Rangnick: Leipzig must force Dortmund into mistakes

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 22: Head coach Ralf Rangnick of Leipzig looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and SV Werder Bremen at Red Bull Arena on December 22, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)

RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick plans to put Borussia Dortmund under pressure and force them into making mistakes ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga game

Leipzig will welcome BVB at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday for their first league match of 2019 after nearly a month off due to the winter break.

Die Roten Bullen had a decent start in the first half of this season to end up fourth on 31 points from 17 games and, crucially, in a Champions League qualification spot.

But Rangnick is aware that Leipzig cannot afford to have any kind of holiday hangover if they are to stand any chance of causing an upset against league leaders Dortmund.

“We’re still unbeaten against Dortmund at home,” said Rangnick on the club website.

“If we want to get three points on Saturday, we will need to play as a team. We need to put our opponents under pressure and force mistakes.”

“We’re up against the most prolific team in the league in BVB, but they’re up against the strongest defence.


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“We will need to be strong at the back and make the right decisions at the right moments. If we then also take our chances, we can win the game. I’m really looking forward to playing in front of a sell-our crowd.

“I know Lucien Favre very well from old times. The versatile nature of Dortmund’s play has got Lucien written all over it.

“The club also managed to make some great transfers in the summer with the likes of Alex Witsel, Thomas Delaney and Paco Alcacer. Those are just some of the reasons behind BVB’s success.”

Leipzig will welcome back Kevin Kampl for the game after he recovered from his toe injury.

But Bruma (ankle), Emil Forsberg (adductor) and Stefan Ilsanker (suspended) will be unavailable.

The Leipzig and Dortmund match will begin at 18:30 (CET) on Saturday.