RB Leipzig is aiming to regain some pride as they revisit the venue of last season’s heavy defeat by Manchester City, said coach Marco Rose.
The German side suffered a devastating 7-0 defeat by the eventual Champions League winners when they visited the Etihad Stadium in the last-16 stage of the competition in March. The two teams are set to meet again at the same venue for a group match on Tuesday, with both having already secured their places in the knockout stages.
Marco Rose commented in a press conference:
“Last year with the 7-0 thrashing, it put us down, it knocked us down. We haven’t spoken about it but it was not a good feeling after the game.
“But we became cup champions in Germany after the game and we qualified for the Champions League, so it didn’t destroy us as a team.
Marco Rose: We are here to try again
“Tomorrow we want to do better for sure. We want to compete with one of the best teams in the world. We want to show that we can make it better, that we are better.
“It’s difficult. We will have to suffer tomorrow. I didn’t see a team here that had much possession. Even Liverpool I think had just 40 per cent ball possession.
“So we know what we’ll get. But we are here to try again.”
Erling Haaland scored five goals for City in that last meeting, and Rose is well aware of the threat the Norwegian poses, having managed him at his former club Borussia Dortmund.
Marco Rose said: “I hope the relationship is as good as it always was but obviously he has to do his job tomorrow. We have to try and suppress him if we can.
“We’ll enjoy watching him play. But hopefully we’ll be able to stifle him.”
As Leipzig enters their penultimate game in Group G, they are three points behind Man City. While the top spot is yet to be finalized, the Germans must secure a victory to have any hope of surpassing the English outfit.