The bloodletting in the summer of 2021 was violent. With Julian Nagelsmann, Marcel Sabitzer and Dayot Upamecano, the coach, captain and defense chief left RB Leipzig for FC Bayern Munich. The start of the season was correspondingly bumpy, but in the end the season ended up in the Champions League again and in the first title in the club’s history – the DFB Cup.
At the beginning of the new round, the signs in Leipzig are completely different, a paradigm shift has taken place. Not only that RB with David Raum (24 / TSG Hoffenheim) has already won a German national player against strong competition – with Timo Werner (26 / FC Chelsea) another DFB kicker is to come. This is called statement transfers.
Three top performers remain
But it is even more striking that Leipzig – unlike 2021 – keeps its own top performers. The contract was extended with Germany’s footballer of the year Christopher Nkunku (24). Josko Gvardiol (20) could be sold to England for horrendous money, but the defender remains. And RB is also playing with its muscles against Bayern this time.
Konrad Laimer (25) has done it to the people of Munich. With only one year left on the contract, RB insists on a hefty 30 million euros transfer fee. As a result, according to ‘Bild’, the midfield endurance runner is now clearly pointing to whereabouts.
Eberl should come too
There was also a tip in the direction of Munich. “I hope that Bayern will find other ideas and not always bring our players”, Oliver Mintzlaff recently said on the house and farm broadcaster ‘Servus TV’. The CEO probably forgot for a short time that Leipzig itself constantly brings players from the Red Bull branch in Salzburg.
Apart from that: Leipzig tasted blood with the DFB Cup victory and is obviously aiming for further titles. The interest in Max Eberl also fits in with this. The former Gladbach success manager is to become the new sports director. That would also be a statement. The talks are ongoing.
Does Tedesco dare more offensive?
So what is RB still missing to become the absolute master candidate? On the one hand, a weak phase of the Bavarian series champion, against whom the limits were recently shown at 3: 5 in the Supercup. And on the other hand, a little more courage when setting up.
Coach Domenico Tedesco also likes to field eight to nine defensive players in home games against weaker Bundesliga teams – although the offensive squad is well-stocked across the board and any Bundesliga defense can pose problems.
If a new self-image on the pitch is added to the new self-image on the market, Leipzig can be expected to be in the title race. Thanks to some sales from squad players and a lot of fizzy money from Austria, you don’t have to worry about the financing of the new model anyway.
This is how RB Leipzig played in the Supercup
RB Leipzig could play more offensively