Leipzig (AP) – For the match against Werder Bremen, footballer Marcel Halstenberg demands a better concentration on the defense of RB Leipzig.
“We certainly haven’t been on the defensive as we imagine a few times recently,” the 29-year-old told the portal “Deichstube” before Saturday’s game (3.30pm / Sky). Leipzig conceded eight goals in the last three matches in Istanbul Basaksehir, Bayern Munich and against Manchester United. According to Halstenberg, these figures do not reflect the whole truth: “In the Bundesliga, our value is better: only nine goals against after ten games, little in the league together with Leverkusen.”
The defender is satisfied with the season so far. “We are ready in the Champions League, in the top field in the Bundesliga and in the cup, hoping to hibernate there too. In the new year we want to keep attacking in all three leagues. We are all hungry,” said Halstenberg . After his hip flexor problems, he was pain free and fully operational.
Although Bremen had seven games without a win, Halstenberg warned against Werder. “Of course we want to win to stay at the top of the table. It doesn’t matter what the opponent is called. That doesn’t mean we underestimate the Bremen team,” said the eight-time international. “I see Werder as a dangerous opponent who can always be good for surprises. I only remember the 1-1 in Munich.”
Due to ongoing problems after his corona infection, Hee-chan Hwang is absent against Werder in Leipzig and also out for the rest of the year. “Hwang had severe symptoms, such as those that occur with a viral infection. He told me he was almost dead for the first seven days. He was not doing well,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann. Therefore, slowly introduce him to the burden. ‘We just have to be careful. This can be dangerous for the heart. ‘
Hwang became infected while on a trip with the South Korean national team in November. The attacker has been able to train again since the beginning of December. Besides the newcomer from Salzburg, Christopher Nkunku will probably also be missing against Bremen. The Frenchman is taken aback, the pain picture is not good, according to Nagelsmann.
National player Lukas Klostermann, on the other hand, is about to return to RB training. “Lukas will be integrated from next week. He moves well, does sprints again and is in a good mood. The operation was very successful,” said Nagelsmann. “Of course he won’t be playing this year, but he is available to start the preparation.”
Klostermann could have played only five games for Leipzig this season until mid-October. The 24-year-old defender had to undergo surgery due to persistent pain. His national teammate Benjamin Henrichs and Austrian national player Konrad Laimer have been missing Leipzig indefinitely with knee problems.