In the midst of the urgent search for a trainer, RB Leipzig is about wintering in international business. As a placeholder on the sidelines, Achim Beierlorzer should secure at least third place in the group in the Champions League in the Fernduell with Club Bruges - and thus Europa League games in the new year. With the English champions Manchester City, however, the next endurance test is waiting this Tuesday (6.45 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and at DAZN). Even a defeat would be enough - if Bruges lost at the same time at Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the fundamental question after the separation from Jesse Marsch on Cottaweg in Leipzig is: Does the club supported by the Brause empire Red Bull reach into the upper coaching shelf as it did in the Nagelsmann coup? Or is the currently minimized sporting leadership without a sporting director content with one of the more expected candidates. The time scope for action is narrow, and the financial buffer in Corona times is limited. However, RB took a lot with the sales to FC Bayern: Julian Nagelsmann received around 25 million euros, Dayot Upamecano 42.5 million and Marcel Sabitzer another 15 million euros.

A successor to the march is to be presented before Christmas.

But one of the coaches you might have wanted is not available.

According to a report by "Kicker", Roger Schmidt canceled.

The 54-year-old is currently under contract with the Dutch first division club PSV Eindhoven until the end of the season and wants to fulfill this according to the report.

Domenico Tedesco, on the other hand, would be available immediately and should be included in the selection.

The variants Erik ten Hag (Ajax Amsterdam), Bo Svensson (FSV Mainz 05) and Robert Klauß (1. FC Nürnberg) are unlikely to come into question at this point in time.

"Team in responsibility"

Even Pep Guardiola was worried: "I'm very sure that the new coach will be similar and will bring a lot of influence." He also raved about his German colleagues. "The coaches in Germany are very, very good, I've learned a lot from them," said the Spaniard. However, he does not want to exercise restraint in Leipzig, even if his team has won the group and the game is more "a training game" for him. For this he brings extra talents from the junior academy to Saxony: "There are four or five with us, maybe we can use two or three," emphasized Guardiola.

Beierlorzer, on the other hand, has to do damage limitation in his second term - he took over in 2015 after Alexander Zorniger left. And deliver results: First secure the winter in the European Cup, which would make a coaching obligation a little easier, then win mandatory victories against Mönchengladbach, in Augsburg and against Bielefeld. “We have to lead the team back to their old strength. The team is definitely responsible, ”said Beierlorzer on Monday. "There shouldn't be too much looseness in any training session, that's important for four games over the next twelve days."

Due to the corona cases and the still long list of injuries, he has "not much leeway" in terms of personnel, but the analysis by "ManCity has analyzed which opportunities we can bring to the field".

Spicy: The city team of Pep Guardiola will remind the troubled runner-up from Saxony of the ball possession football of march predecessor Nagelsmann - and of the 3-6 defeat at the beginning of the Champions League in September.

How does the team around RB captain Péter Gulácsi react after the march out?

The freedoms given by the US coach in the game according to the tactical corset of Nagelsmann, who regularly exchanges with the Spaniard Guardiola, did not know how to use the RB professionals.

Only Christopher Nkunku blossomed with his vertical urge.

On the other hand, Angeliño, who was first loaned by the Cityzens and then signed, was only a shadow of himself. This also applies to the 23 million euro newcomer André Silva, for whom the RB system repeatedly causes difficulties and who lacks penetrative power.

In general, the greed for the ball, the high pressing, fast switching play and the passionate backward movement had almost disappeared from the RB-DNA recently.

"The team was not 100 percent willing to follow this conviction and the match plans," criticized RB boss Oliver Mintzlaff, who acted much too late after Marsch's self-doubts.

Only after 21 competitive games with an average of 1.33 points per game was there no alternative - especially for the demands in the RB cosmos.