35 goals conceded in 29 games – the second lowest number in the league! Patrick Bentz’s saves play a major role in the fact that FK Austria Vienna Putting the second best defense in the league with three rounds before the end of the season. against eternal rival SK Rapid Vienna Next Sunday will be in round 30 of Admiral of the Bundesliga Everything is possible in the Generali-Arena of the lower man born in Salzburg: “If we continue with the match plan, we have a good chance of eventually winning the derby at home again.” From 5 pm In the LIVETICKER LEAGUE PORTAL.
The 336th big Vienna derby is approaching. The ‘No 1 in Vienna’ duel has been announced and the starting point could be even more dangerous on the table. After FC Red Bull Salzburg clinched the championship title last week and Sturm Graz finished second, a four-way battle erupted for Europe as well as third place in three rounds of the Bundesliga before the end of the season. Which Rapid Vienna (24 points) kept after 29 rounds… just two points ahead of Austria Vienna.
With a home victory at the Generali Arena, the Violet were past the Hütteldorfers in the table. Accordingly, according to Bentz, the mood in the dressing room is: “This derby week is something very special, everyone is very excited. Getting a chance to finish third three laps before the end is not a natural matter – after a bumpy start to the season. But we still have a great opportunity to reward ourselves for this season.”
“The whole club embodies the youth’s way”
For the 25-year-old goalkeeper, who has been with the Violet for seven years and has a contract until the end of the season, it may be too early to sum it up, but the path Austria took was remarkably the right one: “It was decided at the beginning of the season to go the way of youth. We have followed this path with complete conviction. The whole club embodies it. We wanted to play good football with the boys and it has worked so far.”
After the guest duo in Salzburg and Wolfsberg, the team was given a few days off by the coaching staff led by coach Manfred Schmid to recharge their energies. Bentz was not entirely happy with the 1-1 draw at Wolfsberg: “Especially in the first half we performed really well, bringing our basic advantages onto the field. We played a lot, but were very neglectful of our chances. After that, WAC makes a draw from the only chance to score.”
6:1 Victory as a highlight – “…Run like magic”
Violet’s last success in a domestic derby dates back to December 16, 2018, and along with the national team’s debut against Scotland, one of the highlights of Patrick Bentz’s career so far has been: “In the 6-1 win, things went like magic. We were in the dressing room in the first half, we were 4-1 ahead. We just enjoyed the second half more.”
As for the backup from Austria, which will run into the 12th derby, the fans will once again tip the scales psychologically. “When you take the lead in a derby as a home team and you have the fans behind you, as a visiting team you love, brother. And even if we fall behind, which I hope won’t happen, we have proven so much this season that we can come back anytime.”
🗯 “A derby week is something very special, everyone is very excited. Getting the chance to finish third now is not a natural matter – after a bumpy start to the season. We have the opportunity to reward ourselves for this season.” – Tweet embed# Vaclive #FAK
– FK Austria Wien (FKAustriaWien) May 4, 2022
Since Tuesday afternoon, more than 12,000 tickets have been sold
The fact that (as of Tuesday afternoon) over 12,000 tickets have been sold is an added incentive for Patrick Bentz: “When Ost is full there is always a killer mood here anyway. Now maybe the whole stadium will be booming. Then you get an extra boost. Then maybe the balls will fly towards the goal more easily.”
However, it is important for an ÖFB goalkeeper (single use) to remain highly focused: “It is up to us. We have to follow the 90-minute match plan. That is the only way we will eventually have a chance to win the derby at home again.”
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