This next game for the week2 in the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig will play FC Koln.The DFB-Pokal champions, who were held last week by Stuttgart, are seeking their first league victory of the year.
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Leipzig manager Domenico Tedesco would have been buoyed by his team’s offensive mobility going into their Bundesliga opener away to Stuttgart, despite losing 5-3 to Bayern Munich in a dramatic DFL-Supercup match.
Christopher Nkunku, a forward for France, continued his stellar play from the previous year by brutally putting the ball into the far corner in the eighth minute to give the visitors the lead.
The success of Leipzig this season may depend on their ability to hold onto Nkunku, who scored 35 goals across all competitions and won the Bundesliga Player of the Year award last season. Furthermore, Tedesco’s starting XI has been significantly boosted with the additions of David Raum, Xaver Schlager, and former hero Timo Werner.
However, despite having nine total opportunities to test Florian Muller, the visitors were unable to overcome their tenacious opponents after Naouirou Ahamada had equalized for Stuttgart with a magnificent effort later in the first half.
Before Muller saved his best save for last, Nkunku fired a direct shot at the goalkeeper from close range. Willi Orban’s bullet header was then miraculously wrangled away by Muller. Tedesco and his team had a discouraging day at the office, but there was much to work on in preparation for Saturday’s home game against Koln.
Last weekend’s easy 3-1 victory against Schalke 04 was just what Steffen Baumgart and his team needed after being eliminated from the DFB-Pokal on penalties by lower-tier team Jahn Regensburg.
In his first season, Baumgart led Koln to their best Bundesliga finish since taking fifth place in 2016–2017. Their 52 points were actually their best total since mid–1990s, when a win was worth three points instead of two.
The 50-year-old has undoubtedly ignited a spectacular turnaround in the club’s fortunes given their troubles in recent seasons, with just a relegation playoff saving them from a second relegation in four seasons the season before.
Actually, Dominick Drexler’s straight red card for a studs-up tackle in the 35th minute last week greatly aided his previous team, as Koln unavoidably started to play one-way after the break.
On his debut, the defender Luca Kilian scored from close range to break the score, and after Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow botched a cross, Florian Kainz followed suit to double Koln’s advantage.
When Dejan Ljubicic’s header sealed the three points with 10 minutes remaining, Baumgart will not have been pleased with the amount of freedom his defense allowed Marius Bulter. Bulter briefly gave the visitors hope of an unlikely comeback.
After losing Anthony Modeste to Borussia Dortmund, Koln’s leading scorer from the previous campaign, Saturday’s trip to Leipzig will almost probably be a much tougher test and a better indication of where Koln can reasonably aspire to finish this season.
With Werner back in the lineup, Leipzig should cruise to victory at home.
Koln is a significantly better team under Baumgart, but they benefited from Schalke’s early departure last weekend; Leipzig will probably have too much firepower for them.