We are RB Leipzig. On the pitch, we are dynamic, hungry for success and we love attacking football. But what about the people at our club? Our new series “Five questions for” will shine the light on those people to give our fans an insight into the lives of our players and staff.
To kick off, we spoke to head coach Jesse Marsch about our start to the season, the new signings and his life away from football.
What have you learnt from the first few games of the season?
At the end of the day, all that matters are the results, and, of course, everybody would rather win. However, for me as coach, it’s important to see development within the group and I’m happy with that. The lads give their all every day and are eager to improve a little bit each day. We are all having fun together. I’m obviously happy when we win games and I see the lads get their reward for hard work.
What things do you need to work on in order for more consistent performances?
We are working hard to get more clarity into our game. Our tactics both with and without the ball are still really important for us and we still train those a lot. For us coaches, it’s important to see how the lads adapt our ideas and implement them. We’re on the right track.
The more established players help the new signings to integrate into the group.
What are your thoughts on the new signings? What can we still expect from them?
I’ve been really impressed by all of them. We’ve gained some young players and it has to be said that as a youngster, it certainly isn’t easy to settle into new surroundings in a new country with a different language. The good vibes in our dressing room should help there. The more established players help the new signings to integrate into the club and the city. They want to show them that they’re an important part of our group right away.
Looking at the new signings individually: Joško Gvardiol has learnt a lot in his first few months at RB and is already doing a lot of things that I want him to. Mohamed Simakan looked really good in pre-season and has had a key role in the team since the start of the campaign. It’s important that Brian Brobbey stays fit and remains patient. I’m sure we’ll see him more often on the pitch in the coming weeks and months. Ilaix Moriba only just joined at the end of the transfer window, so he will need some time to settle in. He already showed his potential in the game against Śląsk Wrocław, and I was really pleased with his performance. André Silva is – like the other four – a great lad. He works hard every day and has a great attitude. He’s getting better all the time and will be great for us to watch here I’m sure.
I’m always impressed by the RB fans. The atmosphere at home games is fantastic – it really drives us on.
How have the RBL fans been since they returned to the Red Bull Arena?
I’m always impressed by the RB fans. Their support for the team but also for me is really amazing. For example, when I’m out in the city and I meet fans, they always say nice things to me and show me their support – which is a great feeling. I think you can see here in Leipzig how the locals get behind the club and the team. The atmosphere at home games is fantastic – it really drives us on.
How do you switch off from football? What do you do to clear your head?
I’m a real family man. My family is my biggest and most important hobby, if you can consider it as one. My wife and I used the international break to visit my son. He’s still living in Salzburg, and it was really, really great to see him.