RB Leipzig ranks fifth in the Bundesliga standings and is still a contender for the league trophy, just four points behind leaders Bayern Munich. Unlike previous seasons, this time the race for the Bundesliga title has turned into an intense battle, with Bayern, Borussia Dortmund (second), Union Berlin (third), Freiburg (fourth), Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt (sixth) all claiming the coveted trophy.
Leipzig even showed a good game in the first match of the round of 16 of the Champions League against Manchester City, playing at home to a 1-1 draw.It was a tense match in which the Premier League team dominated the first half, and in the second half the German team managed to win back and pull out a draw. Heading to the Etihad for the second match, Leipzig will be looking for a famous victory and showed in the first match that they are capable of doing so.
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Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Leipzig striker Jussuf Poulsen spoke about his team’s play in the Week 16 match against Pep Guardiola’s side and thinks his team showed too much respect in the first half. I think we were too passive, we respected City too much in the first half and we let them have the ball. It wasn’t all bad and we didn’t miss many chances. They scored thanks to our big mistake, that shouldn’t have happened. We did not possess the ball much, we did not create much either. That’s the way it happens sometimes in such big matches. Not many scoring chances. In the second half we were more aggressive, more passionate, said the Dane.
We tried to possess the ball more and made even one of the best teams in the ball and the world tense. That’s why we have confidence that in a couple of weeks we can have more success at the Etihad because we showed in the second half that we can strain the best players in the world and the way we press. You can show two different faces in two different halves, and that was the case yesterday. Sometimes it’s good, but you shouldn’t do that, and we learned that, he added.
The second match is set for March 15, and it could get exciting. Poulsen also offered some thoughts on the Bundesliga title race. When asked if Robert Lewandowski’s departure from Bayern is the main reason for such a close title race, he said: Of course, the loss of such a big player
Currently Like Lewandowski, who scored 40 goals last season, 40 the season before that, and almost 40 last season. In addition, the teams around us are getting stronger and stronger, and you can also see that in international competitions. We have four Bundesliga teams going into the round of 16 of the Champions League, Frankfurt won the Euroleague last year, and we have five teams in the Champions League this year.
Leipzig even put I think it’s not Bayern getting worse, but other teams getting better, closing the gap between the best and the rest, he added. Leipzig will face Frankfurt in the upcoming match on Saturday at the Red Bull Arena and will be looking to win.
Watch the Bundesliga 2022-23 match – RB Leipzig – Eintracht Frankfurt live on Sony Sports Ten Channel 5 on February 25, 2023 from 8:00 p.m. MSC