European Championship qualifiers against Belgium: This is what Austria’s line-up could look like

2023-10-13 12:43:00

The situation is anything but ideal: In addition to captain and defense chief David Alaba, Michael Gregoritsch, Marko Arnautovic, Stefan Posch, Philipp Mwene, Karim Onisiwo and Gernot Trauner are also out. Marcel Sabitzer, an important support, is still questionable.

The most important question: Does the ÖFB team play with a three-man or four-man defense? In our formation variant we decide on four defenders. Konrad Laimer’s position will also be exciting. Like at Bayern, he could start as a full-back. However, Rangnick prefers to see Laimer, who comes from Abersee, further forward. “Konrad Laimer is an option in the full-back position, but not the only one. Nevertheless, we will have to put someone there who has never played it before,” said Rangnick yesterday.

A possible formation (4-3-3 system):

Tor: Schlager

Defense: Laimer – Danso – Lienhart – Wöber

midfield: Sabitzer – Schlager – Seiwald

Attack: Baumgartner – Adamu – Kainz

Dejan Ljubicic from 1. FC Köln would also be a possibility for the right-back position. Konrad Laimer could then take over the right wing, Christoph Baumgartner would slide into the center of the attack and displace Junior Adamu. Florian Grillitsch is also a candidate for the starting eleven, especially if Marcel Sabitzer is not fit.

Rangnick also sees lineup poker as a joker. “If there’s a small advantage, it’s that the Belgians don’t know exactly how we’re going to play either.”

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