Are Red Bull Leipzig the new pretenders in Bundesliga? Or do they have the right mixture of talent and the temperament to challenge Bayern Munich for the coveted title?
Though the pre-season friendlies can not be taken as a right tool to judge a team’s real strength, for the managers are always looking to test as many new faces as possible, we can still get a fair idea about Julian Nagelsmann’s tactics for the upcoming season.
While Galatasaray are coming into the pre-season looking to build on a very successful domestic season.
The Club Friendlies match will be played between RB Leipzig and Galatasaray at New Tivoli, in Aachen, Germany. The ground has a capacity of 32,960.
The game will start at 09:30 PM (IST), on Friday, July 19.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
RB Leipzig – D W D W L L
Galatasaray – D L W D W W
RB Leipzig Team News:
No injury concerns.
The squad selected by Nagelsmann for the pre-season is almost getting to its full strength. However, 20-year-old midfielder Hannes Wolf remains on the sidelines at the moment due to an ankle injury. Though, the official reports suggest that he is making good progress.
Another player who missed the last friendly game for Leipzig is Tyler Adams. But he is back in training and looked comfortable for the duration he was on the ground. The 20-year-old American may be involved in this game.
Possible ins or outs of this game:
As was expected, Nagelsmann used two different playing-11 for either half in the last friendly game against FC Zurich which Leipzig lost 1-4.
Emil Forsberg was amongst the 2nd unit and scored his team’s only goal in that game. Considering that the Swedish international has been struggling with fitness, he may be given more minutes here to improve his fitness.
Christopher Nkunku has joined RB Leipzig from PSG in a €15 million (£14m/$17m) deal. Though, this game may have come too soon for him to be involved.
Here in this game, we may see more first-team players getting involved, with the likes of Timo Werner and Youssef Poulsen in contention to start.
RB Leipzig Probable XI: Mvogo, Orban, Sabitzer, Poulsen, Werner, Mukiele, Halstenberg, Laimer, Demme, Candido, Kampl
Galatasaray Team News:
Turkish champion Galatasaray will travel to Seefeld, Austria to kick-off their pre-season tour.
Fatih Terim summoned the following players for the upcoming camp:
Adem Buyuk, Ahmet Calik, Ali Yavuz Kol, Atalay Babacan, Batuhan Sen, Berk Balaban, Emre Tasdemir, Marcos Teixeira, Mariano Ferreira, Metehan Mertoz, Erencan Assistant, Gokay Guney, Ismail Cipe, James Ozornwafor, Jimmy Durmaz, Mirza Cihan, Mustafa Door, Selcuk Inan, Sener Ozbayrakli, Yunus Akgun, Yuto Nagatomo
Ryan Babel, Konstantinos Mitroglou, Ryan Donk, Martin Linnes and Omar Bayram will join the team abroad.
Younes Belhanda and Fernando Muslera have been given extended breaks following their involvement with the national squad.
In addition, Mbaye Diagne and Sofiane Feghouli are not available as well due to their participation in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final.
Galatasaray will play two friendly matches in the Austrian camp.
Galatasaray Probable XI (Very tentative): Ismail Cipe (GK), Yuto Nagatomo, Mariano, Ahmet, Marcao, Donk, Selcuk, Jimmy, Adem, Mitroglou, Babel
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