Three years in the Big Apple was followed by a season under the stewardship of Ralf Rangnik at RB Leipzig. A successful year, where Leipzig finished 3rd in the Bundesliga and made it to the German Cup final, gave him the opportunity to manage in Europe for the first time, leaving for sister team, RB Salzburg.
Marsch’s philosophy is heavily inspired by the Red Bull footballing way, about playing faster than the opponent and thinking faster than the opponent. His tactics follow this fast-paced nature, with Marsch liking to press, especially using the gegenpress tactic seen most famously by Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
The 48-year-old’s prefered formation set-up, again synonymous with the Red Bull way, is a 4-2-2-2. The two wide midfielders in this formation tuck inside when on the attack, creating a narrow band when trying to create chances. This contrasts Bielsa’s overload style, where he would use the wingers and fullbacks to overlap on the wings to then cut back to the inside to the main attacking threats, such as Patrick Bamford.
Marsch, unlike the stubborn Bielsa, is willing to change his formation as long as the principles of speed, pressing and verticality are maintained. The stubbornness with Bielsa was most noticeable with his man-marking system, where even against the big boys, Leeds would mark man to man.
This downfall was evident in Bielsa’s final game, against Tottenham Hotspur where Harry Kane dragged Robin Koch from his position at centre-back to collect the ball and play a through ball to Son, allowing the South Korean to score Spurs 4th and final goal.
The Wisconsin-born coaches’ success with this style was evident to see in his time in Austria, where Marsch led RB Salzburg to back-to-back league and cup doubles and two consecutive Champions League group stage campaigns.
His most infamous performance from an English point of view was when he brought his side to Merseyside, narrowly losing 4-3 to Liverpool in a thriller at Anfield. Klopp admitted that his side had to “learn lessons'' from this game and they “lost control” to Marsch’s side. The reward for this success was a chance at the biggest club in the Red Bull stable, becoming manager of RB Leipzig in the summer of 2021 following the departure of Julian Nagelsmann to Bayern Munich.