RBL head coach Jesse Marsch has tested positive for Covid-19, as was revealed by tests in the build-up to the Champions League game against Club Brugge. Marsch, who is fully vaccinated, was separated from the team as soon as the positive test result was known, has begun his isolation at home, and will not travel to Belgium.
Péter Gulácsi also tested positive on a lateral flow test, the result of which was confirmed by a subsequent PCR test. Our captain will also remain in Leipzig.
In addition, assistant coach Marco Kurth will also not travel to Brugge. Marco has had a positive Corona case in his immediate family, and as a close contact of the infected person has also been separated from the squad as a precaution. Kurth has not tested positive himself.
Jesse Marsch and Péter Gulácsi’s positive tests come despite all first-team players and staff being either fully vaccinated or recovered, thus complying with the 2G rule. In addition to this, RB Leipzig have followed the 2G-plus rule (fully vaccinated or recovered, and proof of a negative test) for some time in regard to contact with the first team, and will soon begin carrying out booster vaccinations.
Assistant coach Achim Beierlorzer will lead the team in place of Jesse Marsch for the pivotal Champions League game away at Club Brugge (November 24th, 21:00 CET), and will also hold a press conference before the game this afternoon (16:00 CET). Marco Kurth’s duties will be taken over by head of video analysis Fabian Friedrich and goalkeeping coach Frederik Gößling.