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The first applause for Mechitz, then the victory over Chelsea

The first applause for Mechitz, then the victory over Chelsea

In Salzburg, there is not a minute of silence for the late Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, but a minute of rejoicing. Great things can happen against Chelsea.

The Champions League hit against Chelsea as the series champion Salzburg wants Dietrich Matches design successfully. Before kick-off on Tuesday (6.45pm / live sky, DAZN) There will be a “minute of gratitude” with applause in memory of the deceased Red Bull founder, after which the injured “bulls” want to cause a surprise. “We are the underdogs. But we want to annoy Chelsea at home,” the coach said. Matthew Gisley.

With the penultimate game going into Group E, Geisel’s team is in a comfortable position. As the only team undefeated, Salzburg has six points, and Chelsea (7) can maintain the group win AC Milan And the Dinamo Zagreb (4) The parallel match on Tuesday (9 pm) is about catching the top pair. By beating Chelsea, Salzburg will already have an international winter before their last group game in Milan (November 2). At least in the European League. In the event of a tie, the chances of another promotion to the Champions League knockout stage would be more than sound.

“I’m not going to push any math game until it’s all over,” Geisel stressed, but he looked back positively into the first leg in London (1-1). His team did well at Stamford Bridge, so the German is confident “we can do it again”. In front of the England star’s team around Raheem Sterling or Mason Mount, it is also clear: “It will be a challenge, we will suffer very hard.” Goalkeeper Philip Cohn was a combative. “We saw in the first leg that we can match that. We will go into the match to win it.”

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Should the landscape help Wals-Siezenheim, the game will take place in front of a full house (29,520 spectators). “We assume it’s going to be great weather again,” Gisley said. With the fans behind them, their impressive streak of home champions should continue, Salzburg are unbeaten at home since December 2020. “It’s hard to win at home. It shows how long we haven’t lost here,” the coach added.

However, a “brutal challenge” awaits Gisele and his coaching team not only because of the opponent. The concerns of the staff in the city of Mozart are great, the question marks for the starting eleven and the team are everywhere. “We have to deal with all possibilities and make some plans. This time, plan A, B, C is not enough. But we’re not complaining and I’m still very optimistic,” Gisley said.

In the case of Nicolas Capaldo (knee), that probably won’t be enough for the job, the decision for veteran Andreas Olmer (closed), Dijon Camiri (shoulder) or Luca Sucic (thigh) will not be made until after the final training session and final exams. Omar Solette, who stayed in the dressing room with a groin problem during the break in the first league game against Sturm, should be fit for the Chelsea game, as well as Bernardo, who has been ill recently. But Gisley doesn’t want to complain and instead tries to find solutions.

This will be needed in order to be able to challenge the Blues, who remain undefeated under new coach Graham Potter. The 2021 CL winner appeared again in the Champions League with two victories over AC Milan (3:0/2:0), in the Premier League he was there recently at Brentford FC (0:0) and against Manchester United (1:1) but twice. There is no sense of accomplishment. In the strike against Man United on Saturday, Potter-Elf conceded the equalizer in the 94th minute, meaning the London side are currently fifth in the league. Potter still has credit to settle for Salzburg anyway, Noah Okafor’s late equalizer in the first leg spoiled the manager’s debut for Chelsea.

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“We know big things will come up again,” said defensive giant Strahinya Pavlovic. But: “We have a lot of self-confidence because of the recent performances.” In any case, Gisele will give his team an accurate match plan. Without unnecessary losses on the ball, plenty of commitment and good chances, he said, the place to be in international business should be determined on Tuesday. Also for Dietrich Mateschitz.