improve, but it was definitely not all bad.”
Fifth competitive game, fifth victory
The Munich team picked up momentum with the fifth win from the last five competitive games and celebrated a successful dress rehearsal for the Champions League opener next Tuesday at the Spanish top club FC Barcelona. The Leipzigers, who compete in the premier class at Manchester City one day later, made a false start with three points from four games.
When going to the interview, Nagelsmann was greeted with a whistle and boos from many RB fans, who resent their ex-trainer also resented the change of Marcel Sabitzer and some assistants to FCB. “That didn’t come as a surprise,” said the 34-year-old on Sky, “that’s a bit normal, emotions are part of football, everything is okay.”
Sabitzer, who was brought from Leipzig shortly before the end of the transfer, was greeted with shrill whistles when he was substituted one hour later. Another ex-Leipzig player played in Dayot Upamecano from the start. In addition, Nagelsmann had Thomas Müller and Alphonso Davies, who had returned from their international trips, appear in the starting line-up.
Leipzig in the end without a chance
A fast-paced game developed from the start with opportunities on both sides. The early 1-0 for the guests was good for the game, the Leipzigers had to open their cover and attack. The Munich team used the rooms to counterattack. Left-back Angelino (35th and 36th) and offensive player Dani Olmo (45th) gave RB great opportunities to equalize in the first half. On the other side, Serge Gnabry (32nd) and Lewandowski (41st) made it 2-0.
Gnabry was injured in stoppage time in the first half, and his national team-mate Musiala came on for him – and the youngster caused a bang right after the break. After a cross from Davies, the 18-year-old took the ball cleanly with his right and executed it with his left. As a result, Leipzig increased the pressure even more, but an offside goal by Andre Silva (51st) was denied. At the back, the home side were way too open, which Bayern mercilessly punished with the third goal after a counter-attack. After the 1: 3 Leipzig threw everything forward again.