RB Leipzig are due to play the groundbreaking Champions League match at Club Brugge on Wednesday (9 p.m. /DAZN) pass after positive corona tests without coach Jesse Marsch and captain Peter Gulacsi.
None of them started the journey in Belgium. Co-coach Achim Beierlorzer will represent Marsch on the sidelines.
“Both are doing well under the circumstances, they only have mild symptoms,” Beierlorzer said in the afternoon. With Marsch he will be “of course in contact” during the match: “We will find a solution”.
Goalkeeper Gulacsi will be replaced by Spaniard Josep Martinez. “He has an incredible quality. I have no doubts that he will represent Pete well,” said Beierlorzer.
Marsch tested positive the day before the penultimate group match. The American, fully vaccinated, entered domestic isolation. For goalkeeper Gulacsi, a rapid test gave a positive result, the result of the PCR test is still pending. Co-trainer Marco Kurth is also missing in Bruges after a corona case in the family. Kurth has not tested positive.
For Leipzig, victory is a must in the final for third place – otherwise the ambitious runner-up risks losing the Europa League qualification. “We had a very, very difficult group. It would be a huge success for us to be able to continue in Europe. This is a title, which stimulates us all,” said Beierlorzer.