Max Eberl is the new strong man at RB Leipzig. The sports manager has already identified a construction site for the Saxons: the work with young people.
With Hugo Nuova, the only own talent that has made the leap to the professionals, is to be awarded. Other juniors from the mediocre U17 and U19 teams are not in sight. For this reason, new ideas for the youth academy are at the top of Eberl's agenda.
"In terms of history, the youth academy is a big topic for me, that's where I grew up, that's where I was able to earn my first merits, that's where I pay a lot of attention, because it's just an important part for a club and the general Society in Germany,” the 49-year-old explains to Bild and names two concrete approaches for improvement.
On the one hand, he wants to place value on position-specific training. "We've been talking for years that we're missing full-backs and nines, so I agree with my old employer. That's an important aspect," said Eberl. Most recently, RB had used both the full-back position and the attack at other clubs and mostly from abroad. Talents from your own stable: none.
On the other hand, the ex-Gladbach sports director is thinking about introducing a U23 at his new club or establishing a farm team. Sister club RB Salzburg serves as a role model. The Austrians have had good experiences working with FC Liefering for years.
It is planned to advance the development of the U19 talents in a U23 or with a potential cooperation partner and to enforce the RB game idea (pressing, fast switching) even more emphatically, as the picture writes. Coach Marco Rose also likes the idea very much.
This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as How Max Eberl wants to optimize RB Leipzig's youth work.