Europa League – WAC wants to take at least one point...

Europa League – WAC wants to take at least one point...
Europa League – WAC wants to take at least one point...
At the start of the Europa League, the WAC in Klagenfurt managed to score 1: 1 against ZSKA after an early 0: 1 deficit. Also in the second comparison with the current table runner-up in the Russian championship – tied on points with Leader Zenit St. Petersburg and Spartak Moscow – at least one point should be gained to make it among the last 32 teams next Thursday (9 p.m.) at home against Feyenoord to be able to create on their own.

“Our goal is this play-off against Feyenoord, to which we want to subordinate everything. The team has earned that with their good performances,” emphasized WAC trainer Ferdinand Feldhofer before the departure for the Russian capital on Wednesday morning. The return flight on Friday ends in Innsbruck, where the Bundesliga match against WSG Tirol will take place on Sunday afternoon (2.30 p.m.).

After his team was hit so badly by the corona virus four weeks ago around the 0-1 defeat in Zagreb that not even 14 field players and two goalkeepers were available and therefore even the Bundesliga match against Sturm Graz had to be postponed, Feldhofer can now draw on almost unlimited resources. With the exception of center forward Cheikhou Dieng, all of the regular players made the trip to Moscow. Central defender Dominik Baumgartner, who pinches his calf, was also there.

“Fortunately, it is getting better and better, by Thursday at the latest we will be fully back,” assured the WAC coach with a view to the fitness level of his men after surviving Covid-19 infections and the 3-0 home defeat against Dinamo Zagreb the previous week. “In the first game against Zagreb we were shaken by Corona, in the second we ran out of strength. It could have turned out differently if we had made it 1-0,” said the 41-year-old ex-international.

“With ZSKA, the strongest team in this group is waiting for us, with many team players and top players. In addition, the hybrid turf has to be tackled, that’s something new for me and the players,” explained Feldhofer. And also a limited number of spectators are allowed again at the match in Moscow, which virtually closes the circle. Because the Lavanttaler played in a 1-1 draw on October 22nd at home against ZSKA in the Europa League in front of an audience.

During the video analysis before the match, Feldhofer once again noticed that his professionals not only played a great game against ZSKA at home in the brilliant 4-1 triumph in Rotterdam, “it was a very, very good performance” to be connected to. “We have to make the spaces narrow, front and back, and reach our level of performance, then we can hurt everyone in this group,” Feldhofer is convinced.

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