Rangnick: "We are confident and looking to go there and win."

Head coach Ralf Rangnick speaks ahead of Thursday’s Europa League third qualifying second leg tie with Craiova | Timo Werner to miss game as a precaution | Laimer and Upamecano fit again, but not in squad |

Ahead of Die Roten Bullen’s meeting with CS Universitatea Craiova on Thursday, Ralf Rangnick stressed the importance of the game and gave a brief squad overview.


• “We have a clear goal, and that is to reach the group stage of the Europa League. As a result we want to take the next step in Romania. We are also confident enough to say that we should really win the game too. The way to do that is to make sure we take the game seriously. In front of us is a new and modern stadium with 30,000 seats. We are preparing for it to be loud and packed. But that should not be anything new to us.”
• The trip to Romania will be undertaken by 14 outfield players and two keepers. Timo Werner is suffering from a slight muscle problem and will stay at home. He is however in the frame to make Sunday’s DFB Pokal tie in Köln. We want to try to go into both games (tomorrow and Sunday) with a rested and relaxed squad.
• I can already say that Emil Forsberg, Yussuf Poulsen and Marcel Sabitzer will be in the starting XI on Thursday. In the home fixture they all came off the bench and brought an impetus to the team.”


Timo Werner will miss tomorrow's second leg with a light muscle injury.
14 outfield players have made the trip to Romania


• Timo Werner (slight muscle problem) will miss Thursday’s game, but should return for Sunday’s DFB Pokal fixture. 
• Konrad Laimer and Dayot Upamecano returned to training on Monday. They will not be ready for Thursday, but should be back for the Pokal game on Sunday.
• Péter Gulácsi will be rested and will stay in Leipzig. Yvon Mvogo will likely take his place in goal.
• Stefan Ilsanker is back after a short illness and has travelled to Romania. 


Europa League 3rd qualifying round, 2nd leg
Universitatea Craiova


Thurs, 16th Aug

RB Leipzig
18.30 CEST
Ion Oblemenco Stadium, Craiova

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