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RB Leipzig coach Rose warns against efficient Hoffenheim team

Leipzig coach Marco Rose speaks at the press conference / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa
Leipzig coach Marco Rose speaks at the press conference / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa

RB Leipzig have recharged their batteries with victory in the Champions League. Nevertheless, coach Rose demands a good performance against Hoffenheim in order to "defend their momentum and power".

Even without striker Wout Weghorst, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim will be a tricky task for RB Leipzig. "Hoffenheim have a high level of efficiency. They are very hard-working against the ball and overall a team with really good players and a lot of quality," said RB head coach Marco Rose ahead of Leipzig's Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim this Saturday (18:30/Sky). "Ihlas Bebou is similarly strong with his head and scored a header last weekend. He can also latch onto balls and is physically strong. He is also a target player who perhaps even goes deeper due to his pace," analyzed Rose.

In addition, Andrej Kramaric is in excellent form for the visitors. Maximilian Beier is also "driving things crazy up front. It's simply a good team that is rightly in sixth place," said Rose, adding: "We need a good performance tomorrow and have to defend their power and power. We have a lot of work to do again." For Leipzig, there are still question marks over striker Benjamin Sesko and defender Castello Lukeba, who, according to Rose, only have minor issues.

The Hoffenheim side have won five of their seven matches this season away from home. However, the statistics speak in favor of the Saxons. In 14 Bundesliga encounters, there have been eight wins and three defeats. RB are nevertheless warned: TSG have already taken five points from the Red Bull Arena, even winning 5:2 in Leipzig in 2018. Rose wants to "really get going again at the end of the year. Wednesday's success against Bern gave us a boost of energy that we want to take with us into the last five days. We don't want to make a big issue of fatigue."

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