LASK is hopeful about its first appearance under Andreas Wieland. Unlike in the Bundesliga, the Linzers can look back on experiences of success in the European Cup. This should inspire the start of the Conference League. On Thursday (6.45 p.m. / live Sky), Finland’s champions HJK Helsinki will not only score three points, but also make the turnaround. However, the LASK has to do without some of the regular staff.
Before leaving for the north, Wieland found self-critical professionals. “It was definitely the case that the players questioned their performance,” said the 38-year-old, who inherited Dominik Thalhammer on Monday. The former co-trainer will initially look after the athletes until the winter break. Peter Michorl noted that Wieland’s first speech was “snappy”. The midfielder said before the game in Helsinki: “We want to put everything back into perspective quickly. Internationally, we can show what we can do. That has worked very well in recent years. “
Personnel reinforcements were largely absent. The players Philipp Wiesinger, Marko Raguz, Petar Filipovic, Yannis Letard and Alexander Schmidt who were missing in the 2-0 draw against Austria are still out. After all, Rene Renner made the trip. “The personnel situation is not nice,” said Wieland. He does not want to shake the basic orientation of the team. They will continue to play proactively against the ball, “as it is known at LASK”, and want to look for the direct move forward.