RB Leipzig (dpa) – Moving to the DFB Cup final, at the stadium of unpopular rival RB Leipzig – the semi-final is so much more for 1. FC Union Berlin more than one of the most important matches in the club’s history .
Although there won’t be as many fans as Eintracht Frankfurt’s supporters recently celebrated Barcelona’s Europa League coup, the aversion to the opponent is far greater. Support is likely to be strong in return.
Tedesco: “Every single RB fan needed”
The Red Bull Arena will go on sale for the first time on April 20 (8:45pm / Sky and ARD) after renovation with 47,069 spectators, including more than six and a half thousand Berlin supporters. RB coach Domenico Tedesco pleaded with his supporters to help his team, which has been playing hard for weeks, from the stands. “It’s going to be a close match, it’s going to be a patience game,” Tedesco said. “That’s why we need every RB fan. For that extra push!” . “
But it is also important for Unionern to publicly show his disapproval of RB. People from Kopenic have always come up with something for that. Sometimes the Saxons were ridiculed as a “rat ball” with a distorted slogan in the stadium brochure, sometimes there was a “funeral procession” in Leipzig, and each time the union fans were silent for a few minutes. This time the red hoods with the inscription “Full Pulle Union” should symbolize the contrast with the cans paddle.
Federation expects strong support in Leipzig
Just like Eintracht on Hessian night in Barcelona, Irons in Leipzig are expecting “a much larger number” of their fans than the official guest team, as head of media Christian Arbet explained. RB is not ruling out buying more tickets for open sale. Nearly 30,000 fans supported Frankfurt at the Camp Nou on Thursday Maundy. In Leipzig, the total is expected to be between 8,000 and 10,000 Unioners, according to the fans.
They want to protest RB with a moody 15-minute interruption at the start of the match. The ultras of the Wahl union also announced this in their “Die Wald-Site” information sheet for the second leg of the German Bundesliga on Saturday. Leipzig professional Marcel Hallstenberg is looking forward to welcoming more guests. “I’m in a really good mood,” the national player said on Sky. “It will be great when the Al-Ittihad fans come. The home and away scene will be great.”
Although RB is streaming with 14 competitive matches unbeaten, the last two defeats at An der Alten Försterei should have shaken all the pros awake, even if Max Kruse, who has moved to Wolfsburg, is in Union at the time. “I think the players are still thinking about that, they are still thinking about how to play against Al Ittihad, it’s not that easy,” said Tedesco, who has to dispense with Lucas Klostermann, Kevin Campbell and Amadou Haidara.
RB is working on the first title
However, after recent crushing defeats in Berlin in 2019 against Bayern Munich (0:3) and in 2021 against Borussia Dortmund (1:4), the Leipzig residents shine in the final. The first major title after two regional victories for Sachsenbucal in 2011 and 2013 could actually work in Seville. If RB completes the final in the semi-final second leg in Glasgow Rangers on May 5, a victory in the Europa League final on May 18 in the Spanish capital against Frankfurt or West Ham United will be possible.
But Union, who was in the final in 2001, would want nothing more than to play in the DFB Cup on May 21 after winning three doubles seasons against Hertha BSC – and then at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, the home of their unpopular rivals.
RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol – Henrichs, Laimer, Adams, Angelino – Olmo, Nkunku – Silva
1. FC Union Berlin: Rönnow – Jaeckel, Knoche, Baumgartl – Trimmel, Khedira, Gießelmann – Haraguchi, Prömel – Awoniyi, Becker
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