The match was practically decided after 15 minutes: RB Leipzig left FC Schalke no chance in the Bundesliga in their own stadium. In the 6:1 (4:0) on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 in Gelsenkirchen, the bottom of the league made an effort, but was too vulnerable defensively, too harmless offensively and could be pleased that the result was not significantly superior .
Schalke coach Thomas Reis created a surprise in his starting XI: striker Simon Terodde, seeded in the first half of the season, had to give way to newcomer Michael Frey. According to Reis, he wanted to ensure better starting behavior and counter pressure, but Frey almost exclusively saw the action from a safe distance – almost everything took place in Schalke’s penalty area.
In the 7th minute, he took revenge for the first time that the cover of the “Royal Blues” had gone very far: the starting eleven of Leipzig, comebacker Timo Werner, tripped the ball during a counterattack, but André Silva then spontaneously took it over and won. from 18 yards straight to the left corner.
Shortly before the break got serious again
At Schalke, it was obvious that Reis had asked for courage and a quick forward transition, but the poor passing game was always an invitation for the guests to counterattack. What was particularly surprising was how few players Schalke had behind the ball: Leipzig were constantly outnumbered in attack. This was punished for the second time in the 15th minute when “Königsblau” collectively sleepwalked when thrown by RB – Benjamin Henrichs was able to finish effortlessly after a combination via Dani Olmo and Dominik Szobozlai.
Even after that, the “squires” learned nothing, they could only be lucky that Silva, Werner and Konrad Laimer missed a number of better chances. It was not until shortly before the break that the “Bulls” got serious again: after Cédric Brunner lost the ball, Alxeander Schwolow slapped a shot from Olmo forward, Silva dusted off to carry the 3- 0 (44th minute). The next pass also went to Olmo, whose Werner used the low cross before the break to make it 4-0. Seconds later, the national player should have added the fifth goal, but he shot wide.
Loud whistles and early changes
Schalke fans said goodbye to their team with loud whistles in the catacombs, Reis also reacted and after Dominick Drexler (45. +3) brought two more newcomers to the restart with Mehmet-Can Aydin and Andreas Ivan. The effect was palpable, both on the pitch and in the stands.
The hosts sometimes put Leipzig under pressure, put on the pressure, attacked with more consistency and also scored goals. RB, on the other hand, let the reins slip significantly and made positional errors such as those made by Josko Gvardiol and Marcel Halstenberg in the 56th minute: after a through ball from Frey, Soichiro Kozuki won against to the two national players and scored to make it 1:4. The supporters were immediately back and almost celebrated the 2-4: Aydin’s brilliant long shot passed a few centimeters from the target (64th).
Leipzig shrinks – but hits fantastically
The people of Leipzig, on the other hand, limited themselves to the mode of administration. The rhythm, the will to run and the duel fell more and more drastically, but the promising Frey narrowly missed the 2:4 (74 th ) after the cross of Marius Bülter, after which the Rose team a little cheered up.
The difference in individual quality was then illustrated by the goal of the evening: from a magnificent lob from the right corner of the penalty area into the left corner of the goal, Olmo submitted his candidacy for the goal of the month in the 83rd minute. It wasn’t the end of the humiliating evening: Yussuf Poulsen sent the ball into the far corner in the 89th minute to make it 6-1.
Satisfied rose, extremely sour rice
RB coach Marco Rose mostly agreed with his side’s performance on the sports show: “The first half was great, in the second half we didn’t quite make it. We would have liked to keep a clean sheet, but in the end we continued the good initial phase – so lots of praise. “
His colleague Thomas Reis was angry: “There’s not much to explain. If you don’t accept the challenges and let the opponent play, then you don’t need to be surprised if a first half like that happens. product. You can only apologize to the crowd for that. I have my team is not recognized today, you have no place in the Bundesliga with a performance like that.”
Leipzig v Stuttgart this weekend
At the start of the 18th day, RB Leipzig hosts VfB Stuttgart (Friday January 27, 2023 at 8:30 p.m.). Two days later, Schalke also play at home against 1. FC Köln (3:30 p.m.).
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