Leipzig boss pleased with pre-season progress

18 July 2021 22:39:32 GMTPlus10

RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch says he is "very pleased" with his side's pre-season efforts after Dominik Szoboszlai made a long-awaited debut for the club.

Leipzig are 34.00 to win the Bundesliga title in Marsch's first season and they are 8.00 shots to finish top of the table without dominant defending champions Bayern Munich.

They finished second in the German top flight last season, 13 points behind Bayern, before coach Julian Nagelsmann left to take charge of the Bavarian giants.

Hungary star Szoboszlai joined Leipzig from RB Salzburg in January but was unable to make his debut due to a persistent groin injury that also ruled him out of international duty at Euro 2020.

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However, the 20-year-old finally appeared in Leipzig colours on Saturday when he played the first 45 minutes of a 1-0 friendly win over Dutch hosts AZ Alkmaar.

Szoboszlai has a familiar face in the Leipzig dugout as he played under Marsch at Salzburg, where the American coach won league and cup doubles in both 2019-20 and 2020-21.

The youngster claimed 26 goals and 35 assists in 83 appearances for Salzburg and scored the goal that clinched Hungary's place at Euro 2020 so he will be eager to make his mark for Leipzig this season.

Marsch was impressed with the intensity shown by his players in Saturday's friendly, saying: "We were very aggressive against the ball from the start, won good balls and then tried to transition quickly and play forward.

"We know that we're a superb team with a strong mentality. I'm very pleased with the first two weeks of pre-season, but we definitely have some work ahead of us!"

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