PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Naby Keita – Out to boss FC Zenit in Russia

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Naby Keita – Out to boss FC Zenit in Russia
RB Leipzig star Naby Keita

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Mar 16, 2018. 10:00

In their UEFA European competitions debut campaign, RB Leizig have done exceptionally well so far.

The German Bundesliga giants are set to face FC Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday in their quest to reach the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League.

Fresh from a goalless draw against VFB Stuttgart in their league encounter on Sunday, they will be banking on their 2-1 win heading to the Russian outfit.


Coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has declared his men ready for the encounter, saying they will play in front of a big crowd.

In the first round, the Guinea international midfielder played a crucial role in the heart of the park and provided an assist for the second goal netted by Timo Warner.

"We are all very excited for tomorrow night. I am sure we will experience a fantastic European atmosphere,” said the manager.

“With more than 50,000 of their fans behind them, Zenit will play with a lot more confidence than in the first leg. We can't allow ourselves to get pegged back, though - we also want to push forward."

However, the Rotten Bullen boss will once again call upon the Syli Nationale midfielder to push harder for another victory.

On the other a goalless draw will see Keita helping his teammates into their first entry into the Last Eight stages of the European club tournament.

Ahead of this encounter, Keita posted a video of himself enjoying time out in the gym showing his readiness for the match.

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