The end-of-season run-in is here! With the final international break of the league campaign done and dusted, Die Roten Bullen's full attention will be on ending 2017/18 on a high. First up, it's a trip to Hannover 96's HDI-Arena this Saturday, 31st March from 15:30 CEST.
Head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl spoke to the press on Thursday afternoon about the upcoming match and the current squad situation.
"Our internationals are all back in Leipzig now and, apart from Stefan Ilsanker, they returned without any problems. Some are a little tired after long journeys and only trained individually today. We will see how they feel in the next days before we put together a squad for the Hannover game."
"We'll be facing a side who have gone through something of a mini-crisis results-wise lately. But we're well aware that we haven't reached the right performance levels against teams lower down in the table in the past. We need to start controlling these kinds of games again. We need to play with the same passion, commitment and desire to win as we did against Bayern."
"It'll be a very tight race in the table behind Bayern. A lot of good sides are battling it out for the top spots and want to qualify for the Champions League. That means we will have to push hard until the season is over, but I have real belief in my team."
- Stefan Ilsanker is expected to miss out in Hannover after suffering a knee strain on international duty with Austria.
- Naby Keïta (cold) and Marcel Sabitzer (ankle) were able to complete all of training on Thursday and are available for Saturday's game.
- Willi Orban is set to make his 50th Bundesliga appearance for RB Leipzig.