In Wednesday’s sold-out home game (9pm/live Servus TV and Sky), they must get points against Inter Milan to stay in the promotion race. But last but not least, the good performance in the 1:2 in the first phase is encouraging. “We want to take something with us, that’s the clear goal,” said coach Gerhard Struber, 46, ahead of the duel with the Serie A leaders.
Even though Salzburg did not have their usual dominance in the league and cup in October, they still performed well away to Milan. The Bulls left the pitch as losers, not necessarily as a worse team; Oscar Glaukh’s equalizing goal was ultimately unsuccessful.
Finalists from previous seasons may be given “a little space, a little time”. If you take away time and space from these players, we take away the quality,” Struber explained. “We have to take away the joy of playing football. With 30,000 spectators behind you, the feeling of something, with a flow. It is important to push forward with. This means that we can put pressure on the opponent at this level.
It is clear that “a lot of things have to come together” against the Italians, who will book their place in the round of 16 with a win. “Inter can do a lot with very little. It is often not visible, but in the end something great definitely happens. There needs to be unity within the team,” Struber demanded.
Salzburg are third in Group D with three points, four points each behind Inter and Real Sociedad, but still ahead of Benfica, who have no points.