|photo from RB Leipzig
by Anthony J. Merced
RB Leipzig were defeated in the DFB Pokal by Wolfsburg, ending a two-year domination of the competition, lifting the trophy in 2021 and 2022. The loss has hit the team hard as their plans to continue domination of German football's oldest competition have been put on hold.
"It marks the end of an incredible journey for us," said manager Marco Rose. "We've made a lot of good memories in the DFB Pokal and won it twice. But history's not going to repeat itself."
While Leipzig's climb up the German football period has been astounding, their inability to topple the giants like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund is one that has hounded the club in recent years. A loss to Wolfsburg is the kind of setback that reflects just where the team is in spite of their domestic and international success.
Currently Leipzig are in fifth the Bundesliga, just five points off of Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the table. There have been many seasons where the likes of Bayern Munich have left the opening but Leipzig have been unable to take advantage.
"I'm really disappointed because we know how good it feels to play in the final," said goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi. "We've been to Berlin four times in the last five years, so it's really tough to take."
Leipzig will be back in action over the weekend against Mainz in Bundesliga competition. After that they continue in the UEFA Champions League where they are favored to go through to the knockout stages with current champions Manchester City.