With two unnecessary points lost against Reed and Lustenau (all 1:1), LASK had to hand over the Bundesliga lead to Red Bull Salzburg. In the second leg match against WSG Tirol on Saturday (5:00 pm) in Basching, the athletes want to fully confirm their status as Salzburg’s first stalker while at the same time keeping Sturm Graz at bay. Meanwhile, TSV Hartberg is welcomed by WAC and Austria’s Altach hosts Klagenfurt.
Didi Kohbauer understands that the increase is necessary for this. “We will meet an opponent again as we are the favourites and we have to play better than last week,” the LASK coach demanded. He is convinced that his team will show the required reaction. Even if things haven’t gone as planned twice recently, Kohbauer emphasized that “a lot of things that have happened in the past few weeks have been very good”. His record also speaks for him. Linz is the only team not to lose this season, after 12 championship matches as a coach at LASK, Kühbauer has scored six wins, five draws and one defeat – this happened in the European Cup match against the WSG.
WSG has only taken one point from their last three matches and is aware of the outside role. “It’s a tough job,” said coach Thomas Silberger. Didi Kohbauer brought in new structures, but if we could summon everything, something would be possible for us.
Wolfsberger AC is looking forward once again in the Bundesliga after a poor start to the season. Two victories from the past three rounds awakened the desire for more among the “wolves” of Lavanttal. Opponent Hartberg, who is currently in some trouble, has often played well at Wolfsburg, at least in the past. Hartburgers won 3:1 the previous season.
WAC is currently experiencing home misery. In four games this season, Carinthians have only taken a point in the opening game against Sturm Graz (1-1). Coach Robin Dutt still sees his fickle team on the right track. With 3:1 Rapid in their baggage, the previous week was easier to parse. “There will always be ups and downs. I don’t think we’ve been in a bad mood the past few weeks. We didn’t let ourselves talk, but we kept working constantly,” the German said.
Hartberg games right now are simple. Six goals scored in seven games – only Red has four fewer – is a manageable value. The score was 3-0 at home against Austria, and Hartberg is only 10th. Coach Klaus Schmidt said: “We definitely have something to make up for at Wolfsburg. It’s time to get more consistency in our game. It’s hard to play a good game and then a week later as we did on Sunday (against Austria) to give it.” Goalkeeper Rene is expected to return. Sweet to Hartburg.
In his first two Bundesliga matches against Austria Klagenfurt, SCR Altach went without a point or even a goal. At the third attempt on Saturday, the first win and thus the next step in the right direction should work out with an advantage at home. “If you look at the number of points it’s three,” said coach Miroslav Klose on Friday. “Carinthians reached the Bundesliga in a difficult second year. Altach brought only one win to the credit. The 0-0 away draw against WSG Tirol last weekend resulted in to cut a streak of five defeats (including a cup loss to Admira) “It was a small step that we managed to keep a clean sheet,” Klose said. Now hopefully we can take the next step and the bigger step.”
Austria lost 2-0 to Sturm Graz, their fourth defeat of the season. After the much-celebrated 4:3 win at the Carinthian Derby, coach Peter Pault recognized his side’s reluctant, passive performance. Physically, Waidmannsdorfer was not up to par. “Gratz was playing in the Europa League on Thursday and we had enough breaks, we should have been fresher,” said Vincey. During the week it was important to tackle errors relentlessly and explain why “why we weren’t able to build on what made us strong in previous games and bring us the points”. In any case, the lack of aggressiveness shouldn’t be an issue with “Ländle”.
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