Former RB Leipzig captain Willi Orban returned to training with the team, following his stretch at the European Championship with Hungary. The 28-year old centre-back had a productive season, playing in 29 games, following a difficult season where he made just 12 league appearances.
"I want to lead from the front," said Orban. "I want to make a lot of appearances and stay fit, because it's going to be a long season."
Leipzig will be participating in the UEFA Champions League for the third straight season with appearances in the knockout stage in the past two attempts. The club has set higher ambitions following a second place finish in the Bundesliga, bringing in Golden Boot runner-up Andre Silva to improve the offense. Orban himself will be essential to help compensate for the loss of highly touted centre-back Dayot Upamecano to rivals Bayern Munich.
"We want to win a lot of matches," said Orban. "First we have to see if we can have a good start after the little reshuffle of the coaching staff and also start well within the team and work out our bearings. Of course, we want to be mixing it up at the top, that's obvious, but we'll see in the end how far we can get."
Leipzig begin their campaign in the German Cup against SV Sandhausen on August 7th. From there the Bundesliga will begin with a game against 1. FSV Mainz 05 on August 15th.