RB Leipzig introduced Jesse Marsch at his first team press conference yesterday with the former New York Red Bulls and FC Salzburg coach delivering pleasantries about his current team. Marsch is stepping into a club that is expected to rival Bayern Munich and compete for the top prize in German football.
"The team is simply incredible," said Marsch. "I watched RB Leipzig games for the last two years as a fan. I will definitely try to understand what has grown in importance for this group during that time, both on and off the pitch, and continue that philosophy."
Few coaches are more equipped to take over Leipzig than March. He was a major part of the Red Bull organization when Ralf Rangnick left his mark on the clubs globally. The high-pressure tactics spilled down from Leipzig to Salzburg and New York. Marsch, who found regular season success with New York Red Bulls, moved to Leipzig under Rangnick as an assistant coach in 2018. From there he helped Salzburg continue their success as head coach, winning the double in two different seasons.
An important element of Marsch's experience is the team's philosophy and style of play. While it altered somewhat under Julian Nagelsmann, the team still kept the intensity against opponents and found even more success as the player pool was grown and become more and more talented. Now, Marsch will have one of the best team's assembled by Leipzig at his disposal. Andre Silva, Christopher Nkunku, Dani Olmo, Tyler Adams and Marcel Sabitzer are just a few names that litter the starting line-up.
"I have a clear goal," said Marsch. "I want to totally control the opposition intensity and aggressively in every game through our RBL DNA. Of course, that won't always be possible, but we will do everything to achieve it."
Leipzig will begin play in the DFB Pokal first round in the first week of August against lower division SV Sandhausen.