New-boys Leipzig eye history in Leverkusen
RB LEIPZIG can claim a milestone in their fledgling history today by taking a point at Bayer Leverkusen to knock Bayern Munich from the top of the Bundesliga table.
“We definitely want to take something there and remain unbeaten. If there is a point available, then there will also be three,” said Leipzig’s coach Ralph Hasenhuettl ahead of the clash at Leverkusen’s BayArena.
Second-placed Leipzig, backed by Austrian drinks giants Red Bull, can become the first club to go 11 games unbeaten at the start of their first German league season if they avoid defeat.
Ahead of the weekend’s matches, both Bayern and Leipzig, who have earned four promotions in seven years, have 24 league points.
A draw or win would see Leipzig top the table, at least overnight, ahead of Bayern, who are at Borussia Dortmund tomorrow evening in the battle of Germany’s top clubs – dubbed Der Klassiker. But Hassenhuettl says usurping Bayern is not the priority.
“If we take points, the table will look like that,” said the Austrian. “But that’s not a subject for us, it’s neither the team’s motivation, nor something we will let put us under pressure.
“We have other things to worry about, namely a tough away match.”
Bayer, who are eighth in the table, need a win to warm-up for Tuesday’s Champions League group stage match at CSKA Moscow, but their coach Roger Schmidt says Leipzig have proved they deserve respect.
“Leipzig, with their financial possibilities and professional structure, are not your average newly-promoted team,” said Schmidt. “We want to climb the table, but we have our own goals.” – dpa