Julian Nagelsmann has given his approval to RB Leipzig’s choice of Jesse Marsch as his successor and future Bundesliga rival.
American coach Marsch will arrive from Salzburg, close affiliates of the German side, at the end of the season to take over from Bayern Munich-bound Nagelsmann.
The 47-year-old has spent two years as Salzburg boss and previously worked as an assistant coach with Leipzig so knows the club well.
Marsch was also head coach of New York Red Bulls from 2015 to 2018, and Nagelsmann sees him as an easy fit at Leipzig.
“I’m very happy that RB Leipzig have been able to quickly find a successor in Jesse Marsch,” Nagelsmann said. “It was important to me that the club find a good coach and that they wouldn’t have to deal with too much uncertainty following the news of my departure.
“Jesse Marsch is a very emotional coach and has a good connection to his players. I will definitely look to speak with him at the end of the season. I wish him all the best here and that he continues the club’s success.”
Nagelsmann will perhaps be mindful of being too helpful as the coaches cross and he leaves for Bayern as Marsch arrives at Leipzig, given they have been Germany’s top two sides this season.
Bayern look like scooping the Bundesliga title for a ninth consecutive year. With 71 points from 31 games, they head Leipzig by seven points with three rounds of games remaining.
However, Leipzig are very much in the hunt for cup glory as they head into Friday’s DFB-Pokal semi-final against Werder Bremen.
“We don’t need any extra motivation for Friday evening. The cup is motivation enough. The team will give everything to fulfil expectations. The lads are fully motivated.”
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) April 29, 2021
The winner of that tie will face either Borussia Dortmund or Holstein Kiel, the second-tier team that knocked out Bayern in the early stages of the tournament.
“Of course, it would be nice to end my time here by winning the DFB-Pokal,” Nagelsmann said on Thursday.
“The pressure is there, but that’s normal. If you’ve reached the semi-finals with your team, then it’s obvious that you want to advance to the final and win there.”
Quoted on Leipzig’s official website, Nagelsmann said: “There’s nothing worse than losing a final. If we have the chance to win the trophy, then we’ll do everything possible to make that happen.
“We don’t need any extra motivation for Friday night. The cup is motivation enough. The team will give it everything they have to meet the expectations. They are highly motivated.
“I still have a good relationship with the team and spoke to the lads. All the outside noise won’t affect them. All of my players want to continue improving.
“Our goal is to make it to [the final in] Berlin. We also want to break the 67-point mark in the Bundesliga, in order to set a new [club] record this season.”
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