The second-placed Hütteldorfer will compete with Red Bull Salzburg, three points ahead, on Sunday – a sense of achievement in Wals-Siezenheim would raise hopes for the first championship since 2008, as coach Dietmar Kühbauer confirmed.
Two Salzburg victories against Rapid
“It can help if you go there and achieve a good result. That can release new strength,” said the 49-year-old. Kühbauer pointed out that the point is still halving and that there are always imponderables, for example due to injuries. “But it would help our heads if we get a good result.”
Two of the recent three showdowns with the cops have ended in debacle. Last June it set a home 2: 7, in December Rapid lost in the Cup round of 16 to the series champion 2: 6. In between, a 1: 1 was achieved. In the last 18 Bundesliga duels, Rapid only managed one victory.
Kühbauer expects fresh bulls
While the Green-Whites were able to prepare for the game for a week, Salzburg completed the first leg of the sixteenth-finals in the Europa League against Villarreal on Thursday, after which they had to digest a 2-0 home defeat. “Villarreal played an incredibly good game, especially in the first half. Unfortunately, we don’t have the same quality as Villarreal,” said Kühbauer.
The Burgenlander does not believe that the bulls are too exhausted. “You will be at a good level physically.” Kühbauer also did not want to overestimate the doping bans of Sekou Koita and Mohamed Camara. “
The se bans hurt of course, but they have a huge roster. If we said that it made it easier for us, that would be the wrong approach. We focus on ourselves.”
Salzburg wants to show a reaction to EL bankruptcy
Kühbauer promised that there would be no way to hide behind. “If you just want to defend it will be difficult because you will find the hole at some point,” said the Rapid coach, who still has to do without Maximilian Hofmann, who is not quite fit. Captain Dejan Ljubicic is available again for this.
Many reasons for Salzburg’s bitter EL bankruptcy
After an unfortunate evening, Salzburg is worried about remaining in the European Football Cup. Against Villarreal, the cops didn’t think much. An analysis.
In addition to Koita and Camara, the injured Bernardo is also missing at Salzburg, Maximilian Wöber is questionable. Coach Jesse Marsch is looking forward to the quick opportunity to make amends after the defeat against Villarreal. “After a game like yesterday, where there is great disappointment, it is good to have a great game again,” said the American on Friday.
A “six-point game” for Junuzovic
The coach is set for a tough fight. “We need a good performance, we have to be wide awake and ready to fight. It’s always like that against Rapid,” said Marsch. Midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic spoke of a “six-point game. We can make very important points in the table, even if the points are then divided.”
The y want to show “that we are the best team in Austria”.
UEFA bans Koita and Camara from Salzburg
With immediate effect, soccer champions Salzburg have to do without the players convicted of doping, Sekou Koita and Mohamed Camara, for three months. This decision by the UEFA Disciplinary Committee resulted in …
Champion unbeaten in league
The y are making a lot of their opportunities.”
Rapid recently won the league five times in a row before they suffered a minor setback a week ago with the 0-0 victory in Altach. Salzburg won all six games at national level this year.