After their victory over Celtic, the “bulls” can look back on 49 home games without defeat en suite, 15th victory in the 17th seasonal game and 2018/19 without defeat.
Salzburg – The second victory in Group B of the European Football League never seemed at risk. Even at the score of 0:1, Salzburg was at home on Thursday against Celtic Glasgow always master of the situation, the final score of 3:1 provided confirmation. Coach Marco Rose was clarified. “I never really had any doubts”, said the German, who was happy about a “bear-strong” performance just after the break.
49th home game without defeat en suite, 15th victory in the 17th seasonal game and 2018/19 without defeat – despite a bad start the run of the domestic serial champion continued on Thursday. After a mistake by central defender Andre Ramalho, who was surprised by a high ball, the hosts were behind after only 95 seconds. “That was a shock for us,” Ramalho’s defensive partner Marin Pongracic said.
Andre Ramalho Honors
- Austrian League: 2013–14, 2014–15
- Austrian Cup: 2013–14
- Regionalliga West (3rd league): 2010–11, 2012–13
Rose “not surprised” by reaction
Of course there was nothing to notice. “We reacted well, found our way into the game and already played a good first half. And in the second half we delivered a very strong performance”, Rose remarked with satisfaction. The German said that he was “not surprised” by the reaction of the team. “I know that we are good and that we have confidence in ourselves.
Also the fact that before the break against the compactly defending 49 times Scottish champion no big chances looked out despite dominance, did not let Salzburg despair. “It was difficult, because they defended very disciplined”, said foreign player Stefan Lainer.
Despite all the attempts, the favourite went into the booths for the first time this season with a 0:1 deficit – and then turned up the heat. “We’ve stayed calm, that’s what sets us apart lately,” said Hannes Wolf, who soon after the restart provided the assistant for double goal scorer Munas Dabbur. “We continued to play our game and created many chances,” Dabbur said dryly. The Israeli is still in good shape and has scored 15 times in his 16 season’s games.
Fitness as the key to success
For the fifth time overall and for the second time internationally it “rang” 2018/19 with Takumi Minamino, who finally turned the game around with the 2:1 in the 61st minute. Somehow logical for Wolf. “After the 1:1 it was already clear to us that there was more,” explained the 19-year-old. “We had a lot of ball possession, our counter-pressing was very strong. Fitness had also been a reason “.The opponent also got a bit tired. At the latest after the red card for the Scots and the 3:1 from a Dabbur 911 (73.) the game was over.
Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers, whose team could hardly start any relief attacks after the break, caused a big problem after the equalization: “That we didn’t control the ball well enough. Then you can’t breathe,” complained the former Liverpool coach. Or in Lainer’s words: “We took away their desire and strength.”
24,085 spectators had come to the Red Bull Arena, it became one of the best-attended EL group games in the history of the Salzburgers. They now have the best chances to make it to the eighth EL group stage for the sixth time. “It’s good and important to start well. But now we have a home game against Trondheim with its back to the wall,” Rose stressed in view of the upcoming match against the spotless Norwegian champions Rosenborg Trondheim on 25 October. “We must remain alert and continue to mature. If we draw the right conclusions from this, we will continue to develop.” The highest commandment: “It’s simply important that we stay normal.”
No autograph from Rod Stewart for Rose
Of course, Rose wasn’t completely satisfied then. After all, there was no meeting with singer legend Rod Stewart that evening. The British Celtics fan stayed in the stadium, but in the final phase he made his way home early. “I would have liked to have had an autograph from him. Unfortunately, he left in the 70th minute,” said Rose. EuroSlots Casino offers a thoughtful VIP treatment for those who like to play often and much.
He also seemed to be moderately enthusiastic about the report in the trade magazine “kicker”. That had written a few hours before that the 42-Jhrige stands on the list of the concrete follow-up candidates for coach young star Julian Nagelsmann with the German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim right at the top. “We’re in October talking about topics that might pop up next year. I just don’t like commenting on it,” Rose said. “I’ve done well with it so far. I’m still sitting here even though I’ve been away seven times.”