From Hubert Gigler | 12 noon, November 15, 2020
It often looks easy, but sometimes the observer of football gets the impression that it is the most difficult sub-discipline: that Score goals. Michael Gregoritsch has a simple answer to why this is so. “Because eleven others want to prevent this and do everything to the best of their ability,” says the striker of the Austrian national team as someone who should know.
In order to counteract this prevention tactic of the competitor, some special measures are required, which the team from Franco Fuck at least always does. First of all, “quality in passing” is required, and the pace should be as high as possible. Furthermore, “we need a good occupation of the penalty area”, true to the motto: five are better than two, because that is what concerns the opponent enormously.
On this occasion, Gregoritsch points out that Austria’s national team is now firstly scoring and secondly has a very useful attack formation. Above all, of course, the one who arrived in Vienna from China on Saturday Marko Arnautovicwho, according to his own statements, was able to rest extensively on the plane. “I slept a lot, I am not tired and full of power,” said the Shanghai legionnaire after the final training session, which he was already part of.
Arnautovic and Gregoritsch, who recently recommended himself for further tasks with his goals against Norway and Northern Ireland, have now been joined by the successful against Luxembourg Adrian Grbic and the two-meter man Now Kalajdzic. “It is important that there is now calm in this regard,” said Gregoritsch, who praised the level of attack. “I think that we have a good quality in the storm. We have proven in the last courses that we can step in when Marko is not there. You can see that everyone is important.”
Franco Foda sees it similarly, also with regard to the now constant favorite role of his team. “That has changed in the last few months.” The team has developed well. We have on average 60 percent possession, are dominant in the game with the ball, want to attack, score goals and play with the necessary risk in the last third. “It is necessary to” have a good remaining defense “. That should also happen on Sunday against Northern Ireland.” That will be a very important point.