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Leipzig reacts after 3 defeats: Marsch is no longer a coach

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LEIPZIG – American Jesse Marsch is no longer the coach of the Bundesliga team Leipzig.

The club said on Sunday that the two had “agreed to terminate their cooperation. It is the result of in-depth analysis and in-depth discussions” following Friday’s 1-2 loss to Union Berlin.

It was Leipzig’s third consecutive domestic loss and it took the middleweight Bundesliga side away from the Champions League spots they had been aiming for.

“We have a squad that is definitely among the top three or four players in the Bundesliga. That is also our goal,” said Leipzig President Oliver Mintzlaff after the defeat in Berlin.

Marsch was watching from afar. The 48-year-old has missed Leipzig’s last three matches due to the coronavirus infection. He is among a number of coaching staff and players affected by the COVID-19 outbreak at the club.

Marsch arrived from sister club Salzburg during the season to take over for Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann. Previously, he worked at Leipzig as an assistant to Ralf Rangnick between 2018-19.

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Leipzig has only 18 points from 14 Bundesliga games under Marsch. There were highlights including a 6-0 win over Hertha Berlin and a 5-0 win over Belgian club Brügge in the Champions League, but then came poor performances.

“The breakup with Jesse Marsch has not been easy for us because I value Jesse as a person and as a coach very much,” Mintzlaff said in a statement Sunday. “Unfortunately it did not go as expected in this constellation and this step has become necessary now because unfortunately the development has not been as desired and the results required for the goals of the season. Ours didn’t come true.”

Leipzig said Marsch is being “released immediately” and assistant coach Achim Beierlorzer will be in charge of the team for Tuesday’s game against Manchester City.

Leipzig have no chance of reaching the round of 16 of their European debut but hope to finish third at Brügge’s expense to qualify for the Europa League. Brügge played Paris Saint Germain in a match in the other group.

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Leipzig said a successor to Marsch would “soon be introduced”.

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