|photo by Matt Kremkau
New RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch wants you to know that his club has the strongest depth of any team in the Bundesliga and he may not be wrong. Leipzig has had one of the best transfer windows this off-season and strengthened in key areas while also moving players out for premium transfer returns.
"Theoretically, we could send out two Bundesliga teams," said Marsch about the confidence in his team. "I think we probably have the most strength in depth in the Bundesliga."
When you look at the team, it is hard to argue against Marsch. On offense the team brought in Bundesliga Golden Boot runner-up Andre Silva into the club. It was a point of need for the team following the departure of Timo Werner at the end of the 2020 campaign. Despite attempts with Alexander Sorloth and Hwang Hee-chan, the team hasn't been able to find the goal-scoring of years past. Now, they believe that have that with the depth below to do what they have in previous seasons.
"All of my strikers need to know that it's not just about scoring goals," said Marsch. "Up front we need a lot of power and mentality in our counter-pressing so that we can put opposition defenders under pressure."
On defense it is much of the same. While Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahim Konate have left, the club has Lukas Klostermann, Willi Orban, Marcel Halstenberg and Nordi Mukiele to round out one of the best defenses in the league last season. They have also refreshed their depth with bright young players on the backline.
"The players I've spoken to have said the intensity could be higher when we're not in possession," said Marsch. "A lot of players have been playing that way for years and believe in it."