Istanbul (dpa) - win or fly - the bad football rhyme is too easy in the case of RB Leipzig.
Because the Saxons could afford a narrow defeat or a draw at Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday (6.55 p.m. / DAZN) and would not have been eliminated from the Champions League yet.
The chances of the round of 16 would then drop massively.
TOPSCORER ANGELIÑO: Angeliño scored both goals for RB in the 2-0 first leg, and on Saturday he was again accurate in the Bundesliga.
The left defender is surprisingly the top scorer in Leipzig and has already scored six times.
"He can do that again on Wednesday," said coach Julian Nagelsmann.
The fact that the loan from Manchester City always plays naturally has something to do with performance.
But also with a lack of alternatives, because Nagelsmann would like to give the Spaniard a breather.
TRAVEL GROUP: Contrary to custom, RB does not fly back to Leipzig after the game.
Instead, the journey continues to Munich, where the top game at Bayern is due on Saturday evening.
In order to save a flight and additional travel time, Nagelsmann has streamlined the planning.
Leipzig's next home game is on December 8th in the Champions League against Manchester United.
TABLE CALCULATOR: If things go really badly for Leipzig, there could only be a theoretical chance of reaching the round of 16 before the last group matchday.
That's why the Saxons don't even want to start the table calculator.
The simplest solution: Win in Istanbul and against Manchester - then the competition can do what they want.
SALZBURG-SCHRECK: At Istanbul Basaksehir a certain Fredrik Gulbrandsen is currently in excellent shape.
The Norwegian has scored five goals in the last three league games and only needed 45 minutes.
The name Gulbrandsen does not bring back good memories in Leipzig.
In the 2: 3 in the Europa League against sister club Salzburg in September 2018, it was the striker who scored the decisive third goal shortly before the end.
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