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Marco Rose ahead of clash against Bayern Munich: Dani Olmo can make the difference

Leipzig's Dani Olmo on the ball / Photo: Daniel Löb/dpa
Leipzig's Dani Olmo on the ball / Photo: Daniel Löb/dpa

RB Leipzig coach Marco Rose is optimistic ahead of the match against Bayern Munich that Dani Olmo can make the difference.

When it comes to Dani Olmo, Marco Rose is a little overconfident ahead of the top match against Bayern Munich. "Dani is at an age where he can naturally take steps forward. But frankly, I don't see that much," said the RB Leipzig coach ahead of the clash on Saturday evening (6.30pm/Sky). "He can make the difference in Munich. I expect that."

Just like in the Supercup in the summer, when Leipzig humiliated Bayern in their own stadium. Of course, it wasn't about the big title, but the 3-0 win for the Saxons with three goals from Olmo still upset the record champions.

And Olmo? He was injured a month and three games later - again. The Spanish international's susceptibility to all kinds of absences is almost pitiful. He already has two longer absences in his statistics this season. However, he has been stable since mid-January and the form curve is pointing north.

"I have always said that Dani Olmo is a difference player who is difficult or impossible for us to replace," said Rose. "He's a very special player who thrives on the things that he simply can do, that he's worked for. But on the other hand, you can't learn them either. Sometimes you get the feeling he has eyes in the back. He sees things that others don't see. He plays balls that others never see."

Leipzig will have to rely on this quality if they want to score in Munich. There are, of course, other exceptional players like Xavi Simons and Lois Openda. But a fit Olmo brings the even better package and has been in Leipzig for four years now. "He's not a loudspeaker, but he's someone who speaks his mind in the dressing room and opens his mouth. He's definitely a leader, a leader with exceptional skills," said Rose.

Despite his susceptibility to injury, Olmo's departure is imminent in the summer. The 25-year-old can leave the club for around 60 million euros via a release clause. His dream destination is clear: FC Barcelona. Olmo once left the La Masia youth academy there and went to Dinamo Zagreb at the age of 16. He is set to return to his roots soon.

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