Leipzig supervisor Marco Rose says his injury-hit aspect might want to produce their “match of the season” to knock Manchester City out of the Champions League on Wednesday (7am AEDT).
Rose’s workforce will arrive on the Etihad Stadium for the final 16 second leg tie with simply 17 accessible outfield gamers.
Christopher Nkunku and Xaver Schlager are among the many key absentees for the Bundesliga membership, who held City to a 1-1 draw within the first leg final month.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan journey to Porto to play the Portuguese heavyweights, however boast a 1-0 combination benefit.
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Leipzig have been already underdogs in opposition to the Premier League champions even with out their harm woes and Rose is aware of they should be excellent to spring a significant upset.
“We performed in opposition to the opponent a number of weeks in the past and we all know what to anticipate however it sounds simple in idea. In follow in opposition to City it’s a totally different ball sport,” Rose advised reporters on Monday.
“The first half in Leipzig was dangerous. Our defence wasn’t too dangerous however we hardly had any possession, that was the primary problem.
“We need to be extra intensive after we defend, which means we can have a bit extra possession, however as soon as we’ve the ball we must be a bit extra accountable as nicely.
“If we solely press it should open areas for them, but when we simply defend and don’t assault we are going to concede sooner or later.
“We want to seek out the appropriate steadiness, we want numerous confidence and braveness, and we are going to want our greatest match this season.”
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Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola admits his Manchester City reign will probably be outlined by success within the Champions League irrespective of what number of instances his aspect win the Premier League.
The 52-year-old has lifted the Premier League 4 instances, whereas additionally profitable 4 League Cups and one FA Cup throughout his remarkably profitable seven years in Manchester.
Yet for all his home glory with City, it’s the Champions League that continues to be the holy grail.
Asked if his time at City can be judged solely on his European achievements, Guardiola advised reporters: “Yes. It doesn’t imply I agree with that however completely we will probably be judged by this competitors.”
With City trailing 5 factors behind leaders Arsenal within the Premier League, the Champions League is much more vital for Guardiola’s workforce this season.
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