Wiener predicted Austria a surprise in the Bundesliga match at home against leader Salzburg.
“We haven’t lost at home and hopefully we can stay that way on Saturday,” coach Manfred Schmid said after the season had gone well so far. “We’re in this game, in this draw for the top six.” It is Salzburg’s fourth game in a row – and the first after their first defeat of the season on Tuesday.
In the Champions League group stage, the Bulls lost 2-1 at Wolfsburg VFL. Schmid doesn’t assume this will affect the match on Saturday (from 5 p.m. LIVE-tape) in the Generali Arena will have an effect. “I don’t count on an opponent being beaten. The team is huge, you can switch to any position without any loss of performance,” he said.
“I hope my team will be the best match. I think it’s a great job for our squad to play against a Champions League team. Everyone can play against the best in the league.”
The team, currently sixth in the table, is on track, emphasizing those responsible for the Violet.
“The combination of youth and seniors is working very well for us. In terms of points, I think we are absolutely fine. It can stay that way, it has to stay that way over the weekend,” said sporting director Manuel Ortlichner. “If several components were played together on Saturday, you would probably be so surprised that you left the field as the winner.”
Series of five as a system of choice against cops
Courage gave Austria this season’s first leg, which Salzburg won on August 8, Austrian Herbert Prohaska’s 66th birthday, at home with an Adami goal in the 72nd minute. Schmid tried it with a five-man chain and an extra defensive block in front of her against the ball, now the preferred system For most coaches against the Bundesliga Croesus. “Our plan was really good, and we executed it well. But what we definitely need is a combination of competence and maybe one or more mistakes,” said Schmid, who could turn to Lucas Mall.
Salzburg are unbeaten in nine Bundesliga matches against Austria (eight wins and one draw) and have lost only one of their last 24 matches in the championship (17 wins and six draws). In the first 13 matches of the current season, Salzburg – as in 2013, 2018 and 2019 – remained undefeated, which only Rapid (1982, 1985, 1987) and Tirol (1989, 2001) achieved. Across seasons, the “Bulls” series currently has 19 unbeaten matches – it lasted the longest from May to December 2019 (22 games in a row at the time).
Salzburg expects a tough match
“Of course, the disappointment was huge right after the match in Wolfsburg. Anything else would be strange. But this is something that will upset us, I am sure. We will now do everything in our power to expand our series in the league and get our coach Matthias Gisli before the trip to the capital, said Matthias Gisele, coach before the trip to the capital. The time between the two matches should be enough for us to be ready both physically and mentally for Austria.” “Vienna have only lost three league games – and they were very close by just one goal difference. This shows some consistency.”
Brenden Aaronson is also expecting a tough game. “We saw that it was difficult against them in the first game in Salzburg, where we just won and we were challenged until the last moment,” the American player explained. “It will be important for us on Saturday to take the tension from the Champions League with us to the Bundesliga and go into the game with great focus.” Maximilian Weber (ankle) and Benjamin Sisko (thigh) are called into question in Salzburg.
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