Even if it wasn’t the liberation we had hoped for and the table situation is still dismal. For Vienna Austria, the 0-0 draw against Rapid on Sunday in the 341st major derby felt like a victory. In the case of Green-White, however, they cried for victory after a 40-minute creative blockade with a double majority. “We weren’t smart enough,” said coach Zoran Barisic, whose club has already failed to win twelve duels en suite against Austria.
After a first half that was erratic and error-prone on both sides with only a few dangerous offensive moves, everything was in place for the Green-Whites in the 54th minute. James Holland and Matthias Braunöder were sent off the field with yellow-red and red respectively and rolled out the red carpet to victory for the guests in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,200 spectators. But Rapid, who were longing for three points after scoring a lot of points in their most recent games, missed the penalty. “We played too complicated, too much through the center, took shots from the second row that you don’t take and didn’t break through the wings enough,” complained Barisic.
The 53-year-old said he and his team were “bitterly disappointed” after the fifth game in a row without a win. Matthias Seidl also blamed it on the unusual situation in which Austria barricaded themselves in front of their own penalty area. “It’s always very difficult when the opponent is at the back with eight players,” said the offensive man, who was just as unable to make an impact in this phase as his teammates Marco Grüll or Nicolas Kühn. The latter was disillusioned by the fruitless attempts. “We just have to play it better, we can’t just start shooting from 30 or 40 meters. When there are two men outnumbered, you have to create chances,” emphasized the German.
“I would have expected us to play smarter and be technically cleaner. We were impatient and let ourselves get a little nervous,” said Barisic, who sorely missed goalgetter Guido Burgstaller, who was missing due to an injury. “Of course we miss Burgstaller. But what I also miss is that even more players are keen on scoring goals.” His team will have their next chance on Saturday, and creativity will also be required against a massive defense against bottom team Lustenau.
At Austria, the anger about the exclusions (Michael Wimmer: It’s a derby, pure emotions, then something like that happens”) was limited because it didn’t really weaken you. But, at least from a mental point of view, even that The opposite happened. “You develop something in your body that you can’t describe,” said midfielder Reinhold Ranftl, who hardly gave the team any chances until the end. “We proved that we are a functioning team, that the spirit is right “, said coach Wimmer happily.
Dominik Fitz, whose playing qualities were ultimately no longer in demand, even spoke of “defensive fireworks”. Ranftl was pleased to have “seen a side of us that I hadn’t noticed before. We’ve proven that we can also play dirty.” This is important, not least because of defensive problems in many games. “We have often been criticized for scoring a lot of goals and defending carelessly,” explained Ranftl. “We showed what we’re actually made of and what we haven’t always been able to achieve in the last few weeks.”
The draw made the worst start to the season (after 9 rounds) in Bundesliga history, i.e. since 1974, a bitter certainty for the favorites. Ranftl emphasized that the performance in the derby should give Austria a boost for future tasks. For example, on Saturday in the home game against Blau-Weiß Linz, which in ninth place has three points more than the tenth-placed Violets. “If that doesn’t give us self-confidence today, then I don’t know what will,” said Ranftl. Wimmer was optimistic about emerging from the valley after seven games without a win. “I think that was the buck we knocked over today.”
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