from the israeli sun to the austrian autumn. we have no time to rest against SV Ried, even if we could do with that after an intense champions league play-off first leg on tuesday.
Straight out of the plane to a Covid test and then the traning ground - our boys had no time to lose this week. They were back in training in Taxham on Wednesday with their eyes on the next game, just like every good footballer is fond of saying the world over. Apart from the suspended Andre Ramalho and the injured pair of Zlatko Junuzovic and Oumar Solet, everyone was there.
They can all expect a tricky trip to Ried, who took an impressive win at home on the opening day of the season. Saturday's opponents fell 1-2 behind to WSG Tirol but were able to clinch a 3-2 win in stoppage time. Hopefully we won't be ambushed by the Vikings in the same way. They have a high-profile coach in Austrian football in Gerald Baumgartner, who has been around the game for a number of years and knows our club inside out. He started his coaching career in charge of the Red Bull Juniors. After Ried lost their last Austrian Bundesliga match against another former club of his, Austria Vienna, he is keen to take more points. Whether he plays with his favoured 5-3-2 remains to be seen. Ried gained promotion in a 4-2-3-1 system that brought an impressive 73 goals in 30 matches.
Jesse Marsch's team will likely be building their attacks from a new look back line. The humidity of Israel and heavy pitch in Tel Aviv is likely to require a few changes. Thankfully all players have returned from Israel Covid-negative, which means we should be able to plug any holes.
Jesse seems to have settled on a better idea of how to play than in previous years. There has been no suggestion of resorting to a back three or a midfield diamond. Our Red Bulls are therefore all set to play in a familiar 4-2-2-2 again.
You can hear the game at SV Ried on our Bullenfunk radio service (in German), just like all our boys' away matches. There will be a special guest this time - as Andre Ramalho is to commentate on our website and in the app. You can be sure of some enthusiastic words - have a listen!
Our match day radio is on air from ten minutes before kick-off!
Zlatko Junuzovic (thigh) and Oumar Solet (lack of training) are doubts. Andre Ramalho is out suspended.
Jesse Marsch on …
… the clash with the newly promoted team:
Ried are a team that have a lot of battling spirit and a great mentality. If you consider the way they got promoted, it's very impressive. They have scored late goals in both of their Bundesliga matches so far this season. It definitely won't be a walk in the park for us, we have to be concentrated right from the start, be on it and try to use our chances as best we can.
… the performances of his team since the start:
Our previous matches this season have been very good in both the results and the performances. They were all a little different, but every one of them has been important for our learning process and has boosted our confidence for the matches ahead.
Sekou Koita on …
… opponents SV Ried:
They gained promotion with a lot of fanfare, and you can still notice that. They don't have too much to lose against us in this position, so they will probably go into the match without any pressure. We have to move on from the Champions League play-off match against Maccabi and concentrate fully on the Bundelsiga.
… the week building up to the match in Ried:
The most important thing is we won against Maccabi Tel Aviv and go into the match against Ried now with a good feeling. The situation around the match, with the lockdown and the extreme heat in Israel, was challenging, but we coped well. Of course we want to continue our run in Ried.
most recent bundesliga clashes with Ried:
29.04.2017 FC Red Bull Salzburg 1–1 SV Guntamatic Ried
19.02.2017 SV Guntamatic Ried 1–6 FC Red Bull Salzburg
29.10.2016 FC Red Bull Salzburg 1–0 SV Guntamatic Ried
13.08.2016 SV Guntamatic Ried 0–2 FC Red Bull Salzburg