With significant expectation placed upon RB Leipzig on matchday seven, they would fail to walk away with all three points at home to struggling Bochum. Two penalties, a total of 17 shots and 77% possession was not enough for Die Roten Bullen to find the back of the net as they were left frustrated by Thomas Letsch’s side on Saturday afternoon.
Nevertheless, while this was still a massively missed opportunity for Leipzig, they remain just five points behind Bayer Leverkusen – meaning that they are not out of the title picture just yet. This is a belief that is also reverberating around the Leipzig camp as Kevin Kampl would explain after the game:
“The result doesn’t set us back. We don’t have to badmouth anything, we’re really close to each other and we’re in a great mood. The boys are all motivated. And that’s how it has to be. Of course, we would have liked to win the game. We were in a situation that wasn’t entirely easy with a few injuries and a lot of games. We have done well up to this point, both in terms of performances and results, if we exclude the City game.”
With such a congested fixture list to start the season, dropping points is not completely unexpected. However, it will undoubtedly hurt Marco Rose’s side knowing that this was a game that they should be winning if they want to dethrone Bayern Munich come May.
Nevertheless, while the international break will not necessarily offer a rest bite for Leipzig, it will at least give them a break from the demanding nature of domestic football before they resume their league campaign away to Darmstadt on matchday eight where a response will be required.
GGFN | Will Shopland