Under pressure Leipzig suffer significant injury blow that could impact Celtic doubleheader

By Dave Flanigan

September 4, 2022

Celtic’s Champions League Group F rivals RB Leipzig have been a fresh blow at the start of their season with the loss of key man Dani Olmo to injury, following yet another defeat in the league.

Last season’s Bundesliga runners-up have only managed one win in their opening five league matches, and will now be without Olmo for a tough looking run of fixtures that includes trips to Real Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach.

As reported by commentator and German football expert Derek Rae, the Spain international is set to miss at least a month with a ligament injury sustained in yesterday’s 4-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Leipzig manager Domenico Tedesco spoke on the club’s official website after yesterday’s loss, insisting that the Champions League cannot be a distraction with his team in such poor form.

He said: “The loss was deserved. We didn’t get the basics right and weren’t aggressive at all. We wanted to secure possession after our pressing but lost it very quickly. We used three different systems today and it wasn’t effective.

“You can only enjoy the Champions League when things are going well in the league. So at the moment it’s difficult because we’re all very disappointed with the result.”

It’s a further blow to Leipzig who already have Lukas Klostermann out long-term with a ruptured ligament, as they look to arrest their slide ahead of October’s Champions League double header against the Scottish champions.

Celtic by comparison are in glittering form, having won all seven of their competitive games so far this season, culminating in yesterday’s 4-0 Glasgow derby battering of rivals Rangers.

Ange Postecoglou’s side travel to Leipzig on October 5th, following Tueday’s opener at home to Real Madrid, and a trip to Poland to face Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw on September 14th.

The Hoops welcome the Bundesliga side for the return leg on October 11th, a further home tie to Shakhtar on the 25th, and a glamour closer at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real on November 2nd to end their group stage campaign.

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