There are likely to be plenty more celebrations in Leipzig this season.
There are likely to be plenty more celebrations in Leipzig this season.

Young and hungry Leipzig aiming high after unbeaten start

RB Leipzig are the first promoted side since 1963 to remain unbeaten for their first six Bundesliga games. The last club to achieve the feat, 1. FC Köln, went on to win the league.

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While winning the Bundesliga may be a stretch too far – talented though this Leipzig unit may be – plenty are tipping Ralph Hasenhüttl's charges for big things in their debut top-flight campaign.

"I'm certain that Leipzig will finish the season in a single-digit position," said Dirk Schuster, coach of FC Augsburg, whom RB beat 2-1 on Matchday 6 to climb to fifth in the standings.

If Schuster is proved correct, then the Eastern upstarts could well be playing in Europe next season: Hertha Berlin reached the third qualifying round of this term's UEFA Europa League after a seventh-place finish last time out.

Whether or not continental qualification is achieved, a top-half finish would be a remarkable achievement for Leipzig, given that they boast a side that is on average the Bundesliga's youngest (24.3 years).

Plenty of that variation is down to Hasenhüttl's nous – the Austrian proved his tactical acumen by keeping FC Ingolstadt 04 up last season against the odds.

With more resources at his disposal this term, the 49-year-old coach is thriving, and the quality of Leipzig's bench against Augsburg underlined the club's strength in depth: captain Dominik Kaiser, Greece centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Scotland winger Oliver Burke and Germany Under-21 striker Davie Selke all had to make do with starting on the sidelines.