Schmidt confirmed that progress had already been made in the 0-0 draw at Reed last week. “We were more dangerous at that time.” However, the ban was not broken, which caused some turmoil in the team. “Of course this is a problem with the team,” admitted Schmidt, who is now hoping for a redemptive victory.
“The question will be about which team will be able to play more freely and with more confidence,” explained the coach, who under his leadership did not win a match but drew three times in four matches.
Given the current results, Admira’s self-confidence should be greater. While Hartberg’s record in the past 10 rounds is five defeats and five draws, Admira still has nine points in his last six matches.
Admira has not lost in four matches
Andreas Herzog’s team has not lost in four matches, the last of which has been three draws in a row. “My team has done well in the last few games and I expect the same at Hartburg. There are only six rounds left, each game setting the direction.” His club is only two points ahead of Hartberg and the penultimate Takh.
German league, round 27
Saturday, 5 p.m.:
Profitel Arena, SR Grobelnik
Hartberg: Swete – Farkas, Erhardt, Rotter, Gollner, Klem – Kainz, Diarra, Heil – Lemmerer, Paintsil
Admira: Leitner-Zwerchitz, Bauer, Schmidl, Osterzoleic-Kirchbaum, Maleczyk-Gattermaier, Sordanovic, Vodanil-Restani
“We are playing against opponents behind us in the table and we want to keep it that way after the game. We have to play from the start and take our abilities onto the pitch – then we can win at Hartberg,” Herzog explained.
Schmidt meets the former club
Former Bayern and Bremen Corps succeeded Schmidt at Admira in the summer. His passing away from the southern townspeople was associated with great feelings and continues to have an impact.
“I tried to see Saturday’s match as a neutral game for as long as possible, but in the past few days I’ve run into it over and over again, which means one story or another has come up again,” he said. Schmidt, but also put it in perspective: “In the last starting lineup, there were four or five who played with me. So the story became easier for me only because of this situation.”
A home series competitor against WSG
Meanwhile, SV Ried not only defended his narrow lead in the qualifying group against WSG Tirol, but also defended his home series against WSG. They have an impeccable record of victories at home against Wattens in the German Bundesliga and in the second division. Most recently, there was a 3:2 win in front of their fans against coach Thomas Silberger’s side on February 19.
For their part, the Tyroleans managed to win their first duel of the season with Upper Austria at Innsbruck 4:2 in the fall. Rider’s two goals were scored by Seifeddine Shabi, who came on as a substitute against Hartberg after sustaining an elbow injury during winter preparations and thus returned.
German league, round 27
Saturday, 5 p.m.:
RED – WSG Tyrol
Jusco Arena, SR Geshammer
cane: Sahin Radlinger – Wismeyer, Maisel, Blavotik, Bomer – Stosek, Ziegel-Bajic, Satin, Nene-Micic
WSG: F. Oswald – Koch, Behounek, Bacher, Schulz – Müller, Blume – Rogelj, Ogrinec, Prica – Vrioni
RED boss Robert Ebertsberger has warned that he will have to dispense with Stefan Knotts after he was sacked against Hartberg. “We can expect not only a physically strong team, but also a cheerful team if you let them play. We have to control, create chances and use them decisively. Whoever scores the first goal will have the advantage.”
WSG has some catching up
Both teams retain the qualifying group after four rounds with one win, one draw and two defeats each. WSG has had a poor 1:9 goal differential in these four games, documenting a clear deficit front and back. Coach Silberberger knows that grapes also grow tall in the Innviertel region. “We didn’t look really good there in the spring. A burning hut awaits us, an excited opponent that is very difficult to play on. It’s going to be a real qualifying group match where almost every possible outcome is: 1, 2 or X,” said the 48-year-old.
“Whoever makes less careless mistakes will leave the field as the winner,” confirms Silberger. However, recently the Gallery of Errors has confirmed that the Tyrolean lead over the Red Lantern has fused to a single point. However, the coach prefers to look upwards. “We want to come out of the Reed Doubles as direct duel winners, because at the end of the day we’d be outranked if we had the same number of points.”