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Austria’s new goalkeeper – Früchtl knows Viennese smack from “Schlawiner” Alaba

The three newcomers (Baltaxa paused with an ankle injury) had with them: 1.96 m giant Haris Tabakovic should use his “power and physicality”, returnee James Holland brings routine, Christian Früchtl is considered the successor to Patrick Pentz. At Bayern there was no way for Früchtl – apart from the two-man team – to get past over-keeper Manuel Neuer except for 9 Bundesliga minutes in the end of the season. “Nevertheless, every training session with him is worth its weight in gold, you learn a lot from it,” says Früchtl, whose compatriot and new captain Lukas Mühl has already shown him around Vienna. And the Viennese joke? “I know from David Alaba! He was – especially when he played with Ribéry in Munich – a real rascal!” A “rascal” would also help Violett offensively: “Just one striker with nine goals (note: Marco Djuricin) is not enough. We have at least eight additional international games, so you have to be able to rotate,” said Schmid. Midfielder Reinhold Ranftl (30) was loaned out by Schalke.

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