RB Leipzig 2-1 Manchester City: Post Match Analysis

Bertrand Traore

RB Leipzig completes their Champions League group stage match with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City. Goals from Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva helped the German outfit to upset the Premier League champions.

With the result not having any effect on the final standing, Manchester City made multiple changes to their team. Many of their informed players were dropped from the squad that traveled to Leipzig.

This however helped the cause of RB Leipzig to end their Champions League campaign with a victory. The 2-1 win over Manchester City helps Die Roten Bullen to finish 3rd in Group A with 7 points.


The major team news came in the form of Achim Beierlorzer, who was appointed as the interim manager of RB Leipzig. This was after the club sacking of their manager Jesse Marsch due to poor performance in both the UCL and Bundesliga.

Leipzig changed into a back fours system from a back three for their Champions League match. Benjamin Henrichs and Tyler Adams were the casualties from the previous match, as they were replaced by Emil Forsberg and Kevin Kampl.

For City, Pep Guardiola wanted to rest his stars and as a result, made multiple changes to the team that started against Watford. Ederson started on the bench as Zack Steffen took his place. In the defense, Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte were dropped to the bench as Nathan Ake and John Stones took their place.

Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva both were given rest and did not travel to Germany. Oleksander Zinchenko took the left-back place of Cancelo and Kevin De Bruyne returned to the starting eleven. Other changes include that of Rodri and Rahim Sterling. The Spaniard was replaced by Fernandinho in the midfield, while Riyad Mahrez returned in place of Sterling.


The result of the match did not have any effect on Manchester City who has already qualified as the group leaders. Leipzig however needed to match the results of Club Brugge in the group to ensure that they qualify for the Europa League.

Both the teams started on the front foot with the visitors controlling more of the ball. But it was Leipzig that looks more threatening and they took the lead in the 24th minute. A defense-breaking ball from Konrad Laimer was finished brilliantly by Szoboszlai for the first goal. The best chance for City in the first half came from Phil Foden, whose shot could only hit the woodwork. De Bruyne also tested the keeper Gulacsi with his freekick, but could not find the goal.

Another quick counterattack from Leipzig in the 70th minute helped the host to double their lead. This time it was Andre Silva who got his goal from a neat finish. City pulled themselves back to the game with a headed goal by Riyad Mahrez 5 minutes later.

However, the game was taken out from the visitor’s hand when Kyle Walker was shown a direct red for his foul on Andre Silva. Though City tried for an equalizer the game finished 2-1 in favor of Leipzig.


With Champions League group stages over, teams will have time before their next European outing. Manchester City having finished first in the group, will be hoping to get a favorable draw in the next round. Leipzig on the other hand will be looking forward to their Europa League fixtures.

Both teams for the time being will however shift their focus to their domestic league campaigns. City who currently leads the Premier League by 1 point will face Wolves in their next match. For Leipzig, they will host Borussia Monchengladbach at home. They will try to climb up the Bundesliga table as they are currently sitting 11th in the Bundesliga table.

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