In terms of sport, a Herculean task awaits the WAC after the 4-1 defeat against Tottenham in the Europa League second leg on Wednesday (6 p.m.) in London, at least in terms of travel everything is clear for the Carinthians. The “wolves” take off for the island on Tuesday morning and return on Thursday via Ljubljana (Laibach). Opponents Tottenham are still looking for their form in the English Premier League.
“As of today, we can enter England normally,” said WAC manager Markus Perchthaler on Monday. Because there is a landing ban for flights from Great Britain in Austria, the Carinthians will not fly to Slovenia’s capital until Thursday, from there the team will travel back to Lavanttal by bus. According to the club, there is no quarantine.
So the way to Tottenham is clear. In the empty, 62,000-meter stadium, opened in 2019, which is the most expensive in Europe at over 1 billion euros, the WAC must hope for a miracle. Ferdinand Feldhofer’s team will also not help the Spurs’ shape in the Premier League. On Sunday they suffered a 2-1 defeat at West Ham, making them the fifth loser in their six most recent league games. Star coach Jose Mourinho’s squad is already nine points behind a Champions League place.
Mourinho, whose club is rumored to also show great interest in Leipzig’s ÖFB team player Marcel Sabitzer, exercised optimism after the somewhat unfortunate defeat. Reaching fourth place is “very difficult, but if it is mathematically possible, realistic”. The Portuguese said no to all questions about a possible crisis in his troops. “When a team struggles so to achieve a different result, then it is never a group crisis,” Mourinho clarified.
The re are no better methods than mine and my coaching staff, ”he said.
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