By Sam Stone

30th Apr, 2022 | 6:10am

Leipzig coach surprised with Rangers tactics in Europa League first-leg win

Rangers ‘deep and compact’ tactics in their Europa League semi-final first-leg defeat surprised RB Leipzig head coach Domenico Tedesco.

Angelino’s 85th-minute wonder strike was enough to separate the two sides heading into what promises to be a special night at Ibrox next week.

Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s side’s compact defensive structure made it hard for the home side and is a tactic Tedesco wasn’t expecting.

He told BT Sport: “It was a tough game you know, normally Rangers are not that deep.

“They are not that massive and compact and their central defenders are really strong.”

He added: “They were always close to our striker, so it was not that easy especially in the first half.

“In the second half, we had three or four big chances to score and the most difficult chance we scored.”

Expect a different Rangers

Rangers have been successful this season with their high pressing in Europe, especially at home.

However, Van Bronkhorst would’ve know the importance of remaining in the match for the return leg at Ibrox.

It was not a huge shock to see the Gers employ a low block at one of Europe’s better-counterattacking sides.

It will potentially be a very different style of Rangers performance in the second leg, one which Tedesco is expecting: “I think it yes [be a different type of game]

“Rangers have to come, they have to open up a little bit more and when we have spaces we are a stronger side.”

However, regardless of Leipzig’s ability to exploit spaces and good away record, Rangers should not be underestimated in the return leg.

With six goals scored and only one conceded in their last two European knockout fixtures, this is by no means a forgone conclusion for Leipzig

In other Rangers news, one 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season