Van Dijk, Henderson and Klopp to Manchester City. A scenario that football fans think is completely out of the question. However: It must have been like this or something similar to RB Leipzig this summer.
With Julian Nagelsmann, Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer, the coach, the star central defender and the captain left Leipzig this summer. And all towards FC Bayern, behind which RB came second last season.
At Upamecano, the change had been clear since February, and Nagelsmann was also fixed several months ago. New to the Munich orchestra: Sabitzer. The Austrian went to Bayern at the end of August for 15 million euros.
The 27-year-old was officially presented on Thursday, and the first mission could follow on Saturday at 6.30 p.m. And. the opponent is of all places … Leipzig.
Sabitzer, the insider
It’s logical that all eyes are now on the midfield star. “Sabi” hardly feels sad: “I spent six years in Leipzig, made my way from the second division to the semi-finals of the Champions League. I gave something back to the city and the club. “
The tricky thing is that Sabitzer was the only one of the three “renegades” to train with the new RB coach Jesse Marsch. For a whole four weeks. An advantage? «Of course I have inside information. I’ve also spoken to the assistant coaches and scouts, ”he reveals.
By the way: When Sabitzer was 14 years old, Bayern Munich noticed him at SC Wiener Neustadt. In the trial training, however, it was not enough for the teen.
Again and again allegations against Bavaria
The immigration from the Saxon city is a blessing for Bavaria. At the same time, the (old) accusation is being raised that the Munich team – as has so often happened in the past – would weaken their direct competition.
Miroslav Klose, Thorsten Frings, Tim Borowski, Mario Götze, Mats Hummels, Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Mario Gomez, Michael Ballack, Zé Roberto – they all moved from major title competitors to Munich.
Goalie legend Oliver Kahn, chairman of the board since July, defends himself against the accusation: “That has nothing to do with the fact that we are deliberately weakening opponents. We’re not forcing a coach or a player to come to Bayern Munich. We’re just a very, very attractive club. “
Sabitzer successor sees it differently
A swipe at the people of Leipzig who sprang up from the ground thanks to the energy drink millions? Possible. Peter Gulacsi, Sabitzer’s successor as RB captain, does not see that Leipzig was “bought up”. «I see it more that we received a large sum for all three. In the end, it is also a decision of our club whether we sell or keep the players, ”said the Hungarian in an interview with sport1.de.
There is tinder in it before the top game of the Bundesliga round. (leo)