In the qualification for the Conference League: When the fans return, the favorite role should be mastered against Breidablik.
Demanded: Handl (left) is about to play the second European Cup
If warning words were needed, Marco Djuricin could say them in front of the team: The Austria striker has already seen what it is like to play against Breidablik and be eliminated from the European Cup. This disgrace against the Icelanders (0-0, 0-1 at home) happened in 2013 with Sturm Graz.
Of course, it is much more likely that the new top Austria leaders around coach Manfred Schmid and sporting director Manuel Ortlechner have already ensured enough humility before the Vienna's European Cup comeback.
Favorite in favorites
In Favoriten (6 p.m. / ORF 1 live) the foundation stone for the promotion against Breidablik is to be laid in the second qualifying round for the new Conference League. “We are the favorites, but Breidablik is a real yardstick for us,” explains Schmid. The Icelanders are traditionally strong physically and at standards, but they are more eager to own possession than the re-admitted fans could expect.
After the successful debut of Manfred Fischer, who is praised as an “absolute mentality player”, Luxembourg's team player Martins could also play on the right flank for the first time. Even the new head of defense Lukas Mühl could slip into the match squad after just one training session.
Offensive called for
After the 4-0 win in the Cup against Spittal, it will still be necessary to play defensively compact opponents: Between the Breidablik games, the league starts in Ried.
The next European Cup opponent is difficult to predict in the pairing Aberdeen – Häcken. What is certain is that it would be difficult for Austria in the play-off to make it into the group stage (and an entry fee of 2.92 million euros) as an unsettled club.