Leipzig play­ers cop sting­ing crit­i­cism

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Ber­lin

– Bun­desliga lead­ers RB Leipzig will take on Borus­sia Moenchengl­ad­bach to­day know­ing it is not just their slim league lead that is on the line but also their rep­u­ta­tion.

Af­ter their dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance last week in their 2-0 loss to Ein­tra­cht Frankfurt they had to en­dure a dress­ing down over their per­for­mances as well as over the fact that they flew in a hair­dresser be­fore the game.

“Play­ing like that gets you only a fourth place fin­ish, if all goes well,” Leipzig coach Ju­lian Nagels­mann (right) said. “The ques­tion is whether we want to reach the cross at the top or if we want to stay a bit lower and en­joy the view.”

If that was not bad enough for a team that is lead­ing the ti­tle race in Ger­many, for­mer coach Ralf Rang­nick, who is cur­rently Red Bull’s head of Sport and De­vel­op­ment Soc­cer, had his own sting­ing crit­i­cism of the play­ers’ com­mit­ment.

He said he had been shocked to hear some play­ers had flown in a hair­dresser be­fore the game against Frankfurt in or­der to look good on the pitch.

“I would have bet €100 000 that our play­ers would not fly in a star hair­dresser to get their hair done in the ho­tel,” Rang­nick said this week.

“I would have lost the €100 000. The 2-0 was bad enough but the hair­dresser thing leaves me stunned. That is deca­dent. The dis­tance from that to the golden steak is not far,” he said.

He was re­fer­ring to in­ci­dents of foot­ballers from other teams who dis­played their wealth by eat­ing gold-flaked steaks and up­load­ing pic­tures on their so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

For­mer Bay­ern Mu­nich player Franck Ribery was crit­i­cised by ticket-pay­ing fans in Ger­many a few sea­sons ago for do­ing that.

Leipzig top the league on 40 points, one ahead of cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich, who are on a roll of five wins in the league. –

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