Marcel Sabitzer Shines as Austria Wins Group and Looks Ahead to Emotional Return to Leipzig

Marcel Sabitzer Shines as Austria Wins Group and Looks Ahead to Emotional Return to Leipzig

Berlin – On the field, Marcel Sabitzer always had an answer ready during Austria’s spectacular 3:2 (1:0) win against the Netherlands. With a powerful shot into the near corner (80th minute), the former captain of RB Leipzig decided the match, shot Austria to group victory and was deservedly named Man of the Match after an outstanding performance.

Sabitzer on Leipzig visits: “Very negatively charged”

At the press conference, where Sabitzer appeared after the game already showered and in a suit, the 30-year-old was also quick-witted. Asked about his return to Leipzig, where the round of 16 match against the second-placed team in Group F will take place on July 2 (9 p.m.), the Styrian replied: “My last receptions in Leipzig were always very negative. I was always booed, that really affected me,” said the later Munich player and current Dortmund player. “I don’t know why, because I always performed well there and was captain, that disappointed me.”

Many RB fans were upset that the top performer was leaving for FC Bayern. His current employer BVB is not particularly popular in the trade fair city either. Now, says “Sabi”, he expects the stadium to be full of Austrians, “that will definitely turn out more positively for me.”

Sabitzer moved to Leipzig in the second division in 2015 and led Rasenballsport into the Bundesliga and Champions League. From the beginning of 2020 until his move in 2021, he was captain.

Rangnick: “Becoming group winners is unbelievable”

His coach Ralf Rangnick, who was sitting next to him on the press podium, was a little more excited about returning to his old stomping ground. “I’m very happy that we can travel to Leipzig by bus. For me and a few players, it’s a trip to our old home and for some of them, our current home,” said the team manager. Konrad Laimer also played for RB alongside Sabitzer; currently, it’s Christoph Baumgartner and Nicolas Seiwald. Xaver Schlager will be out for a long time with a cruciate ligament tear.

The Leipzig audience can look forward to an energetic and courageous performance from the Austrians – a demonstration of Rangnick football with significantly more ball possession phases than in Leipzig. Thanks to the energetic counter-pressing and variable solutions in the offensive, the men from the Alpine Republic were always one step ahead of their opponents.

“We started the tournament with an unfortunate own goal against France. To then win the group is unbelievable. Anyone who predicted that is now a rich man,” Rangnick rejoiced. “What impressed me most today was the team’s reaction to the equalizers.” Austria knew how to counter each time the Dutch came back twice.


2024-06-25 20:48:00
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