On Thursday evening it's finally time: On the first match day of the Europa League group stage of the season 2018/19, it comes to the first Red Bull Derby. In the Red Bull Arena, RB Leipzig receives the sister club Red Bull Salzburg.
After four points from the first three league clashes, we can’t talk about a good start to the season in Leipzig. At the weekend there was magnificent outcome 3:2 at home against the team of Hannover 96 at least the first victory of the season in the Bundesliga. After 20 minutes, Red Bull coach Ralf Rangnick had to change his system from a 4-3-3 to a 5-2-3 against the Hannover team. The guests had in the initial phase just too many open spaces and great opportunities. The change made the hosts safer, but left the Lower Saxony the ball and waited for switching. In the end, the tactics came up. But the victory against an equal opponent from Hanover came off happily. Especially at standards showed the team of coach Rangnick again big problems.
Red Bull Salzburg is the measure of all things. In the season 2017/18 Salzburg won the twelfth title in Austria, the fifth in a row. After seven matchdays of the current Bundesliga season in Austria, the team of the German coach Marco Rose is back without point loss at the top of the table. Only the Champions League curse could still not break. In the eleventh attempt, the Austrian Bulls missed the entry into the group stage of the premier class. This time they failed at the Serbian representative Red Star Belgrade. Thus, the Salzburg take part for the eighth time in the Europa League group stage.
In the duel, two closely linked clubs still meet. A total of 25 times changed since 2011, a player between Leipzig and Salzburg, the camps. Salzburg is also ridiculed by many experts as a training club for Leipzig. Of the 25 transfers between the two RB branches, only seven players made their way from Leipzig to Salzburg. Both clubs define themselves through a uniform game philosophy with high pressing and a lot of speed in the game forward.
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