There is a new spirit in the Austrian national team – that was more than evident after the 1-1 draw against world champions France. The German neo-team boss Ralf Rangnick made it clear to ORF moderator Rainer Pariasek that there was “nothing to congratulate”.
And team captain David Alaba also got his frustration off his chest after Paris star Kylian Mbappé equalized late. “The disappointment is greater than the joy because there would have been more inside here,” Alaba told journalists in the catacombs of Happel Stadium.
Not being with the result shows “how hungry, how ambitious” the team is, how much they want to develop. And even more: “It just shows that we are maybe fed up with playing a certain kind of football somewhere, like we may have had over and over again in the years before.”
Full broadside against ex-coach Foda, who after all came with Austria to the round of 16 at the European Championships last year. “I think we woke people up with our game,” Alaba said.
You’ve seen what you’re capable of together with the fans. The Real Madrid professional also recognized a relapse in the second half. “We were lower, tried to keep the 1-0 somewhere,” said Alaba.
“One has certainly recognized a certain tiredness somewhere.” He himself had to leave the field prematurely with adductor problems. His appearance against Denmark on Monday is questionable.