Sport three-way battle for the Champions League: “There will be a bang”

16:40  19 june  2020
16:40  19 june  2020 Source:   ran.de

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top-class crime thriller or decision before the season finale: In RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach, three clubs are fighting for the two spots still to be allocated in the Champions League.

Leipzigs Trainer Julian Nagelsmann will mit seinem Team sich für die Champions League qualifizieren. © Photo: Jan Woitas / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann wants to qualify for the Champions League with his team.

Leipzig has the best maps but also the most difficult program. On Saturday (3:30 p.m. / Sky) the struggling autumn champion Borussia Dortmund receives and can make everything clear with a win.

"It will definitely pop again," said international Julian Brandt and hopes for an offensive fireworks display. BVB are under pressure after the 2-0 defeat against Mainz and will also have to do without seven professionals due to suspensions and injuries. Nevertheless, you only need one point in Leipzig for second place. Then you can enjoy the three-way battle for third and fourth places from a distance.

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Theoretically, Leipzig could also save itself across the finish line. This requires a victory against BVB. Problem: Since the beginning of the ghost games, the opponents have liked to travel to Leipzig, RB did not even get a three against tail light Paderborn. "Of course there is a bit of pressure," said coach Julian Nagelsmann. «But we have the match balls and I am 100 percent convinced that we will use one. Leverkusen and Gladbach would like to trade with us. »

For Leverkusen, not only the form speaks for the game at Hertha BSC, but also the statistics. Bayer have not lost an away game since the beginning of February, while Hertha recently had to digest three defeats in a row. «We know that there is more at stake for us than for Hertha. Nevertheless, we expect an opponent who wants to win. Every professional athlete wants that. We want that too, »said Bayer coach Peter Bosz. «We now have two finals. The players know what it's about. We can win anything in a week. »

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On paper it could be easy for Gladbach on Saturday. Borussia will play for relegated SC Paderborn, who have not won a game since January. Nevertheless, the pressure is greatest at Gladbach, because as the only threesome you can't make it into the premier class on your own.

Even if Borussia wins in Paderborn and at the end against Hertha, with 65 points it could only be enough to place fifth. Which would be quite astonishing, since so many counters have always been at least in fourth place since the introduction of the three-point rule.

"We all said that we want to achieve our big goal, Champion League," said Gladbach coach Marco Rose. However, the native of Leipzig has to do without the injured top attackers Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea. In defense, Nico Elvedi also has a yellow card suspension.

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