Bundesliga: Leipzig revival passes ultimate test at leader Bayern | Soccer News
Life after Nagelsmann left for Bayern at the end of the season was difficult for Leipzig.
After finishing in the top three in each of the previous three campaigns, they struggled to get going this time around, before Tedesco arrived to steady the ship.
Leipzig have lost just once since the Italian took charge in early December, winning each of the last three league matches to once again edge closer to Champions League qualification places.
However, Nagelsmann will be close to countering this run against the team he helped build.
The current Bayern boss revealed in an interview this week that he was so obsessed with the game that he had developed strange sleeping habits.
“Sometimes when I sleep after a game, I shout my players’ names,” he told Bayern magazine ’51’.
“My wife told me that once. Sometimes it wakes her up at night.”
Nagelsmann’s new side haven’t given him too many reasons to stay up at night as they close in on a 10th consecutive Bundesliga title this season.
They have scored four times in each of their last two Bundesliga matches, winning 4-0 at Cologne and 4-1 at Hertha Berlin, to maintain their six-point advantage over top-flight Borussia Dortmund.
The weekend’s other blockbuster clash sees a Borussia Dortmund side, who have found their scoring touch in recent weeks, host third-placed Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
German media report striker Erling Haaland, who scored for free, will miss the game through injury, giving Leverkusen increased hope of securing victory at the Westfalenstadion to close the gap with Dortmund to five points. .
The Norwegian has scored 80 goals in 79 competitive appearances for Dortmund, including 16 in 14 Bundesliga appearances this season. This gives him the best minutes-to-goal ratio in the division, with a goal looted every 72 minutes.
A 5-1 win over Augsburg in their last game suggests Leverkusen have kicked into high gear, with Moussa Diaby scoring their first Bundesliga hat-trick, as Bayer set a new club record of 49 goals after the first 20 games. a championship season.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga this weekend, fourth-placed Union Berlin aim to continue defying the odds in Augsburg, while struggling VfL Wolfsburg seek to end an 11-game winless streak in all competitions and then welcomes full-back Greuther Fuerth.