Leipzig dominated their Bundesliga meeting away to Mainz on Saturday but relied on a late equaliser from Nkunku to salvage a point. The result saw both clubs move onto 12 points and earned Mainz only their second point in four games.
Not that the result will concern Leipzig. They made seven changes from the team that faced Celtic on Wednesday, although one of them was keeper Gulacsi, who was injured in the Champions League clash. It is probably clear to Marco Rose that his side will finish well short of the European spots this season and despite an awful start to the campaign, they are comfortably out of relegation danger.
This put an undue focus on prospects in cup football, which this week means there is nothing more important to Leipzig than their trip to Glasgow.
Competitive wins against German opposition have been rare: just 4 in 25 outings. The most recent, a 2-1 over Leipzig in 2018 that was enough to see us finish above them in our Europa League group. Both sides will know, a better Leipzig team than the one travelling today lost at Celtic Park, and elsewhere in Glasgow, recently.