After the 2: 3 defeat against WAC, Red Bull Salzburg won the winter crown, but coach Jesse Marsch is extremely uncertain whether they will finish first again this season. The task is not getting any easier with the departure of Dominik Szoboszlai, and further departures could be threatened, as he revealed.
“I think we played well, but we didn’t defend well enough. It was almost the same situation as in the Sturm game. We played well after half-time and then we got two goals from our left flank in the transition game . And we have many chances to find the lead, “said Marsch after the game on Sky.
The American saw room for improvement in his team at both the front and the rear. “We scored a lot of goals, but we can be even colder and we need a better mentality to protect our goal. It is now a challenge for us to defend better. That is not just Cican (Stankovic, note) or the back four, it’s the whole troop. ” In the end, you take too little that can be counted from the games.
Jesse Marsch: title defense “won’t be easy”
Three defeats in the last five games are extremely unusual for serial champions. With Dominik Szoboszlai (moves to Leipzig), the Bulls lose a key player again in winter. And further departures could threaten, as he revealed: “We’ll lose ‘Szobo’ and maybe a few others too. There is always the possibility.”
Is the title defense in danger? Marsch predicts a close race next year: “The league is very close this season, we have four very good teams up front, the WAC is also very good. I think it won’t be easy.”
Salzburg striker Mergim Berisha already had a challenge ready: “We are the best team in Austria, that will not change. We are now going into the short break and then have to continue where we are actually strong.”
tipico Bundesliga: The table after the 12th matchday
|1.||FC Red Bull Salzburg||12||8||1||3||39:15||25|
|2.||SK Sturm Graz||11||7||3||1||22:5||24|
|4.||SK Rapid Wien||12||7||3||2||26:17||24|
|7.||SKN St. Pölten||12||4||3||5||23:23||15|
|10.||FK Austria Vienna||12||2||5||5||12:18||11|