DFB-Pokal: Master dreams after triumph: RB Leipzig is addicted to the title

DFB-Pokal: Master dreams after triumph: RB Leipzig is addicted to the title

With the successful defense of the title in the DFB Cup, RB Leipzig has established itself as a top team. Now the next step in the Bundesliga must follow.

First a lap of honor in the team bus around the Victory Column at the witching hour, then an excessive Berlin party night with Tim Bendzko and Florian Silbereisen. The RB Leipzig cup heroes enjoyed their triumph and celebrated in high spirits with a large number of celebrities at Potsdamer Platz until the early hours of the morning. A few hours later, the celebration community moved on to Leipzig, where it was to continue at noon with a reception in the town hall.

For Leipzig, the successful title defense in the DFB Cup was not just the grandiose end to a modestly started season. Above all, it was the emphatic statement that you can go nationally in the long-term hunt for titles. So it was only logical that the Leipzig party beast Emil Forsberg announced new goals before disappearing into the night at the Club Theater. “Now we want to get the treble. After every title you want to win another one. We want to play even more consistently, also in the Bundesliga,” said the Swedish international.

Championship trophy is supposed to come

The core is in the last part of his statement. With the 2-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt, the team in the Olympic Stadium once again proved that they can be there in individual games. If the silver championship trophy is to come after the golden trophy, the quality has to be proven over a whole season. The opportunity was already there this season, but then the team weakened at the wrong time instead of taking advantage of Bayern’s stumbles. The victory in Munich two weeks before the cup final ultimately had no effect. Sooner or later the big coup in the Bundesliga should succeed.

Ex-boss Oliver Mintzlaff, who as the head of the supervisory board, still has influence and power as a kind of Saxon Uli Hoeneß, also dreams of this. You don’t claim to say you’re the new number one. “But we showed that we can get involved at the top, that we can win and defend titles. That makes us proud,” said the 47-year-old. The first important step will be the extension of the contract with coach Marco Rose beyond 2024, which, however, only has to be carried out formally.

It will be up to Rose to get this consistency, which in Germany is actually only shown by FC Bayern, in the team. Of course, it’s rather inconvenient that Konrad Laimer, one of the top performers of the past few years, made his farewell official that night – and will most likely switch to Munich. “We have some homework to do,” Rose said. “We will have fluctuation in the squad, we have to regroup.”

Nkunku is drawn to Chelsea

Actually, Christopher Nkunku is irreplaceable. The top scorer was not only the key player in the cup final with a goal and an assist, but was the defining figure in the Leipzig game of the past two seasons. The official announcement of the move to Chelsea is only a matter of time, the deal has long been fixed. “Last year players left, players left before that,” commented captain Willi Orban on Leipzig’s personnel policy. You have good players and will have good newcomers. “So I’m not worried about that.”

The fact that sports director Max Eberl and Rose can now lure their dream professionals is not necessarily due to the cup win. “The Champions League is what primarily brings the players to Leipzig,” stressed Rose. So it was clear that qualifying for the premier class will continue to be the number one goal of the season in the future. Preferably garnished with a trophy. This is only for the master.

Source: Stern

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