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WAC will bid farewell to AS Roma decent from Europe: "present attractive and aggressive" – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith

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WAC will bid farewell to AS Roma decent from Europe: "present attractive and aggressive"

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For WAC on Thursday in Rome (from 9 pm LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on DAZN) is a worthy goodbye from the European Football League. Carinthia does not have a higher chance of promotion before the group's specific guest appearance in the Italian club, but the Romans are still fighting for entry into the knockout stage.

WAC traveled to Rome with a downward-facing shape curve. Over the past ten matches, the team that almost always starts with the same starting lineup has sold head coach Gerhard Struber to the English second division Barnsley in November, just two wins – against Sturm Graz and Mattersburg.

Asked if his kickers are already looking forward to the winter break, interim coach Mohamed Sahli replied: "Yes, the matches are definitely in the leg, but we are not yet in vacation mode." A comparison of forces with the great Associazione Sportiva Roma is enough motivation. "We don't play against this opponent every week," Sahli said. "This is a special scene that we want to present ourselves well and show our game: attractive and aggressive."

Sahli: "Performance always fits"

A native of Tunisia, who already worked as an assistant coach under Struber, promised a change over the 1: 2 defeat at Altach. But with Alexander Schmidt and Marc Schmerböck ("He probably won't be back until January"), he has two offensive options.

According to Sahli, Struber's jump was not responsible for the period of weakness. Our predecessor Christian Ilzer, Struber and he finally shared a similar gaming philosophy. In fact, the trend was negative before. In the Europa League, WAC is after 4: 0 Glanzsieg in Mönchengladbach, a 1-1 in the "first stage" against the Romans and three subsequent defeats – including two avoidable against Istanbul Basaksehir – as the group last decided.

"Achievements have always matched, but the rewards, that's the result, are not," summed up the Sahlis European Cup. Crucial to him was efficiency and avoidance. "At this level of three or four chances, you have to take advantage of one, and always be awake at the back, and we have not always succeeded."

The last appearance of an Austrian club at the Roman Olympic Stadium was completed by Vienna Austria in October 2016. The spectacular 3: 3 bond can be borrowed. The Roma coach of Paulo Fonseca is unbeaten in four series matches (last 0-0 at Inter Milan), and the promotion to the EL-16 finals is near. Only in a Turkish away victory in Mönchengladbach does Giallorossi (carrot) need a point.

WAC: Coach decision until Christmas

A away match against Austria ends the WAC highlight of 2019 and also Sahli's term as short-term commander. He was due to move back to the second row soon due to a lack of UEFA Pro license. It is realistic that he, like coach Hannes Jochum and goalkeeper Christian Gratzei, will also be part of the new staff. "I am available to the club, have a contract until 2021," Sahli emphasized.

Who becomes the head coach should be decided by Christmas, according to club president Dietmar Riegler. Thomas Letsch (ex-Austria), Red Bull academic Bernhard Seonbuchner and former WAC interim coach Robert Ibertsberger are in the draw. Sahli: "It would be important for him to have the same philosophy as Ilzer, Strubsi and I. The team has grown along with these principles."

WAC of the Europa League: Group J

place

club

sp

S

U

N

porter

points

first

Borussia Mönchengladbach

5

2

2

1

5: 7

8

Second

AS Roma

5

2

2

1

10: 4

8

third

Istanbul Basaksehir

5

2

1

2

5: 8

7

fourth

WAC

5

1

1

2

5: 6

4