Leipzig get Marco Rose bounce as Real Madrid rack up the goals; Celtic UCL opponent round-up

By John McGinley

September 11, 2022

RB Leipzig got the reaction they were looking for after the exit of Domenico Tedesco, with Marco Rose’s arrival helping to land them a big 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund this weekend.

Willi Orban, Dominik Szoboszlai and Amadou Haidara were all on the target for Leipzig as they overcame their run of poor form that resulted in a heavy defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk mid-week.

Obviously, it remains to be seen whether this is a sustained comeback from the problems they’ve been suffering, but it’s fair to say they’re likely to be a stronger test for Celtic with Rose in charge than had the previous situation extended into October.

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Elsewhere in the group, Real Madrid continued their dominant early season form with another victory by a three-goal margin – winning 4-1 at home to Mallorca in La Liga.

Federico Valverde, Vini Jr, Rodrygo and Antonio Rudiger all scored in the second half to overcome a shock first-half opener for the away side.

Given they have already beaten us at home, we’re really wanting Madrid to rack up the points in Group F against Leipzig and Shakhtar, so it’s positive they’re showing little sign of slowing down heading into the upcoming midweek.

As we discussed earlier, our opponents on Wednesday – Shakhtar Donetsk – also won in the league this weekend although left it late against Chornomorets Odesa with a 96th-minute winner from Olek Ocheretko securing the three points.

Celtic, of course, have had an unexpected rest this weekend due to Scottish Premiership postponements. Ange Postecoglou will be hoping to capitalise on this as much as possible with extra training work, and hopefully it ends up looking like a benefit in Warsaw.

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