New-boys Leipzig eye history in Lev­erkusen

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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

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