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RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch continues to suffer in his first season in the Bundesliga, this time losing his second straight in the UEFA Champions League. The opponents were Club Brugge, the side that Leipzig needed to get points from in order to survive a group which also has Manchester City and PSG. Unfortunately that wasn't the case and Marsch laments his team's lack of consistency.
"At the moment we're either really good or not good," said Marsch after the midweek fixture. "We need to find more consistency."
This run of form comes under the sensational performance of Christopher Nkunku. The French attacker has not only pushed himself to the forefront of the team, but also the the forefront of transfer rumors to bigger clubs. Manchester City, Bayern Munich and others have taken notice. It is not hard to imagine how much worse Leipzig would be if he were not performing at such a high level.
"There are enough games left and anything can happen," said defensive midfielder Kevin Kampl. "It's clear we have to start picking up points at some point. It is a really tough group. We knew that from the start."
Leipzig's road doesn't get much easier. They play Paris St. Germain next in the Champions League but the league will be a bit more forgiving. Games against Bochum, Freiburg and Furth are on the horizon. It should be enough for them to rebound in the league, which will, in turn, help with their confidence in Europe.
"We're now in a difficult situation," said goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi. "We have to stay positive. We have two tough games against PSG ahead of us, where we have to pick up some points. Our fans always remain positive and that really pushes us on."