RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch has to plan to face the big, red juggernaut that is Bayern Munich, but the new boss also has to account for a couple of other subplots that have been brewing in East Germany.
The return of former Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann and Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer will also make a homecoming of sorts.
Marsch knows that it will not be easy.
“Bayern is a great team and we need our best performance. One of our advantages is that we are healthy, we are ready and we played well during our international break. We want to be aggressive in front of the fans in our stadium,” Marsch said to Sky (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia). “Julian does a lot of good things tactically with possession and positional play. He is very intelligent when it comes to outnumbering the opponent in certain situations and thus gaining an advantage. Many here have worked with Julian for many years and can use that.”
As for Upamecano and Sabitzer, Marsch acknowledged that it was tough to lose such good players.
“That might not be ideal, but the situation in football is always changing. Bayern is a great club. They always have a lot of money and flexibility. They often use this power to find the best players in the league.”