Christian Ilzer fights with Austria against his ex-employer for the small chance of jumping into the Bundesliga championship group. In the home match against the WAC, the Violets would definitely win on Sunday, but in a defeat against Wolfsberger, who plays strongly in the Europa League, it appears that the pace of the seventh of the table has again.
2-2 in the derby last Sunday did not help the favorites, the Hartberg gap increased to seven points. In the last appearance before the winter break, a preliminary decision could be made whether Austria could attack again in the four rounds during the spring. "Everyone can do it. It's definitely possible to take back seven points in five rounds. But only wins help," Ilzer said.
At Friday's press event, former WAC coach Carinthia as well as Salzburg and LASK congratulated the "outstanding" performances in the European Cup this fall. Wolfsberger had shown Thursday night at AS Roma (2: 2) what they are capable of ”. His elf is still aiming for home victory. "We want to give our fans a three-point package against a Eurofighter," Ilzer said.
The scaffold, which was asked about the press situation, did not want to stiffen too much. Austria's willingness to take the three points with it showed a certain duty of secrecy about ailing or sick players. As Ilzer explained, he was therefore forced to adapt the starting eleven as well as their basic order. Apart from the known injuries like Alexandar Borkovic and Max Sax, it was unclear which Austrians are unsure on Sunday.
Austria captain Alexander Grünwald led the team's expansion. They have been unbeaten in four rounds (2-2-0, 9: 3 goals). Young players like Manprit Sarkaria and Benedikt Pichler managed to draw attention to themselves. "Because of the last few weeks, I'm sure we're getting a good performance on the field," Grünwald said. The Austria camp does not believe that the WAC in Rome has spent. "We expect an opponent who will step on the gasoline, which will turn everything back in. But we will, too," Grünwald said.
Mohamed Sahli: "FK Austria or AS Roma – we play with the same attitude"
WAC had already enjoyed its emotional ending. After the Rome draw, Lavanttaler celebrated with the accompanying fans. Coach Mohamed Sahli absolutely emphasized that he wanted to give it all back in Vienna. "The motivation for the next championship match against Austria is also very high. Our players are tactical at a high level, we have a strong will and a successful mentality. Austria or AS Roma. We play with the same attitude and with the goal of who to fight for victory, "so Tunisian.
For Sahli, playing in the Generali Arena is likely to be his farewell performance as head coach for Wolfsberger. A successor to Gerhard Struber, who emigrated to England, is being sought. Sahli does not have the UEFA Pro permanent employment license. In Vienna, the 41-year-old is keen to secure third place with his team. After only a complete success the last four rounds, WAC's leadership over the pursuers has melted and is now just one point on Rapid. Wolfsberger will probably have to cope without the sick Mario Leitgeb and Marcel Ritzmaier.