German newspapers react as Rangers lose 1-0 v RB Leipzig
Rangers will feel they will have a chance to turn it around at Ibrox in the second leg after producing a resolute performance in Germany.
The Gers suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat on Thursday night but they are still in the game and they can now look forward to another cracking game at Ibrox next month.
A stunning Angelino volley five minutes from time broke the resilience of the visitors, but the tie is far from over.
German newspaper Bild describes it as a “cracker” from Leipzig, while local newspaper Leipziger Volksdeitung has praised (28 April) the Gers defending saying it’s been a “torment” for the home side infant of the 40,000-odd fans.
Rangers were solid in defence throughout and did a remarkable job to frustrate the home side.
However, they were blunt in attack with the Gers missing the guile and quality of Aaron Ramsey, while the forward line was depleted following the injury to Kemar Roofe.
Fashion Sakala was available but Van Bronckhorst came up with smart tactics.
The Ibrox boss opted against starting the Zambian international as he feared he might struggle once again just like what he did against Braga in Portugal.
The Dutchman instead selected a forward line of Scott Wright, Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent, and it worked extremely well for him.
Van Bronckhorst deployed Wright and Kent in a front two with Aribo was tucked in behind in a 5-3-2 formation.
This game is far from over. If Rangers can get an early goal in Ibrox, the German side can crumble under pressure.
In other Rangers news, one 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season.