Especially in the first round, RB Leipzig delivered a courageous performance at the Bernabeu and could have taken the lead with a little more effectiveness. In the end, it was once again the rip-off and individual strength of the royal team that led to a 2-0 home win for the reigning Champions League winners. This is how the press reacted to the duel:
Sport1: "Real wins late against RB Leipzig" - "RB Leipzig loses in the Champions League at Real Madrid. Coach Marco Rose's team remains pointless" - "The first half was completely in the hands of Leipzig. The Rose team started the game boldly and set pinpricks early on" - "Ancelotti's team seemed sluggish and hardly played in the first half"
kicker: "Valverde and Asensio brilliant: Two strokes of genius are enough for Real against Leipzig" - "Real went into the duel with the reigning German cup winners with a lot of self-confidence - every competitive game this season has gone to the Madrilenians. But there was nothing of this strong form at first to see, Leipzig got off to a better start" - "Real still didn't find any solutions, didn't pose any problems for Leipzig" - "Real's individual quality strikes"
Image: "In the end, Real strikes ice cold: Leipzig shocked late" - "Bitter! Rose conceded his first defeat as Leipzig coach against the undefeated defending champion" - "Nkunku alone missed the lead three times by a hair" - "The shaky defense stabilized Rose with aggressive pressing. The Klopp buddy lets the classic RB system play again with lightning-fast switching."
Sky: "Later double strike! Leipzig loses unluckily at Real" - "RB unlucky: Unnecessary defeat at Real Madrid" - "Despite a courageous performance, Leipzig missed a possible surprise success against the star ensemble of Real Madrid" - "Those under the new The turnaround initiated by coach Marco Rose was nevertheless confirmed by Leipzig"
MDR: "RB Leipzig loses courageous performance at Real Madrid" - "RB Leipzig missed the big surprise at Real Madrid. The Leipzigers had their own great chances with the defending champion, but ended up losing the pitch. The decision for Real came late." - "Leipzig lost a convincing fight in the Champions League to defending champions Real Madrid"
El País: "Valverde wakes up Real Madrid" - "The Uruguayan scored again, like on Sunday in La Liga, and decided a game in which his team had no pulse given the speed of Leipzig" - "The game had hardly woken up , Vinicius misplayed Tchoaumeni, who came up to Forsberg. The Swede naturally accelerated and put the ball through to the even faster Nkunku, who was alone in front of Courtois, who in turn saved from the edge of the box. This was repeated, with some variations, in amazingly persistent. The Leipzig arrows cut through the Madrid lines as if they were cutting through a block of jelly."
Mundo Deportivo: 'Real Madrid struggled against RB Leipzig' - 'The Leipzig opponent made it very difficult for a poor Real Madrid, who only scored in the 80th minute' - 'What [the fans] saw was that Worst game Ancelotti's team has played over 80 minutes this season" - "Leipzig overran Los Blancos, especially in a first half where Real Madrid failed to achieve anything"
Marca: 'Madrid is hanging on to Valverde' - 'The Uruguayan ends a very difficult game with a magnificent goal that keeps the champions unbeaten against a strong Leipzig side' - 'Thibaut Courtois, delaying the champions for more than an hour, was, as almost always, indispensable" - "Werner, on the other hand, was a nightmare when he dropped on the left flank between the central and full-back"
This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as "Leipzig arrows through Madrid lines": Press comments on RBL defeat against Real.