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Europa League: Is RB Leipzig in the Glasgow cauldron?

RB Leipzig can forget the phase of weakness in the Bundesliga and move into a European final for the first time.

The runner-up plays today (9:00 p.m./RTL+) for the semi-final second leg of the Europa League at the Glasgow Rangers. Leipzig won the first meeting 1-0 with a goal from Angelino.

RB Leipzig vs. Rangers Extended Highlights | UEL | Semi-Finals 1st Leg | CBS Sports Golazo

The initial situation:

In the Bundesliga, Leipzig no longer has its way into the Champions League in his own hands. After the sobering 1: 3 on Monday in Mönchengladbach, a reaction from the team is now in demand. After all, the premier class can also be achieved with the profit of the Europa League. “As a player, you always want to win. We go on the pitch and want to decide the game for ourselves,” said midfielder Konrad Laimer.

The fans:

The IBROX stadium is considered a cauldron, and the Rangers also celebrated big evenings there internationally. On Thursday, just over 50,000 fans will be there and provide a unique atmosphere. The Rangers not only play for the final, but also for Jimmy Bell. The witness manager died on Tuesday and a club legend. In front of the Southeast Tor on Edmiston Drive, numerous flowers, jerseys and scarves had already been resigned in honor of Bell on Wednesday.

The load:

Leipzig played every three days in April and the burden continues in May. Since you are still represented in three competitions, players have to offer top performances at the end of a long season. If you miss the Champions League and neither win DFB Cup nor Europa League, the season is a big disappointment despite the good second half of the season. “We have the first final in Glasgow. We are fresh in our heads,” emphasized Laimer.

The trainer says:

“The Rangers definitely appear differently than away in the home game. The setting becomes a factor.”

Angry and disappointed: invalid record for Xavi

Before the duel in the Europa League quarter-finals with Eintracht Frankfurt, Barcelona was excellent in shape, did not lose 15 times in a row. The Catalans were also the clear favorite against the Hesse – and lost after a 1-1 in the first leg at home with 2: 3 against a Bundesliga club that plays unleashed.

With the Europa League, the last title chance this year was g1. A defeat that should leave traces sustainably, as is currently evident. In addition to a 1-0 in San Sebastian, there were two 0-1 home defeats against Cadiz (17th place) and Rayo Vallecano (11th place). Three bankruptcies in the time -honored Camp Nou in one season in a series like now under Xavi, that had never been done before.

“Xavi writes history,” it said in the Madrider Sportblatt AS, but “against his will”. Like a “disaster”, the latest home bankruptcy on Sunday was against Rayo, the Catalan sheet of sports was titled. So the wind around FC Barcelona turned within a few days. “We ended up on the ground of the facts,” Xavi also stated after weeks.

Xavi Admits He’s ‘Disappointed, Upset’ By Barcelona

“Five final games” for Barcelona

“I am angry and disappointed because we had a golden opportunity,” said the former world-class middle field man. With this mistake, Barça put on the match ball to the rival Real Madrid, because the royal can be against Espanyol Barcelona Spanish champion on Saturday, a draw would be enough for currently 15 points.

And what about the Catalans? “We complicated the situation,” said Xav **** i. The Catalans have “five evenings” in the fight for the Champions League. However, the starting position looks quite comfortable there, because there is five gaming days before the end of the season Barcelona has six points lead in place five. “We have to motivate ourselves and improve a lot,” says Xavi. Of course, it is also clear that the qualification for the Champions League is the absolute minimal goal. The season is already screwed up for the proud FC Barcelona without title. “If you win, everything is wonderful. But these are the moments when personality shows,” the coach now also takes on the team.

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