2,000 instead of 28,000 spectators!
This is how the sad reality is presented in numbers. The easing of spectator capacities makes the Bundesliga clubs cheer this weekend, but since Rapid against Salzburg takes place on Friday, the hit has to be played in front of a mini backdrop.
The reason: The Mozart townsfolk rejected the application to postpone the game to Saturday or Sunday. Preparing for the Champions League duel with Bayern Munich is too important, according to the league leaders.
Of course, Salzburg’s “no” caused disappointment at Rapid. Coach Ferdinand Feldhofer makes it clear: “It wouldn’t have been the other way around. We probably would have agreed, otherwise only 200 Rapid fans would have come to Salzburg and otherwise 2,000 would have traveled with us.”
The RBS cancellation in the direction of Rapid is annoying from the point of view of the green and white. “That would have been very important for us! The positive things first: We probably didn’t expect it to happen so quickly that spectators would be allowed back in the stadium. We’re happy about that, we can hardly wait for it. It’s unbelievable anticipation for this moment. Bitter for us is that it’s about a few hours, that we don’t have almost a full house on Friday. And that would of course have helped us – that’s also clear, “explains the SCR chief supervisor.
Nevertheless, there is a bit of understanding for Salzburg, who hyped the showdown against the German record champions as “Game of the Year”.
“There are moments when you can understand both sides”
“From a sporting point of view, there are moments when you can understand both sides. In this case, it’s a moment where shorter regeneration times are understandable. Nevertheless, it would have been really good for us if we had had more fans.”
Aside from the conflict with Salzburg over this issue, Feldhofer doesn’t think the Champions League game will have any impact on Rapid’s home performance against the Bulls.
It is not on the coach’s mind to assume that they might rest players or take a step back in terms of the highlight. “We’re canceling this hope, it’s not from me. We’re not hoping for anything from the Salzburg side. We’ll take care of ourselves and we’re well advised to do so. We’ll just try to get Salzburg where they don’t like it that much .”