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"A huge game for all of us"

Ralph Hasenhüttl and Willi Orban look ahead to the UEFA Champions League opener against AS Monaco | Sold-out home section in the RB-Arena | Naby Keïta set to miss out

Expedition Europa begins! At 20:45 CEST on Wednesday, our first UEFA Champions League group hame against French champions AS Monaco awaits. 

Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl and captain Willi Orban spoke to the media ahead of RBL's European debut.

RALPH HASENHÜTTL:

"Being able to play in the UEFA Champions League is the reward for last season. Being in this competition feels like a bonus, but we also have a sense of responsibility. After all, we're not just representing RB Leipzig tomorrow, but the whole of German football. We know that there are high expectations for us, but I'm convinced that we will put in a good showing.

"In Monaco, we're up against a side with a very balanced squad, and one that has a lot of strenghts. Ten of their 14 goals this season have come from set pieces, so we have to be alert and not give anything away. They're also very dangerous on the counter, but there's no need for us to shy away from the challenge. We've earned respect and keep improving our football when we have possession.

"Naby Keïta unfortunately had to cut training short today. Unless a miracle happens overnight, he won't be able to play tomorrow. I'm already considering alternatives. We've got a number of options in defensive midfield with Konrad Laimer, Stefan Ilsanker and Kevin Kampl."

WILLI ORBAN:

"Our first game in the UEFA Champions League is a real highlight. We've been working towards being able to take to this incredible stage for a year, so we're very much fired up. It's a huge game for all of us - for the team, for the club, for the fans, for the city and for the whole region.

"Monaco are a seasoned team. They've certainly shown how much quality they possess in previous Champions League campaigns. We can't allow them any space or allow them to get into a rhythm with their combination play. But we also have to focus on our own qualities. If we can play our game in front of our fans, then I back us to spring a surprise.

"When I moved to Leipzig, I always dreamt of playing in Europe. For it to have happened so quickly makes me incredibly proud. Every kid dreams of one day playing in the UEFA Champions League. Tomorrow, that dream becomes reality."

Champions League, MD1
RB Leipzig

Wed

13th Sep

AS Monaco
20:45 CEST
RB-Arena , Leipzig
29 years
That's how long the people of Leipzig have been waiting for European football
Die offizielle Champions-League-Hymne!

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