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RB Leipzig relies on offensive strength in second leg at Real Madrid

Leipzig coach Marco Rose stands in the stadium before the match / Photo: Tom Weller/dpa/Archivbild
Leipzig coach Marco Rose stands in the stadium before the match / Photo: Tom Weller/dpa/Archivbild

Coach Marco Rose emphasizes the need for a strong performance and a bit of luck in the second leg against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Marco Rose will rely on his attacking strength in the second leg of the round of 16 tie at Real Madrid. "We will have to seek our salvation in attack. We also have to impose our tempo on the game. We'll have to push ourselves to the limit in all areas," said RB Leipzig head coach Marco Rose ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game (21:00/DAZN) and emphasized: "We shouldn't just hope for it, we should believe in it. We have to believe we can put in an exceptionally strong performance on the pitch, but we also need luck."

His team, however, have to make up a 1-0 deficit at the Spanish record champions. Leipzig's Spaniard Dani Olmo had a "sweet and sour feeling" after the goal theft and the missed chances. Now he is highly motivated: "It's a special scenario, the second leg in the last 16 of the Champions League here at the Santiago Bernabéu. Of course I hope we win."

Olmo "didn't want to reveal anything about the match plan. We're expecting a very vertical, attacking Madrid. Our game has to be perfect to progress. We hope to be efficient and effective." Leipzig defeated the Whites 3-2 at home in the group stage last season, before losing 2-0 at Real.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti warned against overconfidence. The 64-year-old emphasized that Leipzig are dangerous and can switch quickly and well from defence to attack. "But we have to show our best side. The matter is not yet decided."

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