Domenico Tedesco sacked as RB Leipzig head coach after embarassing 4 – 1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League

RB Leipzig have sacked manager Domenico Tedesco after they were thrashed by Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League opener.

The Bundesliga club were defeated 4-1 at home turf on Tuesday night, September 6.

The club have been able to win just one of their opening five Bundesliga games this season, suffering defeats on the road to Union Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt.


The Italian coach, 36, had been in charge since December last year, guiding Leipzig to success in last season’s German Cup and the semi-finals of the Europa League, where they lost to Rangers.

Tuesday’s embarrassing start to their European campaign against Ukrainian opposition led sacking of Tedesco, as well as his assistants Andreas Hinkel and Max Urwantschky.

Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said: ‘The decision to release Domenico Tedesco was very difficult for us.

‘We played a successful second half of the season with Domenico last season and qualified for the Champions League.

‘In addition, we won our first major title with the DFB Cup and thus played the most successful season in our young club history.

‘We owe him and his coaching team a big thank you for that. Domenico is an excellent coach who will certainly continue to be successful.

‘However, after a moderate start to the Bundesliga season, with five points from five games, especially after the most recent games at Eintracht Frankfurt and at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, we lacked the conviction that an immediate turnaround could take place with the current set-up.

‘We have overall responsibility for RB Leipzig and want to achieve our goals.

‘Therefore, in the overall assessment, we came to the conclusion that we need a new impetus.

‘We regret that we are now parting ways and would like to expressly thank Domenico Tedesco and his team for the work they have done.

‘We wish Domenico all the best for his sporting and private future.’

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