Leipzig sack coach Tedesco after Champions League loss

Leipzig sack coach Tedesco after Champions League loss

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) – Leipzig fired coach Domenico Tedesco hours after Wednesday’s 4-1 home loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Tedesco led Leipzig to the first major title in their 13-year history – the German Cup last season – but a poor start to the Bundesliga season included a 4-0 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

“For this, Domenico and his coaching staff deserve our thanks,” Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzloff said of the German Cup win. “However, after our mediocre start to the Bundesliga season with five points from five games and recent defeats to Inter and Shakhtar, we believe that a change of management is the right course of action to turn things around quickly. ”

Leipzig’s next schedule includes hosting Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday and a trip to defending champions Real Madrid in the Champions League next Wednesday.

Shakhtar came to Leipzig with a weakened side after losing many of their foreign players following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the team scored four of their five shots.

Tedesco was hired by Leipzig nine months ago and previously coached Russian club Spartak Moscow for two years.

Leipzig did not immediately name an interim coach.

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