This will be the highlight of Christian Elzer’s tenure so far. Under the 43-year-old’s leadership, Sturm has once again developed into a top team in Austria, which is also supported by second place after five Bundesliga rounds. However, Elzer cautioned against entering the second leg with extreme ecstasy. “We need a very focused performance throughout the whole season,” the coach said.
His respect for the opponent is great despite the sovereign’s success on Slovenian territory. “Mora is like a cat that has seven lives. This is because they metamorphose very well and can be dangerous to us at any stage. In addition, their development requires respect,” said Styria. The poor performance of the Slovenian champions this season in the league should not be overestimated – they have taken seven points after five matches. “The table should not blind you. You have a completely different team in the tournament.”
EL playoff, second leg
9 p.m., live on ORF1:
Sturm Graz – NS Mura
Graz, Mercure Arena, SR Sanchez Martinez (Spain)
Sturm: Siebenhandl – Gazibegovic, Affengruber, Wüthrich, Dante – Gorenc Stankovic – Hierländer, Ljubic, Kiteishvili – Yeboah, Jantscher
if: Obradovic – Karnicnik, Gorinc, Marosko – Kos, Kozar, Bobianek, Horvat, Sturm-Lautrec, Skovlick
Going: 3:1. Newcomers in the group stage of the Europa League, losers in the group stage of the European Conference League
Enter the game with clarity and quality.
That hasn’t changed from Sturm compared to the latest looks. The battle over the body is great. “I experienced a very active and aggressive mood while training,” Ilzer said. It is important that you take this with you to the game. “We have to go into the match with the necessary intensity and quality, against a team with great character,” said coach Sturm.
In rehearsal they shared points at home against Vienna Austria 2-2. “The second half against Austria makes me optimistic, it went in the right direction and we also have fun solutions.”
Moura comes up with a sense of accomplishment, and celebrated his first league win on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Selge. Thursday’s starting position is nothing new for Ante Symondza’s team. On your way to the championship title you had to win by two goals on the last day of the match. This managed to take a 3-1 lead over hosts NK Maribor, giving them the lead due to a better goal difference. This score, like all Sturm defeats by two goals, will bring an extension this time around.
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