A Violet encore

No time to rest as Austria Vienna await

less than three days after our champions league match against lokomotiv moscow, we have a match away in vienna, with a difficult encounter to be expected.

Jesse Marsch is currently steering our ship between the Austrian Bundesliga on the one side and the UEFA Champions League on the other side. Rotation was the name of the game this time last year, as there is no getting through that kind of schedule without it. Who is fit, and how long can they play for? Is it best to give them a break or keep them in their match rhythm? Lots of questions crop up in how to best navigate the team through the challenge. We'll get to see some answers to those this weekend.

One circumstance is particularly interesting: the 90 minutes of experience we gained against Lokomotiv Moscow should serve us well for the meeting with Austria Vienna. Peter Stöger's team play a similar style of defensive solidity and a desire to hit on transitions. They have scored just six goals in their four matches so far this season, but have conceded just four in those. They have further strengthened their defence since their last league match by signing free agent Christoph Schösswendter. Winning seven out of a possible 12 points have put Austria fourth in the table. They also beat Wiener Sport Club recently in the cup to make the last 16.

Austria are surely looking back fondly at our last meeting. In February we drew 2-2 with Saturday's opponents on a stormy and cold day at the Generali Arena. We go into the current tie in a very different position, however, as our Red Bulls have not lost a single competitive match, and still have a 100% record in the Austrian Bundesliga.

The tiredness in our ranks after Wednesday's match is sure to have an influence on team selection. Jesse Marsch knows he has a great range of fit players to choose from. Only Antoine Bernede is injured. Karim Adeyemi, who was not in the squad in midweek, has been back in training and is ready for action.

injury news

Antoine Bernede is out with a broken shin.

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Jesse Marsch on …

… having so many fixtures in the next few weeks:

The next few weeks are going to be very intensive, of course. We are well prepared though, we have a big squad and will use as many players as we can. We are also used to this from last year. It's important that we don't overdo things in matches or training. It'll be the case that we rotate a little against Austria and use some fresh players.

… Austria Vienna this season:

Austria have really improved under Peter Stöger. He is doing a really good job so far. They were really solid in their first four matches and played intensively. It will be a big challenge for us on Saturday.

Patson Daka on…

… the opponents:

Austria Vienna made a very good start to the season and have changed a lot. They play with more confidence and with different tactics. It is very important for us that we focus only on the match on Saturday and blend out all the circumstances surrounding it.

… our good run:

We are pleased, of course, that it is going so well, that we haven't suffered any defeats so far and have taken so many points. It is a product of hard work, however, in the pre-season and in every individual match. We want to continue the run at Austria Vienna, but we know that we are not going to be gifted anything.

most recent Bundesliga clashes with austria vienna:

23.02.2020        FK Austria Vienna 2–2 FC Red Bull Salzburg (H/T:0-1)
28.09.2019        FC Red Bull Salzburg 4–1 FK Austria Vienna (2-1)
05.05.2019        FK Austria Vienna 1–2 FC Red Bull Salzburg (0-0)
31.03.2019        FC Red Bull Salzburg 5–1 FK Austria Vienna (1-1)