If the favorites are short of six points in the championship round with five remaining rounds in the regular round, the Vorarlbergers are fighting to get away from the bottom of the table. For Austria it is also about the first success in front of a home crowd since the second round.
Austria Wien wants to win
“If we want to speculate about getting into the top six, we have to win the game,” said Peter Stöger before the game. The Austria coach repeatedly emphasized that his team had to show “proper football” again. “We have to deliver everything for over 90 minutes from the start,” said Stöger, looking back on the most recent 1-0 draw against Hartberg. The re is no “sure-fire” against any opponent in the league, he said.
Marco Djuricin and Christoph Monschein are available for the offensive department. Monschein says he is “one hundred percent fit” again after his ankle ligament injury. However, reports that LASK have the summer striker on the list caused a stir among the Austria fans. This topic is not a problem for Stöger, as he stated on Friday. The fact that Monschein speaks to other parties a few months before the end of the contract is “normal access.”
Talks have also been held with the 28-year-old attacker. Due to the financial difficulties, which an investor is supposed to ease, the club cannot make any concessions. “We have a situation where the point is to create clarity,” explained Stöger. The talks with the said strategic partner could be fixed next week. The Georgian Merab Jordania is reported to be joining Austria. In March, Austria wants to nail it down – also when it comes to the coach question, as Stöger said.
His contract as a sports director expires in the summer. The 54-year-old had taken on the coaching position in the previous year for reasons of cost savings. “ The club would like me to stay on board,” said Stöger. It is not necessarily about the coaching position. “ The re are several options. You have to see how the club should be designed. The wish is that I should develop something in the sporting field. You have to discuss what position that is from.” Stöger wants to make a decision as soon as possible. “Because then a lot has to be tackled.”
Altach wants to show more combinations
The Altachers left for Vienna by bus on Friday. The last 0-0 deficit against Rapid should give a boost. “If you know that you can play to zero, it also increases confidence in your own offensive game. So I expect progress in this regard,” said coach Alex Pastoor. The Dutchman wants to see more combinations in the Generali Arena. Austria, according to Pastoor, is normally “very defensive”.
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