Unrest returns to RB Leipzig after the botched start of the season. In the defeat at Union Berlin, the acute problems became clear again.
Domenico Tedesco’s anger subsided for a few moments. At the “Inclusive Fan Day” at the RB Leipzig training center, the exchange with around 200 supporters of the troubled Bundesliga club on Sunday morning provided a welcome change. Tedesco wrote autographs diligently, the star attackers Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku willingly posed for selfies. But the disappointment of the previous evening hadn’t completely disappeared from people’s minds.
The 1: 2 (0: 2) at Union Berlin finally made the false start into the new season complete. Even after three match days, RB is still waiting for the first win of the season. Two points are far too few for the star cast of the team and the high demands of the Red Bull project, which has been pushed with millions.
“It’s not enough,” said Werner, who failed at the post in Leipzig’s greatest chance (19th): “I don’t want to say that hard times are coming. But we urgently need to win a game, otherwise it will be real very dark.”
It rumbles at the cup winner and supposed Bayern hunter. The incendiary speech by managing director Oliver Mintzlaff after the previous week’s draw at VfB Stuttgart (“crappy start”, “not suitable for the Bundesliga”) was violent. She didn’t do too much.
Union Berlin appearance “not satisfactory”
Leipzig hardly convinced again in a playful way. 13:1 corner kicks and a huge increase in ball possession (74:26 percent) were clear statistics. However, their informative value about the goal danger of the Saxons was limited.
The prominent offensive around Werner, Nkunku and Dani Olmo did not harmonize as desired. Usually the last third of the excellently defending Unioner ended, there were far too few dangerous scenes in the penalty area.
“It’s not satisfactory, but nobody is sitting in the dressing room in despair,” said captain Willi Orban, who scored the late connection (84th) after the double strike by Jordan Siebatcheu (32nd) and Sheraldo Becker (38th): ” We have to stay calm.”
The Berlin game was characterized by calm, it was only loud in the Alte Försterei witches’ cauldron. Without Orban’s late goal, Union would have taken the lead on Saturday night, at least for the time being. It didn’t matter to the fans, in the exuberance of emotions they solemnly sang about the championship.
As Bayern hunters, coach Urs Fischer believed, the Köpenickers are far from suitable. “It’s a nice snapshot. It would be nice if it were over,” said Fischer, “but we’re only on the third day of the game.” Seven points from three games, including the victory in the Berlin derby against Hertha BSC, leave little room for criticism.