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Rangnick explains what’s RB Leipzig’s philosophy

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - MAY 11: Ralf Rangnick, Manager of RB Leipzig looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Muenchen at Red Bull Arena on May 11, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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The team’s sporting director was turned into a coach for the 2018-2019 German Bundesliga campaign, and how he worked with the club’s staff and players.

RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick had to be turned into a coach for the squad in the 2018-2019 German Bundesliga campaign.

And today, he spoke to the Bundesliga.com website to explain his football philosophy.

“There were no books. No exercises. We didn’t even have the vocabulary to describe the kind of things that were happening on the pitch,” he explained about his early days.

“But we did know that this was the future. And we had to figure it out.”

“I was player-manager at sixth division FC Viktoria Backnang,” he said.

“We weren’t very good, but we were extremely lucky – on a cold February day in 1983, we chanced upon a genius.”

“Dynamo Kiev, the team of legendary coach Valeriy Lobanovskyi, were staying in a nearby training center and needed easy opposition for a friendly,” he commented.

“A few minutes in, when the ball had gone out for a throw-in, I had to stop and count their players. Did they have 13 or 14 men on the pitch?”

“I had played against top teams before – we always lost against them, of course – but they had at least given you the occasional moment of breathing space. Kiev was the first team I had ever come up against who systematically pressed the ball,” he continued.

“That was my football epiphany. I understood that there was a different way of playing.”