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Record and third place?  Leipzig “does not want to give up”

Record and third place? Leipzig “does not want to give up”

RB Leipzig put a clear exclamation point on their latest Bundesliga surge against Borussia Dortmund in the race for the Champions League with a 4-1 (2-1) win at their own stadium. A fourth win in a row, eight games unbeaten, even 33 games unbeaten at home: can we even look up?

The Champions League is almost here

RB moved five points clear of fifth place. And even that might be enough for the first chapter. Another win could be enough for a safer fourth place if BVB drop points again. Qualifying for the competition is the most important goal every year, and it has almost been achieved.

What else is possible? “I don't understand why we're always looking in the rearview mirror. We don't need that at all. Let's look forward, attack, put Stuttgart under pressure and maybe move up a position,” said sporting director Ruven Schroder after the win over Dortmund.

Third place is still realistically possible for RB

Stuttgart occupies third place, just two points away, after a draw with Bayer Leverkusen, and can be surpassed in the next round. With a seven-point lead, Bayern Munich is no longer unassailable.

By Marco Rose's personal calculations, it would be better if he scores the most points in the club's history in his second season. Ralph Hasenhuttl holds the record of 67 points, three times 66 under Julian Nagelsmann, Ralf Rangnick and Marco Rose.

Rose could set a record for points

“There are still some nice things to come,” Rose said of potential new targets. “We always want to be as successful as possible. We want to win games, and the next one is in Hoffenheim. But they still want to make up for something and also fight for Europe. We want to stay in the flow and be confident. Don't give up.”