The countdown is on!
On "Labor Day", SK Rapid will not be able to spit in your hands if you want to finally win the ÖFB Cup again after 24 years.
With RB Salzburg, the new edition of 2017 offers once again an unbeatable opponent – at first glance. For 2018 Sturm Graz succeeded in Klagenfurt the Cup miracle, and Rapid was able to defeat the bull in the last duel of the championship.
The necessary respect is there, but especially the coach Didi Kühbauer does not want to give in advance in advance. Avoiding the opponent even more than he already is, the Copa winner avoids 1995, as he does not want to overvalue Mozartstädter's ultimate ultimate experience: "Sure, they had some more games where the stress was higher but we're going to deliver a good game, I do not want to glorify Salzburg now, "said the 48-year-old Burgenländer.
"They really played a very good season last year and they have made a really incredible international season, they are also very, very good nationally this year, and yet it's a game where everything can work for us and of course it's clear that we are expecting immense opposition, but it will still be a good match. "
"Burning to finally bring the Cup titles back to Hütteldorf"
Qualitatively, RBS is about to provide Rapid, Kühbauer also admits. For Salzburg, however, it would be a trophy more in the showcase, even the championship seems so just a matter of time to be.
For Rapid, but much more is at stake. On the one hand, it is the already discussed long and dry period of the competition, on the other hand, to save the whole season. For the Cup win would mean at the same time the qualification of the European Cup direct and the white-green much stress and uncertainty with playoff games and in the case of qualifying matches for the Europa League spare.
"Every player knows exactly what is at stake," said the coach. As he himself admits, there was not much talk about the loser against Hartberg (final score 3: 4). "The main focus is in Salzburg," because I think the game is much more important and because there is a lot at stake now, we want and we have to do a great job so that we can win the long awaited Cup title. " like me, that we present a great performance at 16:30, "Kühbauer picks up his players in honor.
Therefore, goalkeeper Richard Strebinger admits: "We are all on the verge of finally bringing back the Cup title for Hütteldorf." The 26-year-old striker faces his first grand final. Two years ago, Tobias Knoflach was allowed to play the final against Salzburg.
"Shivers" even before the final
Now Strebinger beats the big time. The experience of the season, the incredibly close match and the madness of the fans in Klagenfurt were also a theme in the booth before the recent duel at Wörthersee Stadium.
"Of course we talked about this on the team, most were already there two years ago, not only because it was the final but also the whole thing out there with our fans, who still cause shivers or already, if Thinking on Wednesday, you can have such positive feelings despite the defeat two years ago, so we are really looking forward to it, and I am firmly convinced that we will deliver superior performance. "
Kühbauer about 1995: "Many players were not even born there"
Memories are beautiful and good, positive feelings as well. But if they really help, it remains to be seen. Also the big topic, if Kühbauer closes the circle and after his title as a player now also as coach for the surety of Rapid success, puts the top adviser in the background.
"It was a long time ago and it was an incredibly beautiful story, but I do not think I have to impress the boys, no matter what we did a few years ago, some players were not even born there. Much more important is what the boys are doing now ".
Rapid wants to make Rose without favors
That rehearsals of both teams failed – Rapid lost at home to Hartberg, Salzburg in the WAC – changes according to Kühbauer nothing to the sign or planning of the game.
"I'm sure they do not come with an unstable team, just because they lost to Wolfsberg," said the chief counsel.
Even the extra motivation for Salzburg, Marco Rose saying farewell before his change of Gladbach nor the Cup title, makes the coach not very afraid, even though he has been highly responsible for the performance of the RBS coach. "I can only say the best about him, he has won almost everything in the last two years."
In this regard, he emphasizes – but after a brief indication that the Cup title has not yet been collected and therefore is still missing in his collection. Hütteldorfer wants to avoid this at best.
"We have to be smart and brave"
Rapid feels well prepared. Everyone knows each other from the inside out, knows the strengths of the opponent and also the style of play will not change much. Strebinger knows what will happen to the reigning champion.
"We have to face the duels and know that they are going through the second round and by the pressure, proving that we can face it, are hard enough and can face the duels," said the goalkeeper, emphasizing how ball losses are dangerous. Could be throwing away.
"We have to be smart and brave, but do not play too risky," Strebinger points to the gold medal. It is not yet clear who exactly will run. The plan has in mind the training team, not just one hundred percent.
A question mark is still behind Boli Bolingoli, who retired wounded against Hartberg. He should not have broken or broken, but Kühbauer does not want to reveal any details. Foot problems are, as in the professional leagues of NHL and Americans, he wants to specify only the region, but not the ankle, etc. However, he does not want to exclude a Belgian bet of one hundred percent – thus, it is hoped, apparently still in the green and white field.
Penalties will be trained – would be the third trick
Locked is also nobody, as Thomas Murg against Hartberg saw only red-yellow. Kühbauer does not have the risk that one or another player loses the courage with his back to the wall.
"The team is prepared mentally to be a cunning and hot game." In addition, he emphasizes that his team is not in any undisciplined way, he should not be afraid that his players will not join.
That this could be heated is not surprising because of the last duels of the two teams. In the final, it could also be longer – that is, if the decision in extra time or a penalty shootout had to be taken.
"911 is definitely rehearsed," reveals Kühbauer, saying he does not want to leave anything to chance. It all worked in the semifinals against LASK, and in the second round of the Cup against Mattersburg they also prevailed in the penalty shootout. "I would not mind if it worked the third time," smiles Kühbauer.
The fact is that a green and white triumph in Klagenfurt would trigger a mega-party – whether after 90, 120 minutes or a penalty shootout thriller.
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