#B04RBL review: ‘One mistake decisive’

From the third position to fourth: The 1-0 home defeat against RB Leipzig on Sunday 17 April was the first loss after three games unbeaten. The team under head coach Gerardo Seoane are now fourth in the table with the Red Bulls moving above the Black and Reds into third spot. One move above all was crucial. The Werkself review… Summary: RB impress after break

summary: RB impress after the break

The match got off to a slow start with the focus more on defence. The first chances on goal fell to the Werkself players Robert Andrich with a long-range shot on 13 minutes and a header from Edmond Tapsoba ten minutes later. Over the course of the first half, again it was primarily the hosts who created more chances. Probably the best opportunity was a header from striker Patrik Schick four minutes before half-time that went just wide of the target. RB Leipzig increasingly took control of the game in the second half with striker Christopher Nkunku standing out. That was also the case on 69 minutes when the France international broke through on goal only to put his lob past the left upright. Just one minute later it was his teammate Dominik Szoboszlai who broke the deadlock for RB. HERE is the match report.

Good news off the pitch: The Ukrainian youth players, who played a friendly against the Bayer 04 U17 side on Thursday, watched the game from the stands at the BayArena.



reaction: "we have to carry on"

Gerardo Seoane was primarily disappointed with the result at the post-match press conference. The Swiss coach was also unhappy with the approach to challenges and frequent loss of possession by his players. Nevertheless, a lot did go right: "We succeeded in stopping this strong attacking side getting into their stride and defended against counter-attacks and our residual defending was also right. In the end it was one mistake too many,” said Seoane.

Midfield dynamo Robert Andrich agreed with the boss’s assessment: "There weren't many attacking moves on either side and that made it clear: Whoever makes the first mistake will lose. We're incredibly disappointed we are conceding such simple goals so often."

Captain Lukas Hradecky clearly laid out the approach to the remaining four games in an interview on DAZN: "We’re in the running for a Champions League spot. We just have to keep going. Everybody has to ask themselves: Do we want to play in the Champions League? The details are in the mind. Everybody's good enough as a player and we also function well as a team."

Personnel: two players suspended 

Gerardo Seoane brought two players into the starting line-up compared with the goalless draw at VfL Bochum – both more of a defensive option: Mitchel Bakker and Exequiel Palacios. In the game against the Red Bulls, Seoane opted for a back five and three holding midfielders. The 43-year-old coach made offensive changes on 73 minutes: Kerem Demirbay for Jonathan Tah and Paulinho for Exequiel Palacios. The Swiss coach brought on two more forwards with ten minutes to play: Robert Andrich was replaced by Lucas Alario and Piero Hincapie made way for Sardar Azmoun.

Andrich and Hincapie each picked up a fifth yellow card and they are therefore suspended for the game away to SpVgg Greuther Fürth.


Stats: More shots but no goals

The numbers from the game also reveal a significant factor for Seoane and Co: While the Werkself had 12 shots on goal in 90 minutes, RB Leipzig only had four shots including the match-winning goal. The Red Bulls were also marginally ahead in terms possession with 54%. And the Leipzig team also came on top in the challenges stats with 64%.

what the papers say: "at least on equal terms"

The Rheinische Post sums up the defeat as follows: "The Werkself were in control against RB Leipzig for a long time but made one mistake too many and had to accept a narrow defeat." And kicker shares that view and sees the depth of the RB squad and a mistake by Leverkusen as decisive: "Leverkusen, who were at least on equal terms, did however make the crucial mistake.” The same is in the report by Sport1: "One goal makes the difference."



outlook: Fürth and Frankfurt up next 

Next Saturday, 23 April (kick-off: 15.30 CEST), the Werkself are away to SpVgg Greuther Fürth. The team at the bottom of the table last secured a point with a goalless draw away to TSG Hoffenheim. Eintracht Frankfurt are the visitors to the BayArena a week later. The last two matches of the season for the Seoane team are away to TSG Hoffenheim and at home to SC Freiburg on the final matchday.


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