"The whole game was a goat, the stadium went with every good action," Salzburg Hannes Wolf said. Because of the known constellation, an explosive atmosphere was created in the sold out arena in Wals-Siezenheim. With Ralf Rangnick, a former (and now unpopular) sports director in Salzburg, he returned to his old age as an opposing coach – it was a return to players Stefan Ilsanker, Konrad Laimer and Dayot Upamecan.
Not only spectators – those from Salzburg RB Leipzig later adopted with loud "farewell" choirs – they proved to be motivated, even to players. "The first 25 minutes of my team was great," coach Marco Rose praised. "We did not buy a cut. The people in Leipzig were very aggressive at first, they had many offenses, but we tried to play football," said Zlatko Junuzovic. The start of the stage gave Salzburg "a good feeling for the rest of the game," Wolf said.
"Salzburg was superior in the first 25 minutes"
The guests were confused about their problems at the beginning of the game. "The first 20 minutes have been exhausted," DFB team team Timo Werner criticized. "Salzburg was quite overwhelming in the first 25 minutes, because we have virtually no pressure solutions," said Ilsanker, who was appointed as the central defender of the three-way chain.
Leipzig was mumbling with some big flaws such as Kevin Kampl, Marcel Sabitzer or Emil Forsberg. Rangnick did not surprise his team, especially at the beginning. "Because we did not play with this form so far. From the 20th minute it was better, so there were eye-level matches." Meanwhile, both teams barely got the chance.
Even after the break, the picture has changed little. About 70 minutes the hosts put another tooth. "There are stages in the game where you need to save energy and hold the ball in its ranks, and after the break, the blend has gone very well, especially at this stage where we created more pressure," said Junuzovic, who was instrumental in it.
At the door "there was a lot of quality"
Like in Leipzig, former ÖFB Junuzović Risiko ("No Look") player entered and started an attack, which brought Fredrik Gulbrandsen back to victory. Assistant this time was not Hannes Wolf, who later missed the best odds of 2: 0 ("something worries me"), but Andreas Ulmer. "Instinctively, I guess Andy will make a way, but how we played it is very strong – because we are calm. It was a lot of quality," said Junuzovic, who has not lost the match with Salzburg yet.
Gulbrandsen ("Leipzig is now my favorite opponent") again decided this duel, Salzburg would be enough for sailing. Rose was proud of his team after winning the group. "Guys deserve it. It's important that you enjoy such moments that we have worked hard to achieve the middle goal, which is the cool number we are still in Europe," said a 42-year-old from Leipzig with his team to celebrate the fun of the club.
Rangnick remained disappointed with his former job, but this was primarily due to the result, and less to the performance of his team. "We knew that Salzburg was a top European team, and I think we did a good game with respect to the staff situation." We had a very good match to win. "Werner, who missed the opportunity to equalize, was delighted by 0: 1: We have a stupid goal we've got, everyone knew the constellation, it would be an important victory. "
Leipzig needs Salzburger Schützenhilfe
Because Leipzig not only has to win against Rosenborg the last day, but to build on Salzburg Schützenhilfe. Only if the Austrian champion wins at Celtic, Leipzig can still pass the Scottish. This Salzburg also wants to leave the championship in the legendary Celtic Park, where it was the first Austrian club to win the Scottish Territory in 2014 (3: 1), is in the DNA team. "We want to get three points if Leipzig helps, then it is," Wolf replied to the question of a possible club career support career from Germany.
Salzburg is already in the phase of equalizing the Europa League for the sixth time. Last spring, the run ended only in the semi-finals, when after extra time they broke short of Olympique Marseille. Repeating such a course in this form looks nothing but impossible. In that context, the two victories against Leipzig have a special significance. "Not necessarily because of Leipzig, but because it is the best club in Germany. This shows our level at which we are currently playing," Wolf said.
"This is not a history of money"
Salzburg was without a defeat at home for 53 home games and have not lost their place as losers in 27 games this season. "This is not a history of money, as many say, here is something created, we have excellent guys with a very high quality, it was a process, a very good infrastructure, good development The past season was already extremely strong at the international level, boys continue to do it. And for me, who's new, it's fun, "said Junuzovic, who sees intense competition as the key to" such achievements. "
"Because some players will make a big career, they are still so young, but they are very mature for their years, they know what they are and are always ready." So we were the first in such a strong group, and that did not happen, "he said. is a 31-year-old veteran. After the fifth fifth win in the fifth game, it is now clear that Salzburg will play in spring in Europe.
Europa League, Group B, the fifth day of the game
Salzburg – Leipzig 1: 0 (0: 0)
Wals-Siezenheim, Red Bull Arena, 29,520 spectators, SR Grinfeld (ISR)
Goal: Gulbrandsen (74th)
Salzburg: Walke – Lainer, Ramalho, Pongracic, Ulmer – Samassekou – X. Schlager, Wolf (87./Daka), Junuzović – Gulbrandsen (76./Minamino), Dabbur (92./Prevljak)
Leipzig: Mvogo – Ilsanker, Orban, Upamecano – Mukiele (70./Klostermann), Cunha, Laimer, Bruma, Saracchi (78./Halstenberg) – Werner, Augustin (62./Poulsen)
Yellow cards: Lainer, Schlager or Ilsanker, Bruma, Cunha