The best comes last. In the hit of the 14th round of the Bundesliga on Sunday (17.00 clock) receives the third-placed WAC champion and championship leader Salzburg. WAC coach Gerhard Struber expected a "total wear and tear fight", "bull" coach Jesse Marsch came out on Friday as a "fan of the WAC".
"They play a great football," said Marsch three days after the 1-1 in the Champions League at Napoli or two days before the fourth away game of the Salzburg in a row. "I expect a good, very interesting and intense game because the WAC is very strong in counterpressing, but our guys are aware of that and ready." Having two days more regeneration time compared to the "wolves" can be an advantage, as the WAC has played many games with the same line-ups and they are also playing very intensively, "explained Marsch.
In the Lavanttalarena, where the WAC against Salzburg has a solid 4-5-5 balance, it comes also to the duel of the two peat factories of the league. Salzburg holds 53, the WAC 34 hits, and it is not by chance that there could be a rally by the leading scorers of the scorers Patson Daka, Erling Haaland (both Salzburg) and Shon Weismann (WAC) with 12 goals each. Announces a peat festival as in the 5: 2 home win of Salzburg in the first season duel? "That can happen," said Marsch, "the more we need discipline on the pitch, everyone has to be highly focused, especially the defensive, and we also need a bit of aggressiveness."
Struber: "Need to realign ourselves"
The WAC will have to digest a bitter 3-0 home defeat by Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday, which has been on a par with them for a long time and has been at odds with refereeing decisions. The chance of promotion is only small. "We need to realign ourselves because it's important to bring in spiritual freshness," said Struber. And even if the squad "does not have such a breadth and density", everyone continues to be physically fit. On Sunday could still be rotated in one way or another position. "I trust my boys, who were on the bench against Istanbul, that they can deliver."
The match against Salzburg would be "a very different game" than that against the experienced and technical strong Turks. "We know (before Salzburg, Anm.) Much clearer what to expect, know how they act," said Struber, who had worked for more than ten years as a junior coach at Red Bull. In any case, his team had become stronger compared to the first season duel. "We have improved possession, have become more economical, but at the same time still strong in Gegenpressing," he was convinced.
The respect for the guests is of course great. "An opponent who can individually regulate a lot and with Haaland has a player who is above things," analyzed Struber. The defense of the "bulls" is not a showpiece without blemish. "They have had one or the other carelessness in their defensive organization recently, which we have to provoke," the 42-year-old said.
Bundesliga: Overview of matches of the 14th round
|date||home||outwards||Kick-off / results|
|09/11/2019||SK Sturm Graz||TSV Hartberg||17:00|
|09/11/2019||SCR Altach||SK Rapid Vienna||17:00|
|09/11/2019||SKN St. POlten||WSG Tyrol||17:00|
|10/11/2019||FK Austria Vienna||SV Mattersburg||14:30|
|10/11/2019||WAC||Red Bull Salzburg||17:00|