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Rose calls for better counter-attack protection against Cologne

Leipzig coach Marco Rose gestures / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa
Leipzig coach Marco Rose gestures / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa

Marco Rose calls for better protection on opposing counters against 1. FC Köln. "The mistakes we made in positioning, we made because we wanted a lot. Because we wanted to push, but it is important, and we must take that from the game, of course, that we also have a clear defensive structure on possible ball losses. We will address that again and that will also be important against Cologne," said the RB Leipzig head coach, looking back on the 3:1 against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League and emphasized with a view to the Bundesliga match this Saturday (6:30 p.m./Sky) against Cologne: "It will be a very intense and open game against Cologne. There will be a lot of back and forth. There we must be wide awake and defend the counter situations better."

The Leipziger could not win the last two encounters against the Rhinelanders, played in each case draw. In addition, Cologne managed the turnaround with the 3:1 in the derby against Gladbach. However, the visitors' only and last win in Leipzig was in 2018. In addition, Cologne's offensive play has faltered so far this season. There have only been seven goals so far this season, three of them in the last game alone. RB, on the other hand, conceded just seven goals, scoring 19 times.

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