Cup game under the light in Leipzig!
RBL will take on Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal quarterfinals at a sold-out Red Bull Arena on Wednesday evening (20:45 CEST).
Head coach Marco Rose spoke to the media ahead of the game, discussing Borussia Dortmund, the previous few games and the support of the RBL fans.
- Christopher Nkunku is not an option for the squad on Wednesday
- Yussuf Poulsen is still unavailable following muscular problems
- Dani Olmo got through the game against Mainz 05 well and will be an option to start the Pokal game against BVB
- All the latest team news, including updates on Xaver Schlager, Peter Gulacsi and the rest of the team can be found here.
We are looking forward to the game and are tense in a good way
Marco Rose on …
… the mood after the defeat against 1. FSV Mainz 05
- “Like in normal life: it is what it is. Obviously after the defeat, we didn’t run celebrating through the training centre. We are aware of the mood around us and can see that we haven’t created enough of a feeling of successful in recent times.
We didn’t deliver a good performance in the game at home at the Red Bull Arena against 1. FSV Mainz 05, and the atmosphere reflects this.
But also like in normal life: Youkeep on going. We have to discuss how things are right now and be aware that only we can find solutions and make things better again.
Two defeats in a row in the Bundesliga doesn’t mean that we’re going to be a nervous team who don’t know if we’re going forward or backwards.
I’ve already been in this business for a few years, and I’m not going to start looking to interpret bad omens out of nothing now. Every game that we don’t win is annoying – we know that.
We’re not now going to fall into a deep depression, but instead see Wednesday as the next chance to show what we can do and turn around this negative mood. It’s always striking how quickly the mood can change in our business.”
… working through the Mainz game
- “Against Mainz, you could see that a few things from the recent past had left their mark on us. Similarly to against Manchester City, the Zerofivers caused us a lot of problems with their pressing.
We searched for the wrong solutions for a half where we were constantly trying to find a way of playing, but we were missing a target-man.
We allowed ourselves to get a bit discouraged last Saturday, didn’t defend sharply enough and conceded goals too easily. We have to go back to the basics that you need in a period like this, so we will also give the boys simple solutions to find during the game against Dortmund.”
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Marco Rose on …
… the support of the fans
- “Football triggers emotions. When you win four games in a row, you feel euphoric. It is normal that the fans express their opinion if the club is in a bad patch – and it’s good that it’s that way.
So it was particularly nice to see that the fans in the kurve tried to motivate the team on Saturday after the defeat and to give them courage ahead of the Pokal game against Borussia Dortmund. That was an amazing to see!
It is important to me that as a club, as an office, that we are clear in our minds and have the right energy to deal with and get through negative periods. It is not about sugar-coating things, we will discuss things uncompromisingly.
For me, team life means that you stay together in the good times and the bad times, look forward positively and work for things to get better again.”
… the importance of the Pokal game
- “It is the deciding game, a final. Whoever wins on Wednesday evening will be in the semifinal of the DFB-Pokal. It’s as easy as that. Borussia Dortmund want that, but so do we at RB Leipzig.
We are looking forward to the game and are tense but in a good way, even if we won’t travel from the training centre to the Red Bull Arena with our chests puffed out. It is for us alone to change that. There’s really no reason not to be self-confident. Especially when you consider the performance we produced in the last game against BVB.
All in all, we played well for over 80 minutes. It will not be a different RB Leipzig on the pitch on Wednesday, so why shoudn’t we go into the game feeling confident and get through to the next round with our fans behind us?”
… current form
- “It is a complex topic. We, like other Bundesliga teams have a lot of international players that are constantly on the go and don’t get a break. Ahead of the Bundesliga game against Mainz 05, we had exactly one training session together – and it was brilliant. The boys left behind a brilliant impression and seemed fresh.
But I always find that a good final training session doesn’t necessary lead to a top performance on matchday, because against Mainz my team looked tired – especially mentally. At this point, the international games in a period like this become noticeable.
If a club, like us in October and November, is riding a wave of success due to good results, then everything is a little bit easier instead.
That’s not the case with us at the moment, but we are the only ones who can flick the switch again, and we are also the ones who decide how long we allow games to keep getting away from us. It is about making the right decisions in matches from now on and being sharper and more decisive, which really we also wanted to show on the pitch against Mainz.”
… Borussia Dortmund
- “I didn’t see a Dortmund team in the game on Saturday that gave up and hid, but one that scored two goals against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. They had five, six or seven dangerous situations that they could have worked better. At certain times, they were missed a little bit of luck.
Edin Terzic’s team found the spaces again which has made their performance so strong in the past few weeks. We know what is ahead of us on Wednesday, and similarly to us, BVB will want to produce a reaction after their loss and will give everything to get through to the next round.”