RB Leipzig: The story and emergence of a new Bundesliga Topper

Can RB Leipzig match what Leicester did last season or will they fade out?

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Bundesliga has been astonished to witness the emergence of a new power, named RB Leipzig in this season. The promoted team has been so far unbeaten in the league and 3 points clear to the top of the league table. Well, few may say they are Germany’s Leicester City which is a fair comparison, but the astonishing fact is that the current Bundesliga leaders are just 7 years old.

RB Leipzig Founded on:

RB Leipzig was found in 2009 by seven founding members who all were either employees or agents of Red Bull.

RB Leipzig Home Stadium:

Red Bull Arena, Leipzig.

Capacity: 44345

Emergence of RB Leipzig:

 

  • They won the NOFV-Oberliga Sud, which is the 5th tier of German football in 2009-10.
  • The Regionalliga Nordost was won by RB Leipzig in 2012-13 season, giving them the promotion to the third tier.
  • They got a promotion from the third tier in the very next season as they were the Runners-up.
  • Last season, Leipzig secured a 2nd spot to secure a promotion to the Bundesliga.

Also Read: A similar fairy-tale of Jamie Vardy and Leicester City last season. 

This Season so far for RB Leipzig:

The life in Bundesliga has been so easy for them so far!

Yes, it is astonishing but as a promoted team they have already made a record of being unbeaten after 11 league games in the top tier. The meteoric rise of this club has attracted all the positive attentions across the globe and some of the renowned pundits already have backed them to win the league this season. Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said last weekend that he can see them doing a Leicester by replicating the shock caused by the Premier League champions last season.

German journalist Florian Bogner quoted,

“I think the Leipzig team is even better in comparison to the rest of the league than Leicester. They already played three Champions League clubs without a defeat: they beat Dortmund at home (1:0), drew with Gladbach (1:1) and beat Leverkusen away (3:2). Their advantage is that they only have Bundesliga matches to focus on (after losing in DFB-Pokal in the first round at second division club Dresden) and have a relentless ‘achievement principle’.

“They want to be a top-three club in Bundesliga. Maybe they didn’t plan it to happen this season, but they will take it. So let’s see what happens… They play at Bayern Munich on December 21. It’s a huge game!”

So from every corner the club is getting positive reviews and they will have to keep on continuing the fantastic work they have done till now.

RB Leipzig’s Manager’s Words:

The man behind their success is a hard working personnel named Ralph Hasenhuttl. His team is in the flying form and he deserves all the applauds and credits he is getting. Recently speaking the manager agreed his team’s excellent display.

“If we keep playing this way and continue to do what we work on, and if we can maintain this hunger, then we are going to be hard to beat,” he said.

“Our only objective is to find solutions to get us through the challenges we face each day.

He also added that everybody believes what they are doing right now and nobody has gifted them their position, they have earned so. But beside that Hasenhutti also warned his team to not become complacent and said that they haven’t reached the peak yet.

“We’ve got to get better and keep making even more progress,” he said. “The higher we are, the more the focus will be on us and that means our opponents are going to try even harder against us.”

Leipzig may therefore respond by strengthening their side in the winter, although Hasenhuttl says there is nothing planned right now and they will accept any player who adds quality to the squad.

Also Read: Manchester United and RB Leipzig battle for Chelsea youngster. 

Key Players:

Naby Keita: The 21 year old midfielder has been top notch for the team so far. He scored the winner against Dortmund in a famous victory earlier this season.

Emil Forsberg: The Swedish is the most in form attacking midfielder in the Bundesliga, he has scored 5 goals this season.

Timo Werner: The 20 year old German youth international made a move to Leipzig from Stuttgart and so far has been outstanding for the club. He also has scored 5 goals for the team this season.

Peter Gulacsi: The Hungarian custodian has played all the games for Leipzig thus far and has kept 4 clean sheets in 11 league games, two of which came against clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg.

Marcel Sabitzer: This young Austrian has been pivotal for the Leipzig side as well, he has thrived under his compatriot manager. Playing 9 games, the 22 year old has scored 3 goals.

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