Leipzig opens today the 31st day of the Bundesliga with the need not to leave their visit to Hoffenheim empty; to avoid jeopardizing third place in the fight to return to the next Champions League after entering the quarterfinals by eliminating in March at Tottenham by Jose Mourinho.
The energy team, led by Julian Nagelsmann, has 3 points more than Borussia M’gladbach (4th classified) and Bayer Leverkusen (5th); hence they cannot afford stumbles like last Saturday’s against the bottom and almost evicted Paderborn to fit a goal in the discount (1-1). Leipzig, undefeated in the 5 days played after the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic, is spoiling at Red Bull Arena where it has yielded 3 draws in its 3 matches, its great results at home with 2 goals to Mainz ( 0-5) and Cologne (2-4).
Patrik Schick on a scoring streak
Czech striker Patrik Schick on loan from Roma has scored a goal in each of Leipzig ‘s last three games. At his side, Dani Olmo and Timo Werner. The goals of Timo Werner, before his presumable march to Chelsea at the end of the season; and of the rounded Patrik Schick are still the great assets of a Leipzig that has central defender Dayot Upamecano sanctioned; while Marcel Sabitzer, with annoyances, and Dani Olmo vying for a place in the midfield.
Hoffenheim is 7th, a position that would now give them access to the Europa League by benefiting from the fact; that this week Bayern and Leverkusen have gone through too. The DFB Pokal final and are already assured of their participation in continental competitions next season.
Hoffenheim is not losing any game from the last 4 league matches. But on Tuesday the Dutch coach was dismissed due to differences in the way of approaching the future with management; the last 4 games will be led by an interim staff consisting of Matthias Kaltenbach; Michael Rechen, Timo Gross, Marcel Rapp, and Kai Herdling.