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Marsch on Leipzig's First Loss: "We Lacked Clarity"

It has been a rough week for RB Leipzig and new manager Jesse Marsch after the team suffered an opening day loss to FSV Mainz on Sunday. The team has since been back on the field in training and hopes to put the disappointment of the first week behind them.

"We lacked clarity against an opposition who defended strongly and deeply," said Marsch about his team's play. "The problem wasn't with our pressing against Mainz, because we had almost all of the possession. Mainz defended really deeply after the first goal and we weren't clever enough."

None of this should read as unfamiliar with response. For years New York Red Bulls found it very difficult to break down teams that sat back and defended. It was the way in which teams knew they could get results, particularly in knockout game scenarios. Now, years later, RB Leipzig find themselves in a similar situation despite the increase in talent from MLS to the Bundesliga.

Leipzig will more than likely not be too concerned with the result should they rebound this weekend against Stuttgart. The only issue is that the visitors started the season well with a 5-1 win over newly promoted Greuther Furth. 

"They play smart football," spoke Marsch on his weekend opponents. "We have a big challenge ahead of us, but the team know that Stuttgart are a strong side and that we have to bring a good performance. We will be ready."

Leipzig host Stuttgart at Red Bull Arena, the first time fans will be in the stadium since the pandemic. The game will be this Friday at 2:30pm EST.


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