Bundesliga: “Brutal” series throws Sturm astray

Obviously, the biggest success in years, the qualification for the Europa League, led the Styrians in a downward spiral in the results. Instead of finding a way out of the labyrinth of international and national requirements, Sturm has only found excessive demands so far. The last win came on October 17th in the home league game against SV Guntamatic Ried (1-0).

Against Austria, coach Christian Ilzer once again missed “liveliness and agility”, and playing advantages over Austria could not hide the offensive harmlessness (only two shots on goal). “Brutal” is the series of eight games without a win that Sturm is now confronted with, according to Ilzer.

Austria’s home win against Sturm

Things are currently going better than expected for Wiener Austria. The 2-1 home win against Sturm Graz prolongs the Styrian crisis, who are now eight competitive games in a row without a win.

Storm has to pay tribute

In the Europa League, his team meets opponents out of reach, and at the weekend you don’t manage to “win the championship games with a sovereignty where you may not always need the maximum of your strength. We are not that far yet. We have to see that. “

In Graz, the aim is to limit the damage. “We had a great lead that melted from lap to lap,” said Ilzer, speaking of the hope that “our starting position will not worsen until the Christmas break”. This requires a lot of mental work from him. “And not too much error orientation. Because the players have too much negativity and pessimism from what they have experienced inside anyway. “

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Christian Ilzer (center) is challenged in this difficult phase to get his team back on track

His team is challenged again on Wednesday. The supplementary game in Altach, which was caused by a coronavirus cluster by Sturm, is on the program. This is followed by the home doubles against Admira and Monaco, and an away game in Klagenfurt at the end of the year. After the derby, Austria will play a home game against LASK at their rival Rapid, who have equal points and are hoping for a coaching effect.

Schmid critical despite victory

Austria, on the other hand, did its job on the sporting stage. After the seventh unbeaten home game in the eighth appearance, coach Manfred Schmid had only one thing to criticize: “We played very well, we took the chances, but after the red card you have to decide the game early.”

“In the end you saw that a lot of experience was missing. But I still think it’s good of the boys that they want to play football and are ready to take risks, ”said Schmid. Ultimately, according to Schmid, in the club you are “absolutely convinced” of the young path. The fact that Huskovic and Aleksandar Jukic met two of their own generation was seen as a stage goal.

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Austria – Sturm 2:1 (0:0)

Vienna, Generali Arena, SR Schüttengruber

Goal sequence: 1: 0 Huskovic (48.) 2: 0 Jukic (76.) 2: 1 Sarkaria (81.)

Austria: Pentz – Teigl, Martel, Mühl, Suttner (39./Handl), El Sheiwi – Demaku (71./Schoissengeyr), Jukic (82./Grünwald), Fischer – Huskovic (82./Ohio), Djuricin (71./ Keles)

Sturm: Siebenhandl – Gazibegovic (74./Jäger), Affengruber (74./Borkovic), Wüthrich, Dante (57./Sarkaria) – Kuen, Gorenc-Stankovic (74./Lang), Niangbo, Prass – Yeboah, Jantscher (63. / Ljubic)

Red card: Kuen (58./Foul)

Yellow cards: Demaku, Jukic, Schoissengeyr or

The best: Huskovic, Djuricin, El Sheiwi or Niangbo, Affengruber

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Bundesliga: “Brutal” series throws Sturm astray