UEFA Champions League: Jesse Marsch's RB Leipzig hits bottom

RB Leipzig faced an uphill fight in this season's UEFA Champions League when it was drawn into a group with Manchester City and Paris St. Germain.

What it didn't count on was losing at home to Club Brugge.

Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Belgian champions came on the heels of a 6-3 loss at Manchester City and left RB Leipzig in last place the Group A.

It was the fifth defeat in nine games since American Jesse Marsch took over as head coach.

On Monday, RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff told Kicker the club "was not preoccupied with the unrest being attributed to us from outside," in reference to reports that players did not like the pressing tactics that Marsch re-instituted after Julian Nagelsmann left to become the head coach at Bayern Munich.

Leipzig took the lead on Christopher Nkunku's goal in the 5th minute, but Brugge moved ahead before halftime on goals by Hans Vanaken and Mats Rits, exposing Leipzig's defensive frailties.

"We managed to take an early lead," said Marsch, "but the rest of the first half was hectic. We lost a lot of balls and didn't play well. I told the players at halftime to stay calm. In the second half, we were better and more composed. We could have turned the game around, but unfortunately didn't get the goals."

The loss came three days after Leipzig's best performance of the season in a 6-0 win over Hertha Berlin.

"At the moment," said Marsch, "we're either really good or not good. We need to find more consistency."

2 comments about "UEFA Champions League: Jesse Marsch's RB Leipzig hits bottom".
  1. R2 Dad, September 29, 2021 at 2:22 a.m.

    No one expected RBL to make it out of the group stage so he's probably safe as long as their Bundesliga form continues to improve. And they avoid blowouts to City and PSG.

  2. Anthony Petgrave, September 29, 2021 at 12:54 p.m.

    ...who is #2 (right back)???? Shambolic defending, with absolutely no recovery speed

    ...that position is definitely up for grabs, IMHO.

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