Leipzig (AP) - Uli Hoeneß has to give up his mate at the first summit meeting of the season. Because unlike the president of Bayern Munich Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz will probably follow the game of RB Leipzig against the football champions record as usual from afar.
The two bosses would have to sneer on Saturday night (18.30 clock / Sky) much, because since the summer there is this bet: Leipzig, said Mateschitz, in the next three years champion. Use: A glass of beer.
When it comes to RB-coach Julian Nagelsmann, Hoeneß can make his way to the tap. "We would all be happy if we win something within three years. Of course we do not mind if it happens sooner, "said Nagelsmann and drew a big comparison:" At Kloppo (Jürgen Klopp) it took three years in Dortmund and Liverpool. "
Not everything is going according to plan yet in the RB game. Nevertheless, Nagelsmann has made the best start in Leipzig's Bundesliga history with three wins from three games. Reward: Leadership. With a victory in the sold-out Red Bull Arena Bayern can be distanced to five points. The Munich have noted that would advance with a victory to the Mia-san-Mia self-understanding tip.
"With Julian Nagelsmann, of course, some new ideas have arrived in Leipzig," said coach Niko Kovac and added: "Leipzig is one of the top teams in the league." Even boss Hoeneß expects a "very serious chunk".
Warm words, but they can not disguise that there was little to gain for Leipzig against Bayern last. Last December, Bayern scored at home just before the end to a 1-0 in the second leg no goals fell. When it came in the cup final for a title, went RB - despite very good chances - with 0: 3 under. Bayern celebrated the double, with RB was massive frustration.
Nagelsmann won with Hoffenheim last two 1-3 defeats. The 32-year-old has analyzed and identified the weak point. "We had a lot of offensive players, but few defensive players," Nagelsmann said. "It felt like there were 70 percent attackers on the field, but only 30 percent were defenders. That was great for the fans, but not for our results. "
In Leipzig the mix is right - and also the head. For Nagelsmann's pressing system to work, its players often have to go beyond the pain threshold. "It is crucial in pressing to go the last few meters. Do not make the last steps to the opponent, you break holes. That's deadly, "said Nagelsmann.
Of course, Kovac has been at the top of the homework list to find an antidote to the Nagelsmann style. And although the Bavarians with nine goals from two games aggressively offensively last ran really hot, sees Kovac not as a blueprint for RB. «In the last games there were always close results against Leipzig. That will be the same at the weekend, "said the 47-year-old.
Ultimately, the decision should fall on the individual class on the offensive. At RB Timo Werner, Emil Forsberg and Marcel Sabitzer need a Sahnetag, while at the Bayern again a lot of Robert Lewandowski and the wing tongs Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman will hang. One thing is certain: The bet between Hoeneß and Mateschitz has not yet been decided in this game.
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