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RB Leipzig Thrash SC Freiburg 4-0

Monday 17th April 2017
This has been an intriguing Bundesliga season, to say the least. Newly promoted side RB Leipzig dominated the early season. Around the holidays, Bayern Munich reclaimed their customary place. The Rekordmeister's resurgence hasn't dampened Leipzig's hopes by any means.

R(ed) B(ull) Leipzig's story is interesting from any perspective. Like or hate die Roten Bullen, their rise will always be a talking point in football. Since being taken over by the energy drink start-up, the working-class club from the erstwhile East German city have worked back to back promotions.

This weekend saw Leipzig take on SC Freiburg. The so-called Brazilians of Bresgau are competing for European football themselves. Freiburg had won their last two games, against Mainz '05 and Wolfsburg. Six points with two clean sheets suggested Freiburg were ready for this game. They weren't.

Leipzig displayed a 4-2-2-2 formation while Freiburg opted for their standard 4-4-2. Die Bullen's first goal came on 36 minutes from Danish forward Yussuf Poulsen. A free kick by Emil Forsberg found the Dane's head, then looped into the far post.
Just 6 minutes later, Timo Werner, Leipzig's leading scorer, notched his sixteenth. Yussuf Poulsen played another key role, delivering the through ball to Werner, who used his pace to break through on goal and put Leipzig up 2-0.

Not long into the second half, Leipzig made it 3-0. A lovely bit of midfield play: a couple one-twos, recovery from a blocked pass, and Naby Keita placed the ball in the top right corner.

Leipzig were well into rhythm and Freiburg knew the game was over. But Leipzig weren't done just yet. In the final minutes, Forsberg played a wide ball to Dominik Kaiser, on the right. Kaiser's cross found Werner on the far post. Werner headed across goal for Diego Demme. He embraced a brave header to make it 4-0.

Leipzig are now on four consecutive wins. They've only conceded two goals in those matches while scoring twelve. Die Bullen are comfortably spaced, eight points behind Bayern but seven ahead of third-placed Hoffenheim. Not bad for a newly promoted side.
Freiburg remain sixth but are still hopeful for a European spot for next season. They know Leipzig were a difficult test and will be looking forward. Bayer Leverkusen, in eleventh, will be travelling to Freiburg. It could be a positive fixture for Freiburg. Leverkusen has only won one game in their last five.

Leipzig's next fixture is Schalke '04 away. The Royal Blues are currently tenth. Leipzig will not want to miss any chances if they want to finish at their best for the season. Finishing strong speaks to their future. With Bayern Munich in perennial contention for the Bundesliga title, what is in store for RB Leipzig next season? Can they become the new German powerhouse club or will they suffer from second season syndrome?
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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