There’s a big Leipzig secret Rangers need to beware

There’s a big Leipzig secret Rangers need to beware
LEIPZIG, GERMANY - APRIL 23: Players of Leipzig reacts after the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and 1. FC Union Berlin at Red Bull Arena on April 23, 2022 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

There’s something a lot of us don’t realise about Leipzig, and we’ve not seen it mentioned in the press much if at all.

The Germans, of course, host the Famous tonight in the first leg of our titanic Europa League semi, but there’s a small titbit of info a lot of fans have overlooked regarding the Bundesliga high-flyers:

They avoided a round in this tournament entirely.

Leipzig of course parachuted down into the UEL after finishing third in their CL group, and faced Sociedad in the playoff round of the UEL.

But in the last 16, they were scheduled to play Spartak Moscow, who, of course, were dumped out by UEFA for being Russian.

This meant Leipzig got a unique walkover, meaning they’ve played one significant round less than everyone else, including Rangers, and the implications mean they’re technically a little fresher.

Rangers naturally had to complete 120 minutes v Braga then again against Celtic, so if one of these sides is slightly less fresh, it’s us.

Not that this matters, Rangers have shown such grit and determination the past few weeks to overcome adversity, but it’s worth noting just how much more football Rangers have played in the past few weeks/months.

Especially football at this level.

Will it count?

We won’t know till full time tonight.

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