Salzburg (dpa) – German-Austrian duels always have a special charm in football. Of course, this also applies to the competitive premiere between Red Bull Salzburg and FC Bayern Munich in the Champions League, especially since the two cities are only about 150 kilometers apart.
“It’s a shame”, says RB coach Jesse Marsch, who has a past as an assistant coach at RB Leipzig, only that the strength test in the group match on Tuesday (9pm / Sky) in the 30,000 seat Salzburg Arena due to the fact that it is also in Austria. newly tightened Corona requirements must take place entirely without fans. The outsider will lack support.
INITIAL SITUATION: Bayern leads Group A six points ahead of Atlético Madrid (3) and Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow (1 each). For Marsch, Munich is currently the best team in the world – “without weaknesses”. If the defending champion achieves the 14th consecutive victory, the transition to the second round after the first half of the group stage is as good as made. “We enter the game as underdogs. But last year we could hurt the defending champion a lot, that is also possible this year”, said former Zlatko Junuzovic from Bremen, recalling the Salzburg 3: 4 away and 0: 2 at home against FC . Liverpool last season.
STAFF: Hansi Flick will again largely take care of the formation that defeated Madrid (4: 0) and Moscow (2: 1) in the first group matches. The striker Robert Lewandowski, who was spared 2-1 in Cologne over the weekend, returns in the attack. “I think the break was good for him,” said Bayern coach Flick. Corentin Tolisso, recently banned from the league again, can play in the premier division again. National defender Niklas Süle is out after a positive corona test.
HOME GAME: In his 85th game in the highest league, David Alaba plays for the first time against a team from his home country Austria. “The expectation is of course huge. It’s always nice to go home – and a Champions League game makes it all the better,” said the 28-year-old. He judges Salzburg as a dangerous opponent. “They try to play very fast, modern, attractive football, very aggressive with the ball.” Alaba will take center stage, especially after the contract offer was withdrawn by FC Bayern. How does he react? How does he present himself in the game afterwards?
RETURNERS: For Hansi Flick, the Salzburg game is a return to its own past. In 2006 he worked for several weeks under Giovanni Trapattoni and with Lothar Matthäus in the coaching staff of RB. “It was so that Lothar called me at the time and said he would be the head coach in Salzburg and whether I would like to become his assistant coach. Trapattoni should become sports director,” Flick said Monday.
Then it turned out differently. Trapattoni would rather be the head coach. But that was not the reason for his very short Salzburg intermezzo, Flick reported: “I really liked it. Red Bull Salzburg is a top club. The city was also very beautiful.” But then Flick received a call from national team coach Joachim Löw, who wanted him to be an assistant for the German national team. “I didn’t have to think for a second whether I would accept that,” said Flick. A good decision: together they became world champions in 2014.