Ex-Salzburgers are under pressure in the German Bundesliga
Oliver Glasner receives Jesse Marsch’s Leipziger in Frankfurt. Adi Hütter is also challenged.
Four coaches who were very successful at Red Bull Salzburg are currently employed as head coaches in the German Bundesliga. But only Marco Rose swims on the wave of success before the tenth game day. After three championship wins in a row, Borussia Dortmund is only one point behind leaders Bayern Munich. On Saturday (3:30 p.m.) the sixth victory in the sixth home game against Cologne should be successful. With this, Rose would equalize the starting record of BVB legends Jürgen Klopp (2013/14), Matthias Sammer (2003/04) and Ottmar Hitzfeld (1994/95).
Rose’s successor in Gladbach, Adi Hütter, is still lagging behind expectations in the league. After the 5-0 cup success over Bayern, a home win against Bochum on Sunday (17.30) is mandatory in order to work your way up from twelfth place. “We just have to take this momentum with us and win,” says Hütter.
Oliver Glasner, who coached Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer, is fighting against relegation. Before the duel against RB Leipzig on Saturday (6.30 p.m.), the Hessians, who have only won one season game in the Bundesliga but have recently shone in the Europa League, are three points away from a direct relegation rank. “The enormous fluctuations in performance are surprising to all of us,” says Glasner. “We all pull our hairs. The players give everything. I put my hand in the fire for that.” Glasner has to pretend striker Gonçalo Paciência and captain Sebastian Rode takes a break.
Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch, who can rely on Konrad Laimer again, warns of Frankfurt’s home strength. For RB it will be an “extremely difficult” game – but it is also a great opportunity. In the fifth away game only Leipzig, who are in sixth place, want to write in full for the first time this year.
Bayern Munich is looking for revenge for the cup at Union Berlin on Saturday (3.30 p.m.). At the same time Florian Kohfeldt celebrates his debut as a coach at Salzburg’s Champions League opponent Wolfsburg – after separating from Mark van Bommel and only two days after his first training session at VfL. Before the duel in Leverkusen there were four league losses in the series. And the Salzburg War too strong.