FC Köln – RasenBallsport Leipzig: Attacking Quality Helps Leipzig Defeat Direct Köln (2-4)
RB Leipzig’s front four all got on the scoresheet as they won out against a Köln side focussed on directness in attack. In Leipzig’s own possession, they generally made good use of the wide spaces, with their fullbacks contributing ably to the attack, especially in the first half. An early Jhon Córdoba goal and a spectacular second half strike from Anthony Modeste made the scoreline more respectable for Köln, but Leipzig always had too much for Markus Gisdol’s side.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
RB Leipzig have had somewhat mixed fortunes since the return of the Bundesliga. In the first match, some poor finishing cost Julian Nagelsmann’s side as they were held to a draw by SC Freiburg. Things improved away at FSV Mainz 05 as Leipzig dismantled them to win 5-0. However, they then went on to struggle in the most recent game against Hertha BSC as they were once again held to a draw.
These results mean that since the winter break, Leipzig have had six draws from eleven Bundesliga games, which now sees them having to battle for their place in the top four alongside impressive opposition in Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Köln meanwhile are without a win since football’s suspension, having drawn against
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