Tedesco improves Leipzig. The fight for the top 4 is real

RB Leipzig could not do anything about the fact that Julian Nagelsmann accepted the offer from Bayern. The Saxons decided to take the path that seemed painless at first glance. The Bulls brought in Jesse Marsh, the Red Bull man who first ran the New York RB and then Salzburg. The specialist worked well in the Austrian Bundesliga, where he won the championship and the national Cup twice. The choice of “Leipzig” looked quite logical.

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However, in Saxony, things were not going well for the American. Important players such as Ibrahima Konate, Dayo Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer left the team. At the same time, the Bulls bought Angelino and also signed Andre Silva, Elias Moriba, Yoshko Guardiola, Mohamed Simakan and other quality performers. Leipzig’s squad is good, so there was a demand from the coach. The minimum task for Marsh was to fight for a place in the top 4 of the Bundesliga standings. But the Saxons gradually moved away from its implementation.

The club considered the first half of the season a failure. Over 14 rounds, the “bulls” scored 18 points and occupied only 11th place in the Bundesliga by the beginning of December. Then it was decided to fire Marsh. In fact, the fate of the specialist was known even after the defeat in the match against Union (1:2). At the end of the fight, the executive director of Leipzig, Oliver Mintzlaff, criticized the American, openly stating that the club expected better results from his work. It did not turn out very well, given that March is Rangnick’s protégé, and Ralf is the undisputed authority for everyone at Leipzig. It is possible that it was he who “promoted” Jesse to the place of Nagelsmann.

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But the Bulls needed a change to save the season. The Saxons took notice of Domenico Tedesco. The specialist returned to Germany after working at Spartak Moscow and was available for a new career challenge. And the then situation with Leipzig should have been called that. As a result, the parties signed a contract until June 2023. The young team was led by a young coach. So far this seems to be the right decision. Tedesco started at the head of the Bulls with a crushing 4-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach. Addi Hütter’s team has been kicked by everyone this season, but it’s still a powerful debut.

To date, the Saxons under the new coach have 4 wins in the Bundesliga, 1 draw and 1 loss. In addition, Leipzig are one of the favorites to win the German Cup after the elimination of Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. It took Tedesco 6 matches to lift the team from 11th position in the standings to 6th. The Bulls quickly returned to the European Cup zone and are only 3 points behind the place in the Champions League. The last three matches in the national championship, the Saxons won with a total score of 8:1.