RB Leipzig head coach admits they'll 'need more goals' in EL second leg v Rangers
RB Leipzig head coach Domenico Tedesco has admitted his side will need to score against Rangers if they are to progress to the Europa League final.
Rangers welcome the German side to Ibrox on Thursday evening, in what promises to be an electric atmosphere.
Despite leading 1-0 from the first leg, Leipzig head coach Tedesco feels his side will have to score if they want to progress.
Talking in his pre-match press conference on Leipzig’s Twitter page, Tedesco said: “We’re leading 1-0 in the tie, but I’m expecting us to need more goals tomorrow.
“Rangers will apply pressure – maybe not from the first minute, but at some point.
“So goals are always nice to have.”
Tedesco added: “Rangers will play differently at home than they did last week.
“The crowd will be a factor.”
Intriguing second leg
It will be incredibly interesting to see how both managers approach this fixture.
For Giovanni van Bronkhorst, it would be very easy to adopt the high-pressing football that has been so effective for Rangers in Europe this season.
With the crowd behind them at Ibrox, it could well work in their favour.
However, the Rangers boss will be more than aware of the counterattacking threat that Leipzig possesses, with Dominik Szoboszlai and Christopher Nkunku both direct and powerful runners up front.
We could well see another situation where Rangers look to play their way into the contest and ensure that they don’t fall further behind early on.
Yet, Tedesco’s comments seem to suggest that his side will come out and take the game to Rangers.
The Leipzig manager believing his side needs another goal implies that they will come out and try to put the tie to bed early.
If it does play out this way, then Rangers could try and pick the German side off on the counterattack, with Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo and Fashion Sakala all having the pace to hurt teams on the break.