Salzburg remains in search of lost sovereignty. With a 2-2 win at Wiener Austria, the “Bulls”, who are normally spoiled for success, failed to win in the third competitive game in a row on Sunday. Four days before the Europa League second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday, the late equalizer was a bit of a neck blow for the champions.
Coach Jesse Marsch still saw “a step forward”. “It is not the result that we wanted. But we have to move forward step by step and stay positive, ”said the American. Compatriot Erik Palmer-Brown had previously given Austria the point in the 89th minute after a corner kick. In added time, the defender almost found the chance for the third goal of the favorites. Patson Daka had put the guests in the lead twice (7th, 70th). So both sides were annoyed about the draw after a fight-heavy game.
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Speaking of a “very good mentality” by his team and marching visibly to convey optimism, the comments made by the Salzburg professionals echoed criticism of his own performance. “At the moment we lack the last will at decisive moments. Front and back. There are such phases in football, we have to get out of it, ”said Albert Vallci, who was a right-back instead of Patrick Farkas. Next to Maximilian Wöber was also missing “the final consequence. To deny someone’s will is complete nonsense, ”emphasized the team player.
The 2: 3 against LASK, who is now three points ahead of the defending champion after the weekend, may have thrown Salzburg off the track more than they initially wanted to admit. So Wöber said: “With the defeat against LASK we experienced a crack that some in Salzburg have never experienced before. Now we have to develop this self-image again. ” This could happen soon, the 22-year-old said: “One game is enough, a 3-0 win. Now there is a chance against Frankfurt, if we win 3-0 we are further. ”
The Eintracht arriving with a 4: 1 cushion is likely to act at least one class stronger than Austria. The Viennese tried to keep things going in the opposing penalty area with simple means. And they were quite successful because Salzburg showed weaknesses again when the balls were at rest. In the finish, the fan stand of the Viennese, which dispensed with organized support in the dispute with the club leaders, even woke up. “You felt the energy there. We need that, ”said Christian Ilzer.
The Austria coach noted with satisfaction that Austria was able to keep up with a top team in the league. “Obviously you long to beat a top team. We are close. It is important that the team believes more in themselves now, ”said Ilzer. Austria is unbeaten seven rounds. Four draws in a row did not really melt the gap to sixth Hartberg. Six points are missing two rounds before the end of the basic round, the master group will probably take place without the Austria.
Ilzer did not want to go into detail about arithmetic games. “We have to take the positive trend with us, get the most out of it. The more points we collect now, the better our starting position, ”said the Styrian with a view to the division of points. Austria striker Christoph Monschein stated: “If the chance is still there, we will do everything we can to seize it.” Austria will be guest at Sturm Graz next Sunday.
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