Rapid player after Djuricin replacement self-critical

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“He gave everything for us and worked day and night for Rapid, that’s something to be highly appreciated. He has reached the team every day to this day and we have given everything,” explained Rapid Captain Schwab.

Vienna – On Saturday Rapid had a coach replacement, which was called by the fan scene for weeks and kicked by the players. The home 0:2 against St. Pölten meant the third league defeat in a row, and the performance that was offered fuelled the fear of missing out on the top 6 of the champions’ group – which is why sports boss Fredy Bickel was forced to separate from Goran Djuricin.

The Swiss did not blame either the outgoing coach or the players. “I don’t think they have a guilty conscience, they don’t have to,” said Bickel in the direction of Stefan Schwab and Co. The team simply wasn’t able to deal with the pressure. “I felt sorry for the players today, they really tried. I believe in their potential.”

“Team down”

When the professionals in the cabin were told that Djuricin had been relieved, he saw a “very depressed, calm crew that will be difficult to get up in the next two or three days,” said Bickel.

But there’s not much time for soul massage – on Wednesday the plane takes off for Glasgow, where it will play the Rangers in the Europa League on Thursday. Whether at this time the new coach is already certain, is open. According to Bickel there will be news on Tuesday, the evening before a Rapid board meeting is scheduled.

Whoever succeeds Djuricin will face a troupe of insecure players. “We have to see – I personally don’t know how – that we somehow get on our feet and see what the new coach is up to,” said Captain Schwab, admitting: “The loop has become tighter and tighter. We couldn’t withstand the pressure any longer”.

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The hoped-for reversal of the trend after the difficult ascent to the Cup on Wednesday in Mattersburg failed to materialise. According to Schwab, the victory in the penalty shootout “felt like a 0:4 blot for us and probably also for the coach. We couldn’t get out of this negative vortex, even though we were promoted. MegaWins has a great welcome package for you to claim and enjoy, featuring bonuses up to €1,000 as well as freespins.

“He gave everything for us.”

The midfielder said he felt sorry for his departure from Djuricin. “He gave everything for us and worked day and night for Rapid, which is something to be highly appreciated. He has reached the team every day until today and we have given everything, unfortunately it has not been enough.

Central defender Mario Sonnleitner expressed a similar opinion. “We’re sorry for the coach. He always gave everything, was very hard and worked meticulously, but unfortunately we didn’t bring the performances and results together”.

The Styrian was self-critical. “Such situations are never easy – you wish the whole team and the coach success, nobody let themselves down, we fought to the end, but it just wasn’t meant to be. The coach is then the weakest link, but we shouldn’t forget that we also played our part in it.”

“Must show European Cup performances in the league”

Now it is a matter of moving together as a team and remembering the positive experiences of this season. “We have to transfer our performances in the European Cup to the championship, otherwise this season will be a horrible one,” warned Sonnleitner.

Rapid made it to the Europa League group stage in the summer after advancing via Slovan Bratislava and the Steaua successor club FCSB to the European League, and is also in the Cup round of the last sixteen. In the championship, on the other hand, the Hütteldorfer are outside the top 6 with nine points from nine rounds. The lead over Altach is four points and 18 points behind Salzburg. (APA)

Early red and eleven awarded! Broke for Wacker in Mattersburg

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Ex-Wacker kicker Rene Renner scored both goals in the 2:1 victory of the Burgenland team over the Innsbruck team.

Mattersburg – FC Wacker Innsbruck are next to go bankrupt. The Tyroleans had to admit defeat 1:2 at SV Mattersburg. Ex-Wacker kicker Rene Renner, of all players, scored two goals (49th, 80th) to become the match winner for the Burgenland team. Ilkay Durmus scored a penalty and equalised the score for the visitors who had been outnumbered for a long time (52nd). For the eleven of coach Karl Daxbacher it is already the seventh defeat of the season.

Both teams had been in action in the Cup on Wednesday. While Mattersburg lost to Rapid after 120 minutes and penalty shootouts, Wacker Innsbruck in Neusiedl won 3:1 in the regular season. However, the Tyroleans experienced a horror start. Stefan Meusburger misjudged and was then forced by the breaking Martin Pusic to an emergency brake. After his foul after 56 seconds the working day of the central defender was over. At Jano’s due free kick from 17 meters the left outer pole (3.) saved.

Innsbruck continued to use a four-man defensive chain, with Roman Kerschbaum switching from midfield to the back, and after five minutes he had his first chance: Patrick Eler pulled out of a half-left position after a quick counter-attack, Mattersburg goalie Markus Kuster had to stretch himself.

Mattersburg then pushed the visitors into his own half, but was wasteful with his chances. Neo striker Pusic was a constant trouble spot, but either headed over the bar (8th) or shot Wacker-Goalie Knett after Julius Ertlthaler’s Stangl pass from close range (23rd). The goalkeeper from Innsbruck also successfully fought against Andreas Gruber’s subsequent shot. Four minutes later Ertlthaler hesitated too long (28th) into the back area after Gruber’s custom shot.

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In the 30th minute the cold shower was ready for the superior Schmidt-Elf: But Eler shot a penalty far over the goal. Alois Höller had previously blocked a violent shot from Daniele Gabriele with his arm (29th). Immediately, Knett successfully shortened the angle against Gruber (46.). To know more about the Pirate Slots, read it here.

After the change of sides, the focus was on Renner. The 24-year-old midfielder scored the 1:0 (49th) after Gruber’s tail flank, and two minutes later he was responsible for another penalty on the other side. Referee Dieter Muckenhammer had after Cheikhou Diengs shot again a punishable handball constituted. Durmus converted the penalty shot with stomach ache to 1:1 (52.). Kuster was still on the ball at the central shot of the Bundesliga premiere goalkeeper, but the ball found its way into the goal via the inner rod.

The hosts were also the more active and much more dangerous team. Knett defused a large number of Mattersburg’s big chances before he – decisively – misjudged himself: A corner kicked by Renner with a lot of cut sank over the Tyrolean goalie to the 2-1 goal (80th). Albert Vallci missed the Innsbruck opportunity for the Lucky Punch in injury time.