Lessons Learned: Marsch Evolves After Cup Win

Red Bull Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch isn’t basking in the glory of his Austrian Cup win just yet. Instead he is taking the moment to learn and impart that knowledge back to the team as the Austrian Bundesliga resumes in the coming days.

“We noticed that our motivation, concentration and personality on the pitch are even more important than is the case when spectators are there,” said Marsch when speaking on winning the cup in an empty stadium. “I have to congratulate my team for doing that really well over 90 minutes in the cup final. There was a chance to win an honor in the first match, and it was a good way to prepare for the Bundesliga.”

Rapid Vienna will be their first test after the final. Salzburg took command of first place in the Championship Round after LASK were deducted points due to unauthorized training sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This makes the situation a bit different, with Salzburg looking to defend their title as opposed to chasing a LASK team that appeared poised to win their first title.

Salzburg have had a roller coaster season thus far. Marsch started the campaign with one of the most talented squads in Europe. Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino were both taken during the January transfer window and injuries have plagued the squad in key positions. It appeared as if the era of dominance for Salzburg was waning. However, the cup win along with the extra motivation of being in first place, may be a driver to continue the success through the league campaign.

“We need to make a good start to the league,” said Marsch. “We have to be prepared for everything. We have played against them (Rapid) three times already this season and learned that their fighting spirit gives them a lot. We have to be ready for a very intensive match again this time.”

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