“We will only make a big leap with three points. Our clear goal is a win in Klagenfurt: Then we have a big final ahead of us,” said the coach Manfred Schmid to the starting position. Two laps before the end is the Austria (4th, 23 points) still in the race for the European Cup places, the gap to third place, which means a fixed place in a group phase, is currently only two points. Recently, the violets played in the direct duels with the city rivals (3rd, 25th) and the WAC (5th, 22nd) each draw:
“Even if the results weren’t always what I wanted, I’m satisfied with the form my team is in. Except for the away game in Salzburg, the performances in the games of the last few weeks have been very ok, sometimes even very good. We would now like to continue that against Klagenfurt,” explains Manfred Schmid.
Good balance & offensive solutions
Austria Klagenfurt (6th, 20) recently lost 2-1 to Sturm Graz and before that they drew 2-2 in Hütteldorf. The violets are still waiting for a win against the promoted team, all three matches of the season ended in a draw: “The previous duels show that the game in Klagenfurt will not be an easy task. Every team in the league finds it difficult against the Carinthians because they defend very well. We need a good balance, offensive solutions and efficiency. At the same time it will be important to be wide awake in the rest of the defense because Austria Klagenfurt is dangerous in the transition game,” says Schmid.
Eric Martel returns to the team after being suspended. Marco Djuricin is just as questionable for Sunday after his concussion in the Vienna derby as the injured central defender Lucas Galvão. Otherwise, only the long-term absentees Ziad El Sheiwi, Georg Teigl and Muharem Huskovic are missing.