Marco Rose could only smile about the renewed clash in the Champions League with Manchester City. "My first reaction was straight into the staff group: finally Manchester," the RB Leipzig head coach said the day after the Group G draw with defending champions Man City, Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys Bern. "Not only for Leipzig, but also for me, because with Gladbach I had also already had Manchester as an opponent," Rose explained.
Now another attempt against his former protégé Erling Haaland and against ex-Leipzig Josko Gvardiol, who switched to Pep Guardiola's team just before the start of the season for a 90 million euro transfer fee plus bonus. "Against Manchester we will try it again, also sometimes to decide a game for us," stressed Rose, after it was 0:7 at the Etihad Stadium in March. "We got a real shower," Rose opined. In Bern on artificial turf, he said he expects "different conditions that we have to adapt to," and in Belgrade "an incredibly hot crowd."
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