Champions League
Champions League

It is done, Red Bull Salzburg is ready for further action. It’s a historic Tuesday, the first match in the Champions League. You have respect, not fear Genk. Not only midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic is happy. “It will be an emotional madness, and we will go in with heart and soul.” The standard already gives some answers.

Question: How did Salzburg and Genk qualify?

Answer: Automatically, the national championship titles were enough. Belgium has a fixed place, Austria not, but this time the circumstances were favourable. As the finalists, so Liverpool and Tottenham, occupied one of the top four ranks in the Premier League, Salzburg came to the train. Because Austria is 11th in the Uefa Nations ranking, they inherited the reserved starting place for the winner.

Question: Where are the games to be seen?

Answer: Live in the stadium, if you got tickets. The three home games in the Red Bull Arena were sold out before the opponents were zugelost. The cat was bought in a sack but was not deceived with Liverpool, Napoli and Genk. There is darkness in both public and private, royalty-free television. Paying channel Sky shows four of the six group matches live and exclusively as a single game. The games in Naples (4th matchday) and at home against Liverpool (6th round) will only be broadcast in the conference. In full length, they run the streaming service Dazn. Sky Austria boss Uwe king stated that the Salzburg games “correspondingly large occupy”. Marc Janko analysed.

Question: How much money will be distributed in the Champions League?

Answer: The Uefa distributes a total of two billion euros. Each of the 32 teams gets a starting bonus of 15.25 million euros. For every win there are 2.7 million, a draw is rewarded with 900,000 euros.

Question: The mode?

Answer: There are eight groups of four. The first and second each rise in the second round, the third may comfort themselves with the knockout stage in the Europa League. The fourth had terrible luck. On May 30, 2020, the finale will take place in Istanbul.

Question: What is Salzburg’s coach Jesse Marsch counting on and hoping for?

Answer: On the mentality, the self-confidence, the class. “Yes, we have to win,” said Marsch. “We are well prepared, but we need to improve once again, and I expect to do that.”

Question: How is Genk to be assessed?

Answer: KRC Genk (Royal Racing Club) is a four-time national champion. In contrast to Salzburg, the league started poorly, and the defending champions are ninth five points behind Standard Liège. As with Salzburg (march precious rose), there was a change of coach. Philippe Clement went to Club Bruges, Felice Mazzu was appointed by Charleroi as successor. The 53-year-old gives his CL premiere. “We have to show a big heart in Salzburg and be present in the sixteenth.” The value of the squad is provided with 124 million euros (Salzburg about 90).

Question: What is Salzburg’s record against Belgian clubs?

Answer: In six matches in the Europa League, there were three wins, one draw, two defeats. Most recently, the Salzburg sat in the sixteenth final against Bruges last season. After a 1: 2 away they won at home in furious manner 4: 0. In the other games, Standard Liège was opponent.

Question: Is a victory against Genk obligatory to ascend?

Answer: The ordinary footballer hates the term mandatory victory. But yes, three points would be necessary because Napoli and Liverpool are far higher in Group E than Genk.

Question: Who is in focus?

Answer: Crucial, says the Phrasesschwein, always the collective. Unless you have Messi or Ronaldo. Salzburg and Genk each have a young Norwegian. The 19-year-old Erling Haaland mixes up the Bundesliga, and the centre forward has netted eleven times in seven rounds. Its market value is growing every hour. Currently, there are an estimated twelve million. Genk answers with Sander Berge, and he is in defensive midfield, half the Premier League is hungry for him. He played 16 international matches, Haaland two. Mountains cost 22 million.

Question: How did Austrian clubs beat so far?

Answer: Rather modest (see graphic). Sturm Graz is the Croesus, in three participations there were seven victories. Rapid played twice, losing ten and drawing two. Most recently, the Viennese Austria mitten (2013/14) was allowed. Austria has represented for the eighth time thanks to Salzburg. (Christian Hackl, 16.9.2019)