RB Leipzig are preparing for another tough test against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, this following the devastating loss to Bayern Munich over the weekend. While manager Jesse Marsch is trying to keep the narrative positive, several of his players are being a bit more forthright with just how the team has been performing.
"We conceded the goals too easily," said midfielder Konrad Laimer. "We over-complicated things in the final third. This meant we weren't able to create any clear-cut chances. It obviously hurts to lose 4-1 in the end."
Leipzig have had a horrendous start to the Bundesliga season, losing three of their first four games and putting manager Marsch under pressure less than two months into the season. Expectations have been high for the club, despite losing key players and last season's manager to champions Bayern Munich. Still, Red Bull invested in the club by adding the likes of Andre Silva, Dominik Szoboszlai and Mohamed Simakan.
The team enters the Champions League in the group of death against Manchester City, Paris St. Germain and Club Brugge. Most pundits have Leipzig falling out in the group stage but Leipzig is hoping to defy the odds and knock out one of the competition's favorites and move on.
"We've got to be patient with our learning process," said defender Kevin Kampl. "On Wednesday against Manchester City we'll give it our all."
Leipzig and Manchester City will play on Tuesday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium in the start of Leipzig's 2021-22 UEFA Champions League campaign.