Before the DFB Cup final against Borussia Dortmund, Willi Orban from RB Leipzig speaks SPOX and goal about the differences to the final two years ago, various defensive approaches against Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski as well as Julian Nagelsmann’s move to FC Bayern Munich.
When RB Leipzig was in the DFB Cup final for the only time so far, the framework conditions for such a final were still worthy: Almost 74,000 spectators in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, Saturday evening after the end of the season. The culmination of the national soccer season. This time, Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund duel in front of empty ranks on a Thursday evening – five days after the direct duel in the Bundesliga, three days before the next league game.
“Because we only played Dortmund last weekend in the Bundesliga, the constellation is a bit different this time,” says Willi Orban. “When we first took part in the DFB Cup final two years ago, we were able to focus on it earlier, also because it took place after and not during the current Bundesliga season.”
So later focus – and because of the lack of fans, less tension! “For me, the tension before big games is definitely less if no fans are involved. Two years ago we saw the euphoria such a cup final can trigger on the days before and immediately before the game,” explains Orban. “When you drive through empty streets on the way to the stadium and warm up without fans in the background, I lack a certain energy.” Without fans, Orban only reached the final focus with the kick-off.
In the final two years ago, Orban was in Leipzig’s starting line-up and lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich because of a double by Robert Lewandowski. This time Orban will have to deal with the other outstanding Bundesliga striker: Erling Haaland, who will probably be fit in time after recovering from a thigh injury.
Orban on the differences between Haaland and Lewandowski
From next season Lewandowski will be trained in Munich by Julian Nagelsmann, who, according to his own information, fulfilled a lifelong dream with his move to FC Bayern. “We knew that could happen at some point,” says Orban. “I would have liked to work with Julian for another year, but now we will throw everything in to crown our time together with a cup win.”
The team was informed of the change on the morning of the day of the announcement – according to Orban without any emotional fluctuations on both sides: “We spoke briefly, but then trained as normal a little later. We knew that we would continue to work together and play important games together The emotionality will probably only come after the last game. “