The first Bundesliga match between Austria Lustenau and Red Bull Salzburg will take place at Reichshofstadion on Saturday. After the derby victory over Altaş, the white team began to pulsate with self-confidence. “I don’t want to hold back the euphoria at all,” Lustenau coach Marcus Mader said. Salzburg respects the opponent. “They are doing really well, they are right there,” said Salzburg coach Matthias Gisele. Backgammon leader LASK meets Altach, and Hartberg plays Ried.
Lustenau started the Bundesliga’s return season with three wins, one draw and just one defeat. Most recently, Altach defeated 2-1, Austria is third in the table and better than any climber in nine years. The Lustenau-based company does not want to defend itself against the uproar that this has created. “Players also need a certain amount of euphoria. But on the other hand, we already know where we come from and where we have to categorize ourselves,” Mader said.
Mader has the entire team available against champions. With Salzburg, the strongest opponent so far from the starting position comes to Vorarlberg. “Basically, it’s definitely about starting the match well, just like we did well against Altach,” Mader said. “Then we need the intense passion and mentality in the game again, with and against the ball.”
Salzburg coach Matthias Giseli has revealed that Austria’s brilliant start to Lustenau did not surprise him. “It’s a match at the top, second against third,” Gisley explained. “As always, we are fully focused and well prepared and want to take the three points with us.” Last Sunday, Salzburg deservedly won 2-0 over Austria Klagenfurt. This was the third win in a row. “So the evolution is right. We want to build on that against Lustenau and expand our small chain,” said Jaissle, who should dispense with Ignace van der Brempt.
At the same time at 5 pm, two teams with poor results will meet in a duel between TSV Hartberg and SV Ried. Both had been waiting for the complete success of three league games and found themselves in the basement of the table. There are no favorites in this game. Stearon, who has yet to win against Reed in the Bundesliga, had two weeks to prepare for this duel – perhaps a small advantage.
“After the bitter defeat in Lustenau, three points is of course our target,” coach Klaus Schmidt confirmed. Hartberg is currently penultimate in the table with a match in hand. After the opening win over Altach, he recently suffered three straight defeats. According to Schmidt, the atmosphere in the team is still good. He was positive about the duel with Reed: “We had two weeks to get our crown back on his feet, and we’ll be ready on Saturday.” During the two-week break from competitive matches, which was caused by the postponement of the match with European Cup player Rapid, Schmidt primarily tried to work in a defensive position.
Reed also had a mixed start to the new season, finishing 10th with four points after five games. In the duel with Hartburg, the Vikings wanted to get the second three, coach Christian Heinley was very optimistic: “We can do everything in this match. We want to turn our performances into points now.” Seeing no favorite in this game, he expects an opponent at eye level.
Table leader LASK Linz only wants to score the next three points against Altach at 7.30pm. The undefeated Linzers are the favorites to face Pasching. At Altach, he announced compensation after losing the derby last week. Coach Miroslav Klose expects a reaction.
Despite a good start to the season, LASK coach Didi Kohbauer was warned of upcoming rivals: “With Altach, we expect the next team that wants to beat us. With Miroslav Klose as coach, they will certainly have new energy.” At the same time, he is confident in the points his strength. “If we get our skills back on the pitch, it could end well,” said the 51-year-old.
A difficult analysis was due at Altach after the recent derby defeat against Austria Lustenau. “We worked through everything and approached it head on,” Klose emphasized. The German was particularly unhappy with the intensity brought onto the field, worked out in training last week. Regarding the upcoming assignment with the table leaders, Klose explained to the team the reaction he expected. “Pressure and fear played a role against Lustenau. We need players who stay out of the front,” the coach demanded.
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