A look at the table reveals: Our team has to write in full in the next three qualifying games for the Christmas World Cup 2022 in Qatar if you want to give yourself a desert ticket.
Around two months after the bitter end of the European Championship against European champions Italy, it’s now all or nothing. Of course, team boss Franco Foda, who has been gathering the players back in Vienna since Monday, also knows that.
Foda wants to “get as many points as possible”
Tomorrow we will go to Moldova, on Saturday the guest performance in Israel will follow. The international triple will end in hot autumn with the home game against Scotland on September 7th (12,000 tickets sold). The team has a duty in the three games, because only the first in the group is promoted directly. With a meager four points it will be tight for David Alaba and Co. Foda: “We always try to achieve the optimum, and that’s nine points. The most important thing is that we concentrate on the first game and win in Moldova. We have to definitely get as many points as possible. “
Team boss remembers comeback in European Championship qualification
Even if the starting position is anything but promising, the team boss (still) remains calm and refers to qualifying for EURO 2020. The team also made a stumbling block. “You have seen everything in football. We came back to the season opener after two defeats in the last European Championship qualification. That has to give the team confidence and motivation to play these games successfully.”
Thanks to the Nations League, play-off beckons in March
After all: Even if first place will probably no longer work out, Foda can still plan a play-off participation in March thanks to the Nations League group victory. The German doesn’t want to know anything about these arithmetic games and waves him aside: “We’re not dealing with the play-offs. Everyone plays to win games, not to deal with ‘what-if’ scenarios.” Therefore only three points will count tomorrow.