Before the Carinthian derby match between Wydad and Austria Klagenfurt, Peter Bacolt briefly thought about one of the highlights of his coaching career. “The derby is always the most beautiful games. All the best is that it falls on Easter day. I have fond memories of Easter Sundays, but you shouldn’t think too much about the past,” the Austria coach said.
14 years ago, Bacolt had a great moment as a fast coach after winning 7-0 in Salzburg at Easter. The victory of the rookie team in Wydad would not be a surprise, especially since Wolfsburger made a poor start in the group of the Bundesliga championship with four defeats. “But we know very well that Wydad has been performing poorly in the last few matches,” Bacolt said before the upcoming derby double against Wolfsburger.
0:6 against Salzburg action
Meanwhile, his team cut the match 0:6 against series champion Red Bull Salzburg. Even the red card half an hour later for Torgay Jimbesse, who was suspended for two matches, the rookie team was fine. In any case, the reaction of the Austrian fans, who were still behind their team after the final whistle, had an effect. Winger Florian Garitz said: “This pushed us. We want to give back what they gave us on the pitch and be fully motivated. We owe that to the fans.”
German league, round 27
Sunday, 5 p.m.:
WAC – Klagenfurt
Lavantal Arena, SR Sporny
WAC: A. Kofler – Novak, Baumgartner, Lochoshvili, Dedic – Wernitznig, Leitgeb, Sprangler, Taferner – Liendl – Vizinger
Klagenfurt: Menzel – Gkezos, N. Wimmer, Mahrer, Schumacher – Cvetko, Moreira – Timossi Andersson, Greil, Jaritz – Pink
Now Bacolt can look forward to some return, and the atmosphere in the team is “very good”. With Julian von Hack, Fabian Misenbock, Benjamin Hadzic and Alex Timosey Anderson, four Klagenfurt players trained with the squad once again, defenders Thorsten Maherer and Nicholas Wimmer will return to the starting line-up. “The derby always has different rules,” Bacolt knows.
WAC is still without a point in the main group
The Wolfsbergers finally want to reward themselves with points in the fight for places in the European Cup. “Of course we want three points. We have chances and a good team, even if the results haven’t been right lately,” said coach Robin Dutt. Accept defeat.
Fifth in the table, Dutt’s team is two points ahead of Klagenfurt and three points behind Austria Vienna. The goal, Dutt said, was very clear: “to keep Klagenfurt at a distance.” The German is also hoping his attacking players Thorsten Röcher and Tai Baribo will return soon.
and active support for fans at Lavanttal Arena. Children up to 14 years old get free admission on Easter Sunday. A week later, the second leg at the Wörthersee stadium was awaited.
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