Thursday, 15 September 2011

Getting to know you... Red Bull Salzburg

PSG have a 100 per cent losing record this season against teams named after energy drinks, and will be looking to put that right this evening when Red Bull Salzburg visit the Parc as part of the first round of games in Europa League Group F.

It’s unlikely to be an easy game for AK and the boys, as the Red Bulls currently top the Austrian League with four wins and three draws from seven games.

The club enjoyed a good run in the Europa League two years ago, winning all their group games before going out to Standard Liege in the last-32. Last year they stalled at the first hurdle, picking up just two points.

Coach Ricardo Moniz said: “PSG are a strong team for sure, but I am not over-awed. There’s definitely a difference to preparing for a match against them than versus Baumgarten or Mattersburg.”

Too right, Baumgarten and Mattersburg don’t sound like real places.

The Dutchman added: “We want to put in a fair showing in Paris and be more than just a sparing partner. “We need to prepare ourselves mentally and if we do that anything is possible – as we proved two years ago in the Europa League.”

Player-wise, amusingly named Brazilian pair Douglas and Alan are both out injured, but Lugano and co will have to keep an eye on Austrian international striker Stefan Maierhofer, who had an unmemorable two-year spell at Wolves before returning to his native Austria this summer, while another dangerman is Brazilian winger Leonardo (not that one) who counts Ajax among his former clubs and is currently on loan at Salzburg from another Dutch side, NAC Breda.


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