Champions League: RB Leipzig and the queen class: learning and football from Lisbon

Lisbon – When FC Bayern Munich were in the Champions League final for the last time in 2013 and beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in London, RB Leipzig had just moved from Regionalliga Nordost to 3rd Division.

A good seven years later, the Saxons are represented alongside the record champions of Germany at the first class blitz tournament in Lisbon. Thursday (9 p.m. / Sky), the quarter-finals will be played against Atlético Madrid at Estadio José Alvalade.

THE PREMIERE: On September 13, 2017, RB will host AS Monaco in the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig for their very first European Cup match. Emil Forsberg scores the Saxons’ first goal in the premier class. Monaco immediately equalized in a tactical game. A starting point is respectable.

THE FIRST VICTORY: In a fiery match against FC Porto on October 17, 2017, the first victory in the premier class achieved the third match. Forsberg is on target again, and Willi Orban and Jean-Kevin Augustin scored 3-2 in the first half. It’s obvious from the start: the Portuguese opponents are RB.

PRACTICE MONEY: Even the 2-0 first leg at Besiktas Istanbul was painful. Timo Werner suffers from sudden hearing loss. In the second leg against the Turks on December 6, 2017, the possible entry into the round of 16 will be played at 1: 2. Besiktas is just smarter. RB must remain third in the Europa League and fails in the quarterfinals at Olympique de Marseille.

LISBON: Two years after his debut, RB is back in the Champions League. Ironically, this year’s final location in Lisbon in the form of Top Club Benfica offers moments of bliss. In the first leg on September 17, 2019, Timo Werner got off to a perfect start with a 2-1 victory at Estadio da Luz. In the second leg on November 27, 2019, after a 2-0 defeat with a brace from Forsberg in the final minutes, the 2-2 was the cornerstone of the round of 16. According to coach Julian Nagelsmann, the moment of Leipzig’s goosebumps in the Champions League so far.

THE MATURITY TEST: The first knockout match in the premier class becomes the RB maturity test. The Saxons dominate last year’s finalists Tottenham Hotspur on White Hart Lane. Much more than Werner’s 1-0 is possible on February 19, 2020. Nagelsmann triumphs over the great José Mourinho. In the second leg on March 10, 2020, you never leave doubts at 3-0. Leipzig are much better than the highly acclaimed Premier League club. Sad aspect: this is the last game in front of the spectators before the Corona break.

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