TOThanks to a lightning start, RB Leipzig has underlined its ambitions in the Champions League. The Saxons won 4-1 (3-0) in the Bundesliga on Saturday freiburg and therefore they are still in the top group. With 36 more points, Freiburg threatens to gradually lose sight of qualification for the European Cup.

In a largely one-sided match, Amadou Haidara gave Leipzig the lead after just over a minute in front of 33,200 spectators. Loïs Openda (18th/44th) and Benjamin Sesko (54th) expanded on this question. It was not enough for the sports club, which so far has only been able to score one point against the five best-ranked teams in the league. Lucas Höler, who hit the crossbar with his hand, was denied the goal (41'). After the break, substitute Vincenzo Grifo scored (59').

“I chose a completely wrong approach in terms of personnel and tactics with my teammates, but I am responsible,” said Freiburg coach Christian Streich, who will leave Breisgauer at the end of this season. “First of all, I should criticize the players less. “I just did it completely wrong.”

His team had big problems from the beginning and then was caught by surprise. After a cross from Openda, Merlin Röhl lost sight of his rival. Haidara, recently absent through suspension and one of two new players in Leipzig's starting eleven, took advantage of his freedom.

Guests with basic virtues

With Leipzig's second goal, the guests showed why they are one of the strongest counterattacking teams in the league. Even before the match, eleven goals from RB after counterattacks were already in the statistics. Openda continued with the next one. This time defender Lukas Kübler did not do well in the racing duel.

The game only went in the direction of the Freiburg goalkeeper. In the 24th minute Noah Atubolu also stood out. The goalkeeper of the under-21 team had an advantage against Openda. Obviously Rose had adjusted well to his team. “We know what awaits us in Freiburg: a high level of energy, physicality, intensity, physicality and duels. That is the basis if you want to survive in Freiburg or basically against Freiburg,” he stated.

The guests demonstrated the basic virtues required and Haidara, Openda and Xavi Simons shone with fine combinations in attack. The hosts also made important mistakes: at 0-3, Openda benefited from an unfortunate play by Yannik Keitel.

Shortly before, video assistant Sascha Stegemann intervened and reported a handball by the double scorer. Referee Daniel Siebert gave a penalty that Höler missed; It fit with the unfortunate panorama that Freiburg presented in the first half.

Streich reacted with a change of system and two substitutions. However, things did not improve from the locals' point of view. The RB took things a little slower, but continued to dominate the action and made it 4-0 thanks to Sesko. Instead of intervening, SC defenders simply accompanied their opponents. Despite their seemingly hopeless situation, Freiburg did not give up and scored their only goal of the afternoon through substitute Grifo.

Now things got hotter. Höler received his fifth yellow card after an altercation with Xaver Schlager and is therefore suspended for the away match against the newly promoted Darmstadt 98. However, emotions no longer influenced the score, also because a header from Roland Sallai hit the crossbar (75th).

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