Both the dugouts of Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig experienced a reshuffle in the summer, but their respective fortunes have been poles apart so far. Julian Nagelsmann, who left Saxony for Bavaria, has made an unbeaten start to the Bundesliga, while Jesse Marsch has already endured two defeats.
The early signs are positive for German’s esteemed, precocious tactician Nagelsmann in the Allianz Arena hotseat, already winning his first Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund, sealing the German Super Cup in the process (his first piece of silverware), and making an unbeaten start in the league.
A fired up Borussia Monchengladbach spoiled Nagelsmann’s opening ceremony as Bayern boss by collecting a curtain-raising 1-1 draw, but the German champions have reverted to type in the following matches, beating Cologne 3-2 and thrashing capital club Hertha Berlin 5-0.
For Leipzig, American coach Marsch has endured a tentative start, so far losing games to Wolfsburg and Mainz, the latter a particularly concerning result, but somewhat papering over the cracks with a 4-0 rout against Stuttgart. A win here against his predecessor would seriously boost his reputation.
RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich: Match Stats
RB Leipzig have won only one of their 10 Bundesliga games against Bayern and are also currently winless in six games, which dates back to a 2-1 home win in March 2018. More concerningly for Marsch is that his side have already fired two blanks this season, so will seriously need to find an attacking impetus if they are to breach Bayern’s well-drilled defence.
Of course, Nagelsmann has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal to inflict serious damage on their fellow title aspirants. In Robert Lewandowski, who is fresh from having turned provider with a scintillating cross to seal a 1-1 draw for Poland against England, Nagelsmann has football’s most potent weapon. The prolific Pole has scored in his last 13 Bundesliga games in a row, setting a new personal best.
The only Leipzig manager to seal victory over Bayern Munich has been Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Austrian coach oversaw that aforementioned 2-1 win at home in 2018, in which Naby Keita and Timo Werner scored the goals on the day to seal a historic triumph. Also playing for Leipzig that day were Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer, who both now turn out for Bayern.