RB Leipzig against Club Brugge. Head to head. The two-time Belgian champions are currently Leaders of the Jupiler Pro League and caused a shock with a 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain on matchday 1 of the UCL.
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Gulácsi vs. Mignolet
The Red Bulls’ keeper Péter Gulácsi has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga in recent years. No other goalkeeper kept as many clean sheets last season as the Hungary international, who has played in two EUROs, most recently this year. With the advent of the new season, he has also taken the captain’s armband for RBL.
In comparison, Simon Mignolet brings somewhat more experience to the table. The 33-year-old Belgian won the 2019 Champions League title with Liverpool and is one of the best goalkeepers in Belgium. He also reached the UCL final in the 2017/18 season, and has been part of the Belgian national team in three of the last four major championships.
Orban vs. Mechele
Willi Orban has worn the Leipzig shirt for as long as his Hungarian compatriot Gulácsi, since the summer of 2015 Just like his goalkeeper, the 28-year-old has come through the ranks and developed into one of the best players in his position in the Bundesliga. He also donned the Hungary shirt in EURO 2020 this past summer.
On the other side, Brandon Mechele was not selected for Belgium’s national side for the last EUROs, but is often selected for the Red Devils. The same age as Orban at 28, the central defender is almost a representation of Brugge’s success, winning four league titles with the club since 2016. He has worn the black and blue shirt of Brugge almost consistently for over 20 years, since 1999.
Nkunku vs. Vanaken
Christopher Nkunku wrote his name into the history books in the Champions League opener two weeks ago in Manchester, scoring a hat trick in the 6-3 loss against City. The 23-year-old attacker performed similarly on Saturday in the Bundesliga, scoring two, setting up one and winning a penalty in a 6-0 home win against Hertha BSC.
Hans Vanaken, the head of Brugge’s attack, also made an impression in the first game of their UCL campaign, the 29-year-old captain scoring the equaliser in their 1-1 draw against PSG. Willi Orban and his defensive teammates will need to be careful with the Belgium international – at over 6ft4, he loves to play on the front foot.
Silva vs. De Ketelaere
André Silva is awaiting his 10th game in Europe’s top club competition, and his second since 2017. The 25-year-old Portugal international enjoys scoring in the UCL, scoring four times in nine appearances in the competition. After making his debut in the competition for FC Porto, he has averaged a goal every two games.
Charles de Ketelaere is a very different type of player compared to Silva and is more at home just in front of the midfield line. The 20-year-old has spent most of his time for Club Brugge up front, though, and has already scored four goals so far this season. His impressive performances last season saw him called up to the Belgian national team for the first time last November.
Marsch vs. Clement
“We played very well in the second half,“ said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch after the game against Manchester City. “We need to take on a lot of things said in that half time break, and then we will also have to stay strong now.” They then drew the following game away at a strong 1. FC Köln, before getting back to winning ways at home to Hertha. The 47-year-old’s style of play is coming through slowly but surely in Leipzig, and the fans will now be able to look forward to more of the crazy games which took place last time out in both the UCL and Bundesliga.
Our visitors on Tuesday evening are coached by Philippe Clement, who played in the black and blue of Brugge in his career. He returned to the club as head coach, following spells at Waasland-Beveren and KRC Genk. Since his comeback, Brugge, the historical second-best club in Belgium, have cemented their place as the new number ones.