Berlin – “Bank robbers” Erling Haaland and Borussia Dortmund want to crack their opponents as favorites, the ailing RB Leipzig laughs in the face of its monstrous Champions League tasks as an outsider. “Maybe we are not ready for such a big challenge,” said RB coach Jesse Marsch before the opening game in the Manchester City world selection: “But it doesn’t matter!”
It doesn’t help either. In the group with Manchester City and Paris St. Germain, i.e. Neymar, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, every point apart from the two duels with Club Bruges would be a sensation. On Wednesday (9 p.m. / DAZN) the Bundesliga club wants to sell at least dearly from the retort.
Borussia Dortmund want to steal three important points
Yes, you can lose with team manager Pep Guardiola and his stars. A clap would be extremely bad for the already cracked self-confidence in view of the league false start. “The hardest game is now in Manchester,” said Marsch in kicker: “City is perhaps the more homogeneous team compared to PSG, and I had hoped that we would play against them later because we are still in the middle of our process. “
BVB can feel more advanced in its process. This always applies to Haaland: The horror of the prison cells wants to be a tank cracker this time. The Norwegian posed with the iconic Salvador Dali mask from the Netflix hit “Das Haus des Geldes” before leaving for the first game at Besiktas Istanbul, and he had a lively chat with actor Luka Peros during training. There are three valuable points to steal in the Turkish cauldron on Wednesday (6.45 p.m. / DAZN).
However, it should be much more planned than the wild 4: 3 at Bayer Leverkusen last weekend. “We have to bring our performance back onto the pitch – and that out of a good order,” demanded sporting director Michael Zorc. Licensed player manager Sebastian Kehl expects “another very emotional game. The Turkish fans will take care of that. But we have the means to hold our own against Besiktas. “
At the draw, the Dortmunders were spared the big ones. BVB will be favored six times against Turkish double winners Besiktas, Portuguese champions Sporting Lisbon and Ajax Amsterdam. “We can’t complain, it’s very balanced,” said managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke. “We have a decent chance of making it to the round of 16.”
The support of the fans, who always want to travel in large numbers, would have been desirable – but in the hellishly loud Vodafone Park on the European bank of the Bosporus, only local spectators are allowed. A victory should still be possible: After all, Haaland alone has scored a total of twelve times in his ten Champions League appearances for BVB.
The black and yellow defense will have to be more stable than last when they see the former Borussia striker Michy Batshuayi. “Mistakes are usually punished in the Champions League,” warned Zorc. However, coach Marco Rose’s team will not deny his offensive orientation.
Mats Hummels, who reported fit according to Sport1 information, could give the defense more support and counteract the “carelessness” (Kehl). Thorgan Hazard, on the other hand, was absent on Tuesday morning on board the special flight EW1909. Emre Can and Giovanni Reyna will be out even longer anyway and will only be able to join the fight for group victory late.
For RB Leipzig it’s only about the third group place
For RB it will be more about third place, ManCity and PSG appear unassailable in view of the weak Leipzig form. When RB was last against FC Bayern (1: 4) in terms of commitment and intensity against the ball, the offensive suffered. It’s about the decision-making in the last third, the famous fatal pass. Kevin Kampl missed the “assertiveness, absolutely wanting to score this goal”, Marsch wants “more clarity”.
This will be needed in Manchester, as Guardiola’s team with its positional play is an example of filleting defensive rows. Or to put it another way: City, which had been crowned champions in the past Premier League season, found its identity years ago. Leipzig is only just beginning to rediscover it.
BVB will not say goodbye to their long-cultivated, attractive style of play, despite all the rollercoaster rides. “Of course we can all stand in the back and wall, then there will be no spectacle,” said Zorc: “But I prefer it that way.”