The poker around the new sports director Max Eberl is faltering, in the DFB Cup, on the other hand, RB Leipzig, led by Timo Werner, easily made it into the second round.
As expected, the defending champion defeated the fourth division team Teutonia Ottensen 8-0 (4-0) on Tuesday. "We played fast, we played absolutely seriously. That's important," emphasized coach Domenico Tedesco on ZDF. Werner (19th minute/20th/43rd), André Silva (41st/53rd), Emil Forsberg (56th), Christopher Nkunku (77th) and Dani Olmo (90th) scored in front of 13,084 fans in the Leipzig stadium. ).
Eberl deal more concrete
But the dominant issue was once again Eberl's desired commitment. And it becomes more specific. RBL boss Oliver Mintzlaff confirmed on Tuesday that he had already approached Eberl's club Borussia Mönchengladbach. "Yes, we are interested in Max Eberl and yes, we have had initial talks. What is reported completely wrong, however, is that there is already an agreement and an entry date. Of course we informed Gladbach of our interest, nothing more and nothing less has happened so far," said the 47-year-old of "Bild".
Gladbach announced that the talks had so far been "unproductive". Eberl's contract is suspended, but the manager is tied to the traditional club from the Lower Rhine until 2026. "He would definitely be an asset to any club in the Bundesliga. If he were with us, all the better," said three-time goalscorer Werner about Eberl after winning the first cup game of the season.
If Eberl watched the game against Ottensen on TV, he mainly saw the second row in the Leipzig team. Tedesco made six changes to the starting XI since the first win of the season against Wolfsburg.
Tedesco: Werner on a "very good way"
That didn't inhibit the flow of the game, but Ottensen was simply too inferior. Silva's (8th) header against the post was still a warning, then Werner basically made the decision with a brace. That broke the initial euphoria, said Ottensen's coach David Bergner: "The result sounds very, very high."
National striker Werner prepared Silva's third goal before he scored the break himself. "He's on a very good path to getting in very good form," said Tedesco.
After the change, Silva raised, then Forsberg hit the heel – before Tedesco made four changes and switched from three to four backbones. Leipzig got bogged down a little too often in the beautiful game, substitute Nkunku scored after a long period without a real chance before Olmo was also successful. "You win 8-0 and don't really get compliments for it," said Werner. But the game can only help them.