RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch knows that the Bundesliga season hasn't started well with two losses in their first three games, and now they welcome reigning champions Bayern Munich to Red Bull Arena. Still, Marsch and his team are confident that they will go out and play with the same tempo and belief that they have in years past.
"We'll play without fear and full of self-belief," said Marsch in a pre-game interview. "You can't lose to Bayern. Playing them always provides a good opportunity to show yourself. Here at this club we don't talk about pressure. We believe in the process and the team. We work step-by-step."
Leipzig have suffered two losses this season, one which was a shock to short-handed Mainz who were ravaged by COVID to in the season opener. Combined with a loss of key players to their rivals in Bayern Munich and you wonder if the team has enough to battle the reigning champions. Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Sabitzer and Julian Nagelsmann all left the East German club for the Bavarian powerhouses and look to put those pieces to use in a return to Leipzig.
Another factor for the home club will be a sold out crowd in Leipzig. An estimated 34 thousand fans will be in attendance for the first time in nearly two seasons. The crowd will be loud and hopeful of a shift in the balance of power.
"Come to the stadium full of energy," said Marsch to fans. "You can make the difference on Saturday and give us more energy as the home team."
RB Leipzig play Bayern Munich on Saturday at 12:30pm.