After an unfortunate evening, Salzburg is worried about remaining in the European Football Cup. After the 0-2 draw against Villarreal in the first leg of the sixteenth-final first leg of the Europa League, coach Jesse Marsch was still hoping for a turning point. But even the American knew in the first review shortly before midnight: “ The ascent is still possible, but it will be very difficult.”
Austria’s champions need at least two goals next Thursday to avoid the end. Otherwise history repeats itself. In the previous year, the “cops” were also on the march and after switching from the Champions League as third party in the subsequent first knockout round of the Europa League failed. At that time there was a 1: 4 (a) and 2: 2 (h) against Adi Hütters Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Salzburgers were by no means able to follow up on previous performances on the European stage. “We played against a clever opponent, one with a lot of intelligent players on the field. And we made too many young mistakes and had too little consistency in front of goal ”said March.
Only two shots on goal for Salzburg
The coach backed up the poor performance with facts. “We only shot twice on goal.” Not just for a home game that is “too little”, as Marsch noted, “But we still have a game”. A 0: 2 is of course catching up. “We have to fly to Spain and perform better.” According to the march, the Salzburgers want to push for an early goal.
The verdict on a three-month doping ban of the two service providers from Mali was served on the Salzburgers on Wednesday. “It hurts us as a group. You played very well recently. It’s difficult without these two guys, but we have a good team. We all need our boys now ”declared Marsch.
But talents like Luka Sucic, Brenden Aaronson or Oumar Solet first have to mature into key forces like them Gelbe U-Boot von Villarreal abounds in its ranks. Before the second leg, pursuers Rapid will be playing the Bundesliga hit in Mozart’s city on Sunday (5 p.m.). Marsch can hardly spare an actor because of the prestige character of the game.
Unai Emery: “A 3-0 would have been possible.”
Villarreal and Europa League specialist Unai Emery, who has already won the competition as a coach three times, left Salzburg with a grin. “Our goal was to get a good result with an away goal. I am very satisfied, but it has not yet been decided ”said Emery. After the first success after five league games without a win, he criticized the efficiency. “A 3-0 would have been possible.” Paco Alcacer failed when the score was 0-0 with a weak penalty shot by Stankovic.
The votes for the WAC defeat
The allocation in the Salzburg defense center did not match. When asked about the performance of defense chief Albert Vallci and European debutant Oumar Solet, Marsch said: “Not bad, but a couple of mistakes too many. At this level, every mistake hurts us. “
Marsch was dissatisfied with the entire team appearance. Apparently, the players were also deeply frustrated. Captain Andreas Ulmer ensured the unpleasant end point with a rude entry with the stretched leg in stoppage time.
The veteran was extremely well served with the yellow card and will be in Villarreal next Thursday (6:55 p.m.). “Everything is still inside,” emphasized Stankovic. “If anyone can score two or three goals, that’s us.”
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