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"We want to put a marker down and score an early goal!"

Ralph Hasenhüttl and Marcel Sabitzer look ahead to the quarter-final second leg against Olympique Marseille | Naby Keita fit again | Timo Werner questionable | 600 RBL fans travel to Marseille

Expedition Europa is off to France! On Thursday, Olympique Marseille host Leipzig in the second-leg of the Europa League quarter-final to determine who will progress to the next round. 600 RBL fans are making the trip to the Stade Vélodrome.

Head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl and midfielder Marcel Sabitzer spoke with the media about the upcoming opponents, the current personnel situation and Sabitzer's recent contract extension.

ralph hasenhüttl:

  • "I'm really happy that Marcel Sabitzer has decided to extend his contract here for the foreseeable future. He's come along a lot - as much of the team has this season - and isn't done yet either. He is an important part of our team and what we do. 

    It's been close in every single Europa League game we've played so far. To get to through to the next round, you need four good halves of football. We have to defend as a team and not be afraid to go forward ourselves to get the result we want. We want to put down a marker and score an early goal. 

    I have a lot of trust in our attack. We have the ability to do damage to every team that we play. That gives us confidence. We want to be aggressive, but we know that it won't be easy against a very stable Marseille defence. We have to take every chance that we get. 

    The Stade Vélodrome is a great stadium which generates a great atmosphere. We're used to playing in big games on a big stage, however. Another highlight is ahead of us on Thursday."

marcel sabitzer:

  • "I'm really happy that I'm able to continue my journey at RB Leipzig. However, our focus is fully on what's to come in the near future. We want to achieve big things in team. 

    The full stadium will definitely spur us on that bit more. We're looking forward to it a lot. We've prepared a lot for this game and we want to get the win!"

Personnel:

  • Naby Keita was able to take part in the final training session on Wednesday and is available for selection against Marseille.
     
  • Timo Werner is dealing with a thigh problem. It is yet to be decided whether the striker will be able to play.
     
  • Willi Orban served his suspension in the first leg and is able to play again.
     
  • Yussuf Poulsen, Marcel Sabitzer, Jean-Kévin Augustin and Diego Demme are all on two yellow cards going into this game, and could be suspended for a possible semi-final first leg if they were to get another.
     
  • Konrad Laimer (torn muscle in thigh) and Marcel Halstenberg (torn right ACL) are both out with long-term injuries.
     
  • Ademola Lookman is not able to play due to having previously represented Everton in the Europa League earlier this season. 
     
  • Björn Kuipers from the Netherlands will referee the game.

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