American Jesse Marsch misplaced his first Bundesliga recreation as head coach of RB Leipzig on Sunday after his facet suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Mainz, whose preparations had been badly hit by an outbreak of Covid-19. After profitable back-to-back Austrian league and cup titles with RB Salzburg, Marsch moved to their sister membership this season to exchange Julian Nagelsmann, who’s now at Bayern Munich. There was a minute’s silence earlier than kick-off to pay respect to German legend Gerd Mueller who died within the early hours of Sunday. The hosts deservedly took an early lead when captain Moussa Niakhate hooked the ball into Leipzig’s objective on 13 minutes.
It was a exceptional show from Mainz whose preparations had been disrupted by having 11 gamers quarantined as striker Karim Onisiwo was one in every of three squad members to check constructive for coronavirus.
Head coach Bo Svensson needed to reshuffle his beginning staff, however his facet turned in a decided show in sweltering temperatures.
“We didn’t have a very good begin and the early objective harm us, it was an ideal scenario for Mainz who may defend deeper and deeper,” Marsch informed broadcaster DAZN.
“They defended effectively – you must say – and we didn’t discover sufficient room with the ball. We didn’t have sufficient tempo and didn’t create sufficient.”
Much is anticipated of final season’s runners-up Leipzig, who host champions Bayern within the on September 11.
“We had a very good pre-season and this recreation didn’t go within the path we needed, however for me, nothing has modified. This is an effective reminder that we’ve got extra work to do,” insisted Marsch.
It became a irritating afternoon for Leipzig’s assault led by Sweden playmaker Emil Forsberg, which couldn’t break down the hosts’ defence.
“That was too little from us,” stated Forsberg.
“We didn’t press them sufficient. We didn’t discover sufficient options to interrupt down their defence. It wasn’t ok as we speak.
“We should do higher towards Stuttgart (at house) on Friday.”
Leipzig’s new striker Andre Silva, signed for a reported 23 million euros ($27 million) from Eintracht Frankfurt, was repeatedly denied by Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner.
Mainz thought that they had doubled their lead late on when defender Alexander Hack smashed house a shot from a nook, however replays confirmed the ball had beforehand gone lifeless behind the Leipzig objective.
At the opposite finish, Leipzig defender Nordi Mukiele had a shot blocked by Hack.
On Friday, Bayern had been held to a 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland then performed a component in all of the hosts’ targets in a 5-2 thrashing of Frankfurt on Saturday.