What began for Red Bull Salzburg with ten wins in a row could lead to the fulfillment of a hitherto hardly cherished dream in the coming months – the delivery of a perfect season without defeat. Already at the beginning of October, the series champion of the Bundesliga competition is de facto divided, the cheap ten points is the lead over pursuer Sturm Graz. So it is not surprising that after the 3-1 win against LASK on Sunday, fans and officials are at least philosophizing about the possibility of a league season without it.
And indeed, a goal would be a sensation – a record that only a few Lisbon have achieved so far: Benfica 1971/72 with superstar Eusebio, for example, AC Milan 1991/92, Arsenal 2003/04 or Juventus Turin 2011/12. With Salzburg coach Matthias Jaissle alone, the dream of a white season vest is currently not an issue. “The exploitation of chances is something that we can improve,” warned the coach modestly. The German did not want to be understood as a reproach to his team. “When you march through like in the last few weeks, you have to take off your hat as they keep reaching their limits,” he said. Poured into figures, it looks like this: With the exception of a 1: 1 in the Champions League at FC Sevilla, Salzburg have won all of their games. In the league, Rapid’s record from 1987 was evened out with 14 wins across all seasons.
What is meant here is the team that just managed to prevent falling into the deepest valley of misery in its history at the weekend. After three defeats in a row, the Hütteldorfer sat down against the bottom of the table WSG Tirol on Sunday after a troublesome first was involved in four hits.
Follower Sturm Graz fails
This is not a reason to rest – neither for Rapid nor for the rest of the chasing field, which is led by Sturm Graz. The fact that the Styrians dropped three points in the game against Hartberg at the weekend somehow fits into the picture. Salzburg are not only the decidedly better team on the pitch, they also know that luck is on their side. Will this luck be enough for the dream of a perfect season? It won’t be easy, but it is possible.