"We have to play tactically and at a high level"

Coach Ralf Rangnick speaks prior to Sunday's home game against 1. FSV Mainz 05 | Emil Forsberg is out | Diego Demme a doubt

RB Leipzig welcome Mainz 05 to the Red Bull Arena on Sunday (15:30 CET). The visitors are currently sat in 10th place.

Ahead of the match, coach Ralf Rangnick discussed the upcoming game and the available personnel.

Ralf Rangnick: 

    "We are in the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal and have 25 points in the league. We are disappointed that we can no longer take part in the Europa League. We want to finish the year with as many points as possible.
    With Mainz, we will face an opponent who have only lost to a big margin once. This will not be an easy task for us. However, my team will want to show a reaction after being knocked out of the Europa League. Therefore, our goal is the three points. 
    Mainz 05 are a team who are very disciplined. I'm expecting a game that'll demand a lot from us - we have to operate at a high level tactically too. It won't be an easy game. I'm sure that our team will show a reaction."

Team news:

  • Emil Forsberg is out.

  • Diego Demme is a doubt. He has been training individually due to an abdominal problem.

  • Marcel Sabitzer has amassed four yellow cards this season. A fifth one on Sunday would result in a one-game suspension.


Bundesliga, Matchday 15
RB Leipzig


16th Dec

1. FSV Mainz 05
15:30 CET
Red Bull Arena , Leipzig

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