Over the years, RB Leipzig have become known for having a bunch of talented players. Majority of them are in their younger years and will only get better. But one of their most underrated players happens to be Marcel Sabitzer- the man who has been crucial to their Champions League performances this season according to www.bettingsites24.in in their most recent report.
A lot of times, the attention on the likes of Timo Werner and Dayot Upamecano does take credit away from others. Christopher Nkunku has received some deserved praise this season- like Patrik Schick. But Sabitzer is one player who always escapes the limelight despite playing very well consistently.
The Champions League is a prime example of it. And it isn’t just because of how the Austrian was crucial to helping the East German side knock Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham out. In total, the 26-year-old has contributed to six goals in seven outings and if not for him, Leipzig might not have come so far – and if the competition restarts 1xbet India thinks they could go further.
A lot of credit has to go to Julian Nagelsmann too. The Leipzig boss has been using Sabitzer more as a creative central midfielder than the right-winger that he was last season.
In the 3-0 win over Spurs, Sabitzer was the central midfielder in a 3-4-3 shape. Nagelsmann system is dynamic and free movement of players on and off the ball. Sabitzer is key to that because of his positional versatility and dynamism.
But the campaign had started with Nagelsmann figuring out the right shape for the team. Against Lyon in the first game of the Champions League, Sabitzer had started on the right of a 4-4-2 and was crucial to the 2-1 win, as he grabbed an assist for Werner’s late goal.
Over time, Nagelsmann has made the team his own. The players are flexible positionally and many can play a variety of positions. Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg are examples. Sabitzer though has shown those traits very well.
Against Zenit at home, Sabitzer was one of the best players on the pitch. Starting on the right once again, he got a goal and an assist in a vital 2-1 win over the Bundesliga side. Against Zenit away from home, he got another goal while playing on the right in a 4-2-3-1.
Against Spurs in North London, Sabitzer was the second midfielder in a double-pivot 3-4-3. Nkunku had a free-role down the right, but Sabitzer was key to helping Konrad Laimer out defensively and making constant runs into the Spurs defence.
It wasn’t the best game for him, but his transition play from midfield was crucial to a 1-0 win. As much as the second-leg at home brought Sabitzer into a bigger spotlight, his Bundesliga performances from midfield have been impressive.
The league campaign has seen him contribute to 13 goals in 25 appearances. He averages a goals minus penalties plus assists per 90 minutes tally of 0.57. It shows how creative and vital he has been to the team. He has created 3.78 shot creation actions per 90 minutes and that is the 15th best tally in the Bundesliga and the second-highest for Leipzig behind Nkunku.
But Sabitzer is fourth in the league for creating the highest shot-creation actions from live-balls. His tally stands at 73, behind Kai Havertz, Jadon Sancho and Thomas Muller. This speaks volumes for how good a player he is.
The fact that he was vital in three decisive Champions League games shows that he indeed turns up in big games for the club. As much as Nagelsmann’s system has brought the best out of him and his abilities, there is every chance he gets a bigger move soon.