Rapid Vienna vs Altach by Goleador
Gameday 5: SK Rapid Wien - SCR Altach
For Rapid it wasn´t a good start in this season, although they are currently on 3rd spot. But when watching the games 5 points is just not enough after four games. Altach on the other side can be satisfied after three games (one games was cancelled; the games vs Admira will be played tomorrow (13.8.14)) to have four points as promoted team new in Bundesliga.
It´s the first time, that I write about my favourite team this season and there a lot new. The most important thing everybody was discuessing, were the transfers of four key players who left the club: Sabitzer (ATT/29/7), Boyd (ATT/29/15) and Trimmel (DEF/34/4) joined clubs in German 2. Bundesliga and Burgstaller (ATT,MID/30/11) will play at former Premier League club Cardiff. All the mentioned players were significant players in Rapids offensive game, Sabitzer, Burgstaller and Trimmer at the wings and Boyd as classic No. 9 as striker. However, I just can comment the transfer of Boyd and Sabitzer (to Red Bull) as a tactic to make Rapid (who were runner up last season) weaker. But back to Rapid: The other players that left the club are not that important or played any key roles. On the other side Rapid had to find adequate replacements: Schwab from Admira (MID/30/4), Kainz (ATT,MID/33/7) and Beric (ATT/35/10) from Sturm, Stangl (DEF/28/0) and Grahovac from Banja Luka (BiH/MID/27/2) are the most noteable new players. Until now only Schwab, Beric and Kainz played in the starting line-up, but Schwab wasn´t integrated very good, so he didn´t play the last game. Beric also didn´t show great games, but in the last game, he scored his first goal, and got his first red card, so he is suspended vs Altach. Instead of him Alar should play as striker, but he isn´t in good form at the time, although he is better than Beric in my opinion. The best transfer as I can estimate it from the performances is Kainz: he played good games and perfectly fits into the system, with many attack on the wings.
The first games of Rapid weren´t that good. A 6-1 loss vs Salzburg in the first game was a clear thing, but everybody knows Salzburgs strengh and quality now and some players had a really bad day in this game. The following games (1-0 home win vs Ried and 1-1 against Sturm and Admira) Rapid had the chance to score many goals, but the biggest weakness at the time is the efficiency. The win vs Ried could have been much higher, and the games vs Admira and Sturm Rapid was one man more on the pitch for a long time (40 minutes against Admira, until red card (minute 54) 1-0 for Admira; 45 minutes vs Sturm, 0-0 until red card (minute 31, red against Rapid in minute 76). So Rapid scored four goals in this season: one penalty vs Salzburg (at 6-0), one goal vs Ried, and two goals with one man more on the pitch.
Altach is new in Bundesliga and has 4 points after three games with 1-1-1 record. There were not many transfers on Altach side before the season as they tried to keep the team together and get a few reinforcements at the right positions. The most important player who left was definitly Harrer (MID/33/9) who goes back to Austria Wien after loan. Also to mention are Erhart (MID/20/0) and Neuhold (DEF/23/1). Some new players from Erste Liga and Bundesliga shall help to club to stay in league. Here to mention are defender Zwischenbrugger from Ried and midfielders Salomon from Austria Lustenau and winger Kovacec from Liefering. Altachs biggest strengh is the unity in the team. They don´t have such strong individual players like other clubs, but if their is a players to mention, then striker Aigner who scored the most goals for them last season and has many games of Bundesliga experience.
At the time Altach has just three games, as the game vs Admira was cancelled due to weather conditions and will be played tomorrow (13.08.2014). In the three games they scored two goals (one vs Sturm at home
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