“Unfortunately we don’t have Mbappé”
Rangnick’s Austria descends into football misery
Thanks to the appearance of Kylian Mbappé, world champion France achieved its first victory in the League of Nations. The Austrians with coach Ralf Rangnick are suffering. Now you are in danger of being relegated from the A league. Disillusionment, but admiration for the superstar is also great.
Ralf Rangnick proved to be as sober as he was sharp after defeat by world football champions France. “I venture to say that if Mbappé had played for us, the match would have ended differently,” said the coach of the Austrian national team: “Unfortunately, we don’t have Kylian Mbappé.”
As a result, he and his select players no longer have their place in the Nations League A in their own hands. After going 0-2 against the French, who had to do without a large number of their top players, Austria are in last place in Group 1.
Bayern Munich’s Marcel Sabitzer made a mistake in the build-up to the play at the Stade de France in Paris and top scorer Mbappé couldn’t take it. “You can’t defend him alone, that’s impossible, you can’t defend everything against him overall,” said Christopher Trimmel, man-marker and captain of Bundesliga leaders 1. FC Union Berlin.
Winning is essential – against group leaders
The goal came eleven minutes after the restart. “The timing and the way we helped set it up was very annoying,” Rangnick pointed out: “You don’t get a goal like that, no matter how good the opponent is.” Olivier Giroud added nine minutes after Mbappé’s goal. “The only positive thing from the Austrians’ point of view was the result,” wrote the “Kleine Zeitung”: “2:0 can be considered a small success with a ratio of shots on goal of 22:4.”
Rangnick and his team desperately need a win on Sunday. Opponents Croatia, however, go to Vienna as group leaders and want to keep their lead. In addition, the Austrians have to hope for an embarrassment from France in Denmark. “We are playing Croatia at home, so of course we want to win, even if it will be a tough game,” said Marko Arnautovic, who can then become Austria’s record holder with his 104th cap.