In the Gernot Lange Stadium, the first Tyrolean derby in the 2nd league will take place: Wattens wants to continue his series, Wacker II plans the surprise.
Cup end ticked off: “Only Wacker II matters”
Wattens – “The Cup is over. End of announcement.” Wattens trainer Thomas Silberberger didn’t want to say much more yesterday about the 0:3 bankruptcy in the second ÖFB Cup round in Hartberg. “Only Wacker II counts.”
And for today’s Derby opponent the Wörgler has above all praising words left: “The young Buam have nothing to lose. It is a great team: young, strong in running and playing”.
But the routine advantage is on the side of the WSG, which also wants to rely on its strength in standard situations. In addition to Clemens Walch, Flo Mader, who has torn a ligament in his ankle in Hartberg and is out of action until the international break, will also be missing.
Those regular players who were spared during the week are to return to the pitch today. Felix Adjei, among others, who made a lightning start in the Gernot Lange Stadium after a long injury break. With his speed and technique, the 27-year-old could become a weapon in the title fight. Two assists in just as many games for the man who came to Austria in 2010 from the RB Academy in Ghana underline this thesis.
With his performances, the former Viennese Neustädter also repaid the trust he had placed in him. “Who would fetch a seriously injured player?” asks Silberberger rhetorically. “After his knee injury in April, I called him and said: ‘We want you anyway’. He played back his confidence.” So it can go on for the “football professional through and through” in particular and the WSG Wattens in general. In the league, the runner-up in the table is already six games unbeaten.
WSG Wattens Achievements
- Austrian Second Division (West):
- Winners (1): 1968
- Austrian Third Division (West):
- Winners (4): 1989, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2016
Grumser: “Every game starts with 0:0”.
Innsbruck – Of course Thomas Grumser is aware that his foals are blatantly outsiders in today’s derby. This is confirmed by a look at the table and the squad of the Werksportgemeinschaft. But the Wacker coach would be out of place if he wasn’t also convinced that there’s something for his “boys” in the Langes Stadium: “And that’s what we’re going to do.”
The phrase that “David” Wacker II has nothing to lose at “Goliath“ Wattens, but can only win, only costs Grumser a pitiful smile. “Every game starts with 0:0 and you always have a lot to lose and of course a lot to win.” How can the extremely young Wacker team survive in Wattens? “To appear with a healthy self-confidence, to be present both offensively and defensively. We have a plan and we have to implement it consistently and concentrated,” Grumser is convinced that Wacker’s two-man team can surprise in the derby: “But then we also need the perfect day, everything simply has to fit together. You have to be as realistic as that.” Casino Calzone has an outstanding selection of online slots.
In terms of personnel, there won’t be much change for the Black Greens, who weaken in Tivoli but are still unbeaten away. Led by captain Murat Satin (22), the strong central defender Manuel Maranda (21), the “veterans” Simon Pirkl (21) and Alex Gründler (25), but with little help from the squad of the “first“, who is known to have enough problems of its own, the Innsbruckers speculate that they won’t have to travel home from Wattens empty-handed.