CHATELAIN NARROWLY EDGES WIENER DERBY
After an intense game at Rapid's stadium, the Weststadion, it's Fethi Chatelain and Rapid Vienna that hold the bragging rights regarding who's the better football team in Vienna, after beating Austria Vienna 1-0. Supporters from both sides pulled off great shows before and during the match, contributing to the great atmosphere around the game.
Both teams showed various versions of the 4-4-2 formation, with Chatelain sticking to his low-block 4-4-2 against a 4-2-2-2 DM formation. With Rapid being unbeaten at this point, they were the obvious favorites, and they had a reason behind it - Their team is the best defensive team in the league, by a mile. They conceded only six goals in nine league games while scoring nine. They kept a clean sheet in three various occasions, five if cup games are included. Austria Vienna enjoyed a strong start as well but conceded two losses in the same number of games.
Rapid started the game with great pressure over Patrick Pentz' goal and the well-deserved goal came in just nine minutes after the match began. Stefan Schwab passed the ball to Robert Zulj, allowing the ex-Hoffenheim striker to curl a flat ball into the far corner of the goal. The crowd roared and Rapid were on the lead - It's 1-0 against their bitter rivals. From that moment onwards, Austria Vienna tried attacking back but failed to find the net during the following eighty minutes. This should be credited to Rapid's organized defensive play, disallowing their rivals from any easy chance at goal.
Rapid players celebrate an early lead.
Rapid Vienna's manager, Fethi Chatelain, was happy with the result, saying:
"Austria Vienna are a very talented side but we managed to exploit their weaknesses and get an early lead which we held onto throughout the match. I think we showed dedication and great motivation during the game, and I would like to thank the fans for pushing us through the whole ninety minutes."
Scott: Yeah, I definitely agree about the bargains, and I can safely say, the team is looking much, much better now.
LFC: Scoring is improving indeed!
Justice: I agree, it's just that most of the draws came from a 90+3 minute goal or something around these lines and it pissed me off. Luckily, I can say we're way more stable now so all good.