After the grueling task against Chelsea, a landmark event in the domestic German league awaits the Champions League fighters from Red Bull Salzburg. Sunday (5pm) champions Rapid will visit the table leaders – the starting point is clear. Nobody expects anything from his team, as Rapid coach Ferdinand Wildhofer said in a nutshell. From 2.30 pm, Vienna Austria will play SV Ried and Storm Graz against Austria Lustenau.
Salzburg returned from London on Thursday after beating Chelsea 1-1 at Stamford Bridge. The renewal in the program was on Friday, and the players were given a day off. “Rapid will ask for everything from us. We will try to sharpen the boys again tomorrow so they forget about London,” said Gisley, who was fully focused on the next contender. The green eggs would have “a little fresher legs than us. It was a great feat we had to play with. The boys were really tired, both mentally and physically.” However, they would “put a team on the field to beat Rapid”. The coach hinted that there may be a change in one position or another.
Fifth in the league from West of the Federal Capital slid into crisis after performing below average recently and little of that can be counted. After backlash from fans, club president Martin Bruckner announced his retirement, as did managing director Christoph Peszek. “What happens here outside, we leave as much as possible,” explained Feldhofer, speaking of a good week of training. “We are very far from the doomsday mood. We are working, and we communicate well with each other.” Feldhofer thinks Rapid may be “a little bit more outsiders” than usual this time against Salzburg. However, internally, one calculates something.
Sturm Graz wants to end the historic European Cup elimination in Rotterdam quickly. The match at home against newly promoted Lustenau will be a “personality test” for Styrian, said goalkeeper Jörg Seppenhandel after the 6-0 defeat in Feyenoord. Sturm remains undefeated against Lustenau in the Bundesliga and has won all eleven matches after a draw in the first game (July 26, 1997). Coach Christian Elzer has to dispense with striker Emmanuel Emega, who suffered a shoulder injury when he attacked Gernot Trauner, and Alban Ajete, who suffered a muscle injury in front of Klagenfurt. It is unclear how long the attacking duo will remain. Captain Stefan Hierländer, who was stopped in Rotterdam, is back, and Otar Kiteishvili is also there for a few minutes after his return.
Lustenau coach Marcus Mader did not see on television the disaster in Graz. “These are two completely different games,” he explained. He explained, “We can’t compare ourselves to Feyenoord. The distribution of roles was different, Graz was the obvious stranger, and it was the other way around on Sunday.” Mader doesn’t see anything positive for his team even with the loss. “I think the result is serious, it’s all about fixing things, they want to close the gap at home. Maybe it’s us who are suffering, maybe the up-and-coming team can be useful there,” he said.
In the international business by its own standards, Wiener Austria wants to keep its chances in the “daily bread” Bundesliga. The Finns, who were late in the conference league, could look forward at the national level. In sixth place, Austria, which started with three minus points, is in the top half of the table. Before the two-week international break, all forces must once again be mobilized against SV Ried.
“The most important thing is our future and winning the game on Sunday,” said coach Manfred Schmid. It remains to be seen to what extent the subject of rotation will be tense. In recent matches, Schmid has relied on eleven good exercises. “Get it all” again is the motto. “If we write fully, we’ll start the international break feeling good and can cool off for a few days. Then we’ll be back at full speed,” said right-back Reinhold Ranftel. In the conference league, the Villarreal double awaits at the beginning of October, in the league matches against Sturm Graz and Rapid.
Ryder travels as the weakest offensive team in the league. They only scored four goals in eight league matches. Only one of them reserved the offensive section. From this, Christoph Munchen returns to an old workplace. “We finally have to change the game so we can get our confidence back,” said the striker, who has saved one goal this season.
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