Immediately after the final whistle, Matthias Jaissle first needed a few minutes for himself.
The German disappeared into the catacombs of the Red Bull Arena after the round of 16.
He was a little late in joining his ecstatic team while celebrating on the now historic lawn in Wals-Siezenheim, where the current promotion of an Austrian club in the knockout round of the Champions League was realized last Wednesday.
“It was actually very emotional, it took me two or three minutes to complete the whole thing. It took a load off my heart, that is very clear. The pressure I put on myself was palpable. That’s why I was Overjoyed after the final whistle, “said the 33-year-old, who usually looked calm, at the press conference after the victory over Sevilla FC (match report >>>).
Jaissle mastered the crisis brilliantly
The self-imposed pressure has recently become too much for Jaissle because his young team has missed the splendid shape from the start of the season in recent weeks. While Salzburg’s weak phase in the Bundesliga was to be got over because of the big lead of the “Bulls” in the table, it cost the Mozartstadters two premature promotion to the last sixteen of the Champions League.
After the match balls awarded in Wolfsburg and Lille, very few expect a successful conclusion of the group stage against the favored Sevilla. Even a complete elimination from the European Cup was suddenly possible.
But Jaissle did not let himself be unsettled by the high pressure, which not only affects him internally, but also from outside the war, and his team perfectly adapted to the Andalusian top team. After a balanced first half with few scoring chances on either side, Seville’s Munir hit the crossbar with a head. However, the very young Mozartstadt troupe did not let this unsettle them and wrote to them only a little later, even after a perfectly proposed attack by Noah Okafor.
Newly discovered defense thanks to stability Jaissle
As a result, the Salzburg back four were rock solid, Seville weakened themselves with the exclusion of Joan Jordan just a few minutes after the 1-0 and could not create another serious scoring chance until the final whistle. “We knew that 0-0 would be enough to advance, so we already knew how important the defense and the remaining defense would be today,” explains Jaissle.
Salzburg ended a Champions League game without a goal for the first time. In addition, a 27 European Cup game of unrelated games, during which a clean slate could never be kept, was ended. The “Bulls” received only six goals this time over the entire group stage, only the goalkeepers from Ajax Amsterdam, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Bayern, Lille and Chelsea grab less often than Philipp Köhn. For comparison: In the 2020/21 season, the Mozartstädter still conceded 17 goals, a year earlier at least 13.
From the beginning of the summer preparation, Jaissle placed a lot of emphasis on a solid defense, also because he was already dying from Marco Rose, known as Salzburg’s primary game system. In this staggering, the central midfielders play an important role in securing, with the advances of the full-backs the two eights take a vacant position on the outside and thus prevent fast counter-attacks by the opponents if the ball is lost.
Salzburg are more defensive than they have been since Stevens
For Jaissle, the fact of the first clean slate in the history of the Salzburg Champions League is not just a statistical marginal note, but “of course a cool story. Especially in such a crucial game where it really was about everything. We also played in the league showed that we are very stable. “
In fact, the series champion in the Bundesliga only holds twelve goals after 18 rounds. The last time so low at this point in the championship was the number of hits captured in the 2010/11 season. Salzburg’s coach at the time: Defensive specialist Huub Stevens.
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Although the defensive turned out to be the absolute showpiece of the “cops” in the autumn season, the spectacular storm around Karim Adeyemi and Noah Okafor usually plays the biggest role in the public discussion. This is hardly surprising given the enormous quality and the great goal rate of the two nimble attackers. If Jaissle has its way, when and the strikers are not spared in paying homage to the defensive anyway:
“We played a really good game in all phases, we defended it extremely well as a team. Noah and Karim have enormous power on the offensive, but I would also like to emphasize how the strikers worked against the ball today. That was also it a key to success that everyone on the pitch was aware of the responsibility to invest everything in order to keep the zero. That was what made us today. “
Center-back misery cannot harm Salzburg
How well the Jaisslesche Raute does the Salzburg defensive stability is also shown by the fact that there were no other part of the team as many failures during the autumn as on the defensive. Defense chief Max Wöber, all-rounder Bernardo, the long-term injured Albert Vallci and center-back talent Bryan Okoh are all currently unavailable to the “cops”. Oumar Solet and Kamil Piatkowski also missed large parts of the first half of the season due to injuries.
But the enormous fluctuation in the Salzburg back four – or rather in central defense, since Andreas Ulmer and Rasmus Kristensen are quickly playing all games on the outside anyway – has so far provided less problems than new opportunities in the city of Mozart. For example, Jerome Onguene, who had already been completely written off and who often did not even make it into the squad at the beginning of the season, suddenly got a chance to prove himself again – and delivered one world-class game after the next.
Freund: “I’m extremely happy for Jaissle”
In Salzburg it has long been known that Jaissle was only 33 years old and had enormous tactical talent. It was not for nothing that the former central defender was first promoted from the U18 to FC Liefering within six months and then to the fighting team after Jesse Marsch left. As a pretty no name, the German was handed the helm at the Austrian league croesus in the summer, a contract until 2024 confirms the enormous trust the authorities have in the Rangnick student.
“I’m extremely happy for him. He is 33 years old and an excellent coach and person. It is extremely fun to work with him. I still remember some voices in the summer when we made Matthias our coach were extremely critical The day-to-day work is fun and he has the team under control, “said sports director Christoph Freund to” Sky “, who once again showed a golden hand when choosing a coach.
The 44-year-old had to dismiss one coach, Peter Zeidler, since he took office as the “bulls” sporting officer in the summer of 2015, the rest was lured away by other, mostly larger, clubs. However, Freund has never managed to keep a head coach at the club for more than two years. Even with Jaissle, this undertaking could be a rather difficult undertaking because of what has been shown so far …
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