Having overcome Club Brugge in the Europa League round of 32, RB Salzburg are looking forward to a last-16 tie against Napoli this coming Thursday. However, their domestic campaign took focus over the weekend as Wolsfberger arrived at the Red Bull Arena hoping to cause an upset.
The visitors sat in fifth place heading into this game, 20 points off Salzburg in top spot. A comfortable 3-0 win for the home side saw that gap stretch to 23, with their respective league positions remaining unchanged. This analysis will look at how Marco Rose’s team came out on top.
Rose went with his regular 4-diamond-2 formation for this game, with Moanes Dabour and Smail Prevljak playing as split strikers. Hannes Wolf supported from behind but had freedom to roam between the lines. Talented young Malian midfielder Diadie Samassekou screened in front of the centre backs, while Darko Todorovic and Andreas Ulmer arrived in the final third to provide width.
Wolsberger varied between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-1-3-2 with Sekou Koita supporting Kevin Freisenbichler in attack. Whenever they pressed from the front, however, they tended to focus on applying pressure in numbers where access to the ball existed.
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