Salzburg (APA) – Football supporters Red Bull Salzburg is confident in winning five league matches in five league matches for the decisive second stage of their return to the Champions League on Wednesday (21.00 / live Sky and SRF2) against Red Star Belgrade. During the dress rehearsal on Saturday in Altach (3: 2), Salzburg had to survive difficult situations.
Coach Marco Rose is faced with at least one sensitive personnel decision. Attacker Smail Prevljak struggled with four goals in his last two league matches, but he has not spent a minute in international affairs. "The team is wide, the team is big," Rose said in a Sky interview. "That's good, that's important, that's right."
A coach must deal with such a situation. "He has to explain things, but that is exactly what I like to do," said the German. "We are all going through it together." In the three previous Champions League qualifying matches, he has always put Reinhold Yabo on the front line next to sniper Munas Dabbur. At the first stage in Belgrade (0: 0) the duo did not make any progress.
Prevljak, crowned with Mattersburg last season, is the most successful Bundesliga shooter of the calendar year 2018 with 17 goals. "My job is to score goals and to work well – in training and in the game", said the Bosnian. The coach decides who plays. "You have to respect everything." The victory in Altach was undoubtedly important for Wednesday's confidence. Prevljak: "We give 120 percent."
Xaver Schlager will be in pole position for the position of the midfield of Zlatko Junuzovic due to an injury to the thigh. The 20-year-old scored the decisive goal in Vorarlberg in the 83rd minute – although somewhat involuntarily, because he had a cross in the net. "The most important thing was to win," Schlager said. "Wednesday is a new race, something completely different, everyone is on fire."
Rose was happy that Schlager had also "forced a little luck". For the ÖFB team player it was only his third Bundesliga goal, his first since October. "I also hope he feels good," Rose said, praising his team with seven positions for the performance of their first half. "We played a big game, especially football."
The Bulls admitted against the bottom of the table, however, twice as many goals as in the previous season. Marin-Pongracic with center back and captain Andreas Ulmer had taken a break from the defensive alliance. After nine league matches, the season record of Salzburg now faces eight wins and a goal-goal difference of 22: 3. First League pursuer St. Pölten is four points behind.
Rose also considers the success of Wednesday in Altach as important. "It makes a difference if you approach with a good feeling in the coming days and do not have to lick wounds." At home, his team must compete against Red Star "with more strength and conviction" than in the first leg. Despite the superiority of Salzburg, the champions of Serbia had a chance at home. Rose: "It's about making more progress, that we keep them busy." Then, in the eleventh attempt of the Red Bull era (since 2005), the door to the first-class class opens for the first time.