Red Bull Salzburg hope to put the late season disappointments behind them and start the 2018-19 season off right in the Austrian Cup this weekend against ASKO Odet. Marco Rose’s team remembers well how last season ended with a 1-0 loss in the final to Sturm Graz. That loss ended a four-year reign for Salzburg and gives them motivation to climb back up the mountain in 2019.
Salzburg Starts Season with Austrian Cup Test
If the reigning Austrian Bundesliga champions are to succeed they will have to do so without highly touted prospect Samuel Tetteh. The Ghanaian international suffered a major knee injury that will keep him out for some time. All of this on top of the usual rumors that swirl around Red Bull teams because of their production of young players. Still, it is expected that Rose and his team will be more than a match for Odet this weekend.
Get Ready for Another Bundesliga Season
To say Red Bull Salzburg has been dominant over the past ten years would be an understatement. Since the 2008-09 season, the team has won a remarkable eight championships with five of those campaigns producing a double with the Austrian Cup. Last year may have been their most dominant performance under manager Rose who brought his own flare to the typical Red Bull “high-energy” system.
This year they open their campaign against LASK who finished in fourth place last season and finished 24 points behind Salzburg in the table. LASK did hand Salzburg one of their three losses in the league, a 1-0 win back on April 8th. Joao Victor produced the goal. The reigning champs are hoping to avoid a similar story and will be looking for quick start to their campaign ahead of Champions League qualifiers in the coming weeks.
Who to Watch
Israeli striker Moanes Dabour led the team in goals last season, scoring 29 goals in 52 appearances. Most of those goals came in the league where he took home the golden boot award with 22 goals. At 26 years of age, Dabour is reaching his peak performance and has thrived under Rose. In years past he has spent time out on loan, specifically with Grasshopper in the Swiss Bundesliga. Now, he has become a major fixture of the Salzburg offense and will be the catalyst to get this season going right for the team.
Malian midfielder Amadou Haidara has turned heads this last year as well, scoring eight goals in all competitions and making 55 appearances. Haidara has been with Salzburg since 2016, going from potential standout in his teenage years to championship level midfielder at the age of 20. His development will be key for Salzburg to maintain their dominance over the Austrian Bundesliga and expect him to be featured prominently in the upcoming games.