For league leaders Red Bull Salzburg, the upcoming duel in Carinthia against promoted Austria Klagenfurt is all about one thing: taking revenge. Peter Pacult’s team is the only team so far to defeat the series champions in the current season, from the perspective of the Mozart city-dwellers it should remain a one-off slip.
This time, Jaissle and Co. want to leave the field as winners.
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When the 16th matchday at the end of November was 2-1 after 90 minutes in the duel between Austria Klagenfurt and Red Bull Salzburg, Peter Pacult and his team were overjoyed. At that time, the Violets from Carinthia were the first team to trip up the sovereign leaders and to force them to a defeat for the first time under Matthias Jaissle in the Bundesliga. Nobody has been able to do that since then, which is why the people of Mozart are extra motivated at the upcoming duel in the capital of Carinthia to take revenge for the slip-up in the past autumn season. “We don’t have very good memories of our last meeting in Klagenfurt. We definitely want to do better this time. We’ll go into the game with the right attitude,” announced head coach Jaissle in the run-up to the game.
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At that time, Salzburg were 1-0 down in Carinthia after 30 minutes through a goal by Turgay Gemicibasi, before goalscorer Markus Pink even made it 2-0 for the hosts in the 80th minute. Rasmus Kristensen’s goal in injury time meant only more cosmetic results for the “Red Bulls”, who were otherwise spoiled for success. “The Klagenfurt are the only team that has been able to beat us in this Bundesliga season so far. We want to take revenge on Sunday,” says attacker Junior Adamu, who has won all of the last four games in the league with his team could decide. With 20 complete successes in the first 25 games, Salzburg even set a new record in Bundesliga history. You already had that many victories in 2018/19 and 2020/21, but over the entire season.
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From Salzburg’s point of view, the Klagenfurt team shouldn’t be underestimated. Especially in their own stadium, Coach Pacult’s men have presented themselves in a solid position, losing only two of their twelve home games and scoring 18 goals. LASK last scored as many goals at home as a promoted team in this period in the 2007/08 season. Adamu also knows that the upcoming duel requires 100 percent concentration: “But we can only win if we invest everything in this game and again go to the limit up to the 90th minute and then after that, because Klagenfurt is dangerous and is strong at home, we’re not the only ones who have felt it.”
While long-term absentees Guindo, Koita and Okoh remain unavailable, midfield ace Brenden Aaronson could make a comeback after missing SK Rapid (2-1) with a knee problem. Matthias Jaissle is content with his team’s preparations and is optimistic about the upcoming encounter: “Overall we’re on the right track, but we haven’t achieved anything yet. ”