The coach of Hannover 96 has shown itself as a particularly fair loser. “Now I wish you that you get the trophy,” said Christoph Dabrowski after the 0: 4 (0: 2) against RB Leipzig to his colleague Domenico Tedesco. Alone: Apart from Dabrowski and the supporters of RB, a large majority of football fans in Germany do not wish that exactly that.
The Leipzig are the only Bundesliga top club in the semifinals of the DFB Cup. The unpleasant task of having to compete for a particularly dimensional second division against 25,000 euphoric spectators, on Wednesday evening, they did the Goals of Christopher Nkunku (17./22. Minute), Konrad Laimer (67.) and André Silva (73.) Convincing way. But exactly in the phase in which the Leipzig chance seems to be as large as the first title win of the club history as far as possible, the already pronounced rejection of many fans against the retort club has increased again.
In HDI Arena in Hannover, the Leipzig were insulted and insulted before and during the game. Trainer Tedesco reported after that followers of the 96er in the night before this quarter-final game had spread several firecrackers in front of the team hotel of the Saxony to disturb their sleep. “They were awake today at 1:00 at night and at 5:00 o’clock at night. We had a short night, slept badly – and then still made such a away game,” said Tedesco.
Fan protests against the “red bulls” has always existed. The fact that an entrepreneur takes a club with millions of investment in the Bundesliga Hievt and another traditional association there is supposedly the place, bothers bothers the TSG Hoffenheim and their patron Dietmar Hopp. But other things are added to the Leipzigern. Above all, that they are not only perceived as a prestige object of a billionaire, but as a means for the purpose of making the beverage brand Red Bull even more familiar.
The handling of the Russian attack on Ukraine and its consequences has further damaged the image of RB in recent days. First, the club did not want to boycott the Europa League duel with Spartak Moscow from its own pieces. When the European Association UEFA went off the two games and the Leipziger thereby killed in the next round, many asked: Why does not you donate the six-digit bonus of UEFA for the reach of the quarter-finals now for war victims?
RB Managing Director Oliver Mintzlaff reacted to the Hannover game like this: “This discussion pisses me totally. Everyone should first start with themselves. That’s too much symbolic policy,” he said in a Leipzig Team1 interview. “That we have a social responsibility and also perceive, there is no doubt. They who now demand that and donate that should first donate themselves.”
Kampl: RB Leipzig is now traded as a favorite
Depending on the point of view, MINTZLAFF is designed that now as an emotional defense of his club or as empathicity. And in the middle of this atmosphere tense in every way, the Leipzig Team now tries to win the DFB Cup after the two final defeats in 2019 and 2021 for the first time.
“We know that we are now traded as a favorite,” said midfielder Kevin Kampl after the Hanover game. “And we know how cool it is to drive to Berlin in the Olympic Stadium. If we come back, then we can not miss the chance to take the trophy home.”
This focusing pleases its coach. The fact that hardly anyone RB greed the title makes Tedesco cold. “You will always be uncontrovers, if you win,” he said. “When I became runner-up with Schalke, it hardly anyone has given us anyone except the Scholkers.”