Tedesco tasked with reviving Leipzig's fortunes

Domenico Tedesco has been named RB Leipzig head coach tasked with reviving their season with them lying in 11th spot in the table and failing to reach the Champions League knockout stages

Domenico Tedesco has been named RB Leipzig head coach tasked with reviving their season with them lying in 11th spot in the table and failing to reach the Champions League knockout stages Creator: Paul ELLIS

Domenico Tedesco has been tasked with reviving RB Leipzig's season after being named full-time head coach on Thursday on a two-year contract.

The 36-year-old Italy-born coach fills the vacancy left when American Jesse Marsch was sacked by the Bundesliga club on Sunday after just four months in charge.

Tedesco, who has dual Italian and German nationality, will take his place in the dugout for Saturday's game with Borussia Moenchengladbach bidding to end a run of three successive league defeats.

"Two days is not much, but still you can do a little bit," Tedesco said in Thursday's press conference.

"We don't have that much time to discuss things on the pitch.

"It's about getting things to work right away."

Leipzig have finished in the top three in Germany in the past three seasons but presently sit 11th in the table and trail leaders Bayern Munich by 16 points.

They have struggled this season largely due to the departure to Bayern of Marsch's predecessor Julian Nagelsmann. Key players Marcel Sabitzer and defender Dayot Upamecano followed him to Bayern. 

"We want to make up a lot of ground in the league. And do well in the German Cup," said Tedesco who dodged a question about whether it is his goal to win the Europa League.

The Leipzig board will be hoping Tedesco has the same impact as he had on Schalke in his first season in charge.

Tedesco steered Schalke to second in the Bundesliga at the end of the 2017/18 season, but was sacked in 2019 following a downturn in their form.

He has spent the last two seasons coaching Spartak Moscow.

On Tuesday under caretaker coach Achim Beierlorzer, Leipzig pulled off a 2-1 home win over 10-man Manchester City in the final round of Champions League group-stage matches.

That victory ensured third spot in the group and a place in the Europa League knockout stages.

Beierlorzer, though, has been let go as Tedesco has brought in his own backroom team.

"Assistant coach Achim Beierlorzer is no longer part of the coaching team," read the club's statement.

"RB Leipzig would like to thank Achim Beierlorzer for his hard work over the last five months, as well as for his readiness to step in as interim coach."

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