New RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhüttl has his sights set on domestic silverware and Champions League football. - © gettyimages / Alex Grimm/Bongarts
New RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhüttl has his sights set on domestic silverware and Champions League football. - © gettyimages / Alex Grimm/Bongarts
Bundesliga

New Leipzig coach Hasenhüttl: 'The potential here is huge'

After guiding FC Ingolstadt 04 to safety in their maiden Bundesliga campaign, Ralph Hasenhüttl is already plotting his next big move at the helm of ambitious promoted package RasenBallsport Leipzig.

'I want to be playing for titles'

What the 48-year-old accomplished at the Audi-Sportpark was nothing short of extraordinary, but he now believes he has the means to achieve even greater things at his new outpost in the Free State of Saxony.

"At some point or other, every coach wants to take the next step," Hasenhüttl told Germany's leading sports specialist publication, kicker, having last month signed a three-year contract with Leipzig. "One day I want to be playing for titles and even compete in the Champions League. Not many teams in Germany have the chance to challenge at the top and perhaps win the Cup. The potential here is huge."

A quick glance at Leipzig's rapid ascent of the German football ladder underlines Hasenhüttl's optimism. Founded in 2009 with the stated aim of reaching the Bundesliga within eight years, RB realised their lofty objective in just seven. Top-flight permanence is now the minimum requirement for a club that has got the whole of Germany talking.

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