Champions League: Covid raids Leipzig, coach and captain absent

Marco Kurth will also not travel to Belgium following a positive case in his immediate family



Posted on 11.24.21, 01:55 AM

RB Leipzig head coach Jesse Marsch as well as captain and goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi will miss Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Club Brugge after testing positive for Covid-19, the club announced on Tuesday. of Bundesliga.

Assistant coach Marco Kurth will also not travel to Belgium following a positive case in his immediate family, with second assistant Achim Beierlorzer expected to lead the squad in his absence.

“The positive tests of Jesse Marsch and Peter Gulacsi come despite all players and first team staff being fully vaccinated or recovered, thus respecting the 2G rule,” Leipzig said in a statement.

On top of that, RB Leipzig have been following the 2G-plus rule (fully vaccinated or recovered, and proof of a negative test) for some time when it comes to first-team contact, and will soon start performing booster vaccinations. “

Leipzig, which is at the bottom of Group A with one point in four games, is no longer in contention for the round of 16. Bruges are four points behind, four behind Paris St Germain in second position and five adrift of leaders Manchester City.

The Milanese mission

AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli has called on his side to turn their impressive Champions League performances into results as the seven-time European Cup winners head to Wednesday’s trip to Atletico Madrid with the need to win at all costs.

Taking part in their first Champions League competition since 2013-14, Milan sit last in Group B with one point from four games, four points behind second-placed Porto who will surrender to already-qualified leaders Liverpool on Wednesday.

“We are toughened up for it, built to be competitive,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“For many players, this is the first time in the Champions League. We found opponents of the highest level, but we showed that we were not too far from them.

“We realize that we always lacked a little something when it mattered most. We have to know that we have to play with quality and care in both penalty areas, otherwise the performance is worthless.

“My task of preparing the team for Wednesday is quite simple: this is the last chance to stay in the Champions League.”

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