An Austrian team has never won the European Cup in Prague. In nine away attempts against the teams Sparta, Slavia, Bohemians and Dukla, three draws and six defeats were the highest of emotions. the LASK plays in Prague for the first time. If the Upper Austrians have their way, this negative series should end today, Thursday. It wouldn’t be the first duel this season against a Czech club. In the Champions League qualification, Rapid faced Sparta Prague. After the 2:0 victory in the first leg, the Hütteldorfer had to admit defeat with 2:0. This time, Linz will meet Slavia Prague, who are currently the leaders in the Czech league.
The club leads the domestic league with 19 wins from 24 rounds, with Viktoria Pilsen tied for second place. Most recently, they also celebrated a 2-0 win in the derby against Sparta Prague. The city rivals have mostly played second fiddle in the Golden City in recent years, although they have suffered two defeats against Sparta this season.
LASK trainer Andreas Wieland knows that a tricky task awaits with Slavia Prague. The team of Jindrich Trpisovsky, who is also known as the Czech Jürgen Klopp, acts very combative and robust, whereby the Prague team also distinguishes the pressing and the direct train to the goal. In order to improve the situation before the second leg in St. Pölten a week later, they are hoping for the efficiency that is often lacking this season. “We have to get something countable out of our chances to score, which we have numerous,” demanded Wieland.
However, both teams are struggling with personnel problems. The people of Linz have to do without Sascha Horvath and Andreas Gruber, both of whom are out due to illness. According to Wieland, Marko Raguz is “slightly injured” and was also not on the bus. Slavia, meanwhile, have worries in the defensive area. Ukraine’s Taras Kacharaba, who was recently appointed captain after the outbreak of war in his home country, and Oscar Dorley are suspended, while Czech team player Jan Boril is out with a long-term injury. In midfield, another international is likely to be absent in Lukas Masopust.