Brazilian forward ALAN of Red Bull Salzburg (27), who was purchased from FC Fluminense this summer for a reported transfer fee of 3.767 million Euros, stands with hands on hips as Blau-Weiss Linz players celebrate during the Austrian Cup match at the Linzer Stadion. (kronen-zeitung photo)
For Dutch coach HUUB STEVENS, the results continue a progression from bad to worse.
Third from bottom in the Bundesliga with one victory from the first five games and already knocked out of the lucrative UEFA Champions League before the Group Stage, RED BULL SALZBURG have now suffered further disgrace with defeat at the hands of third division side BLAU-WESS LINZ 3-1 in the second round of the OFB Pokal at the Linzer Stadion. (Austrian Cup).
To help put things into perspective, Blau-Weiss Linz have an annual operating budget of 400,000 Euros whereas Red Bull Salzburg spent 13.5 million Euros alone just on new players this off-season summer.
Red Bull made four changes from the team that lost 2-0 to English Premier League club Manchester City to start the Group Stage phase of the UEFA Europa League including the insertion of the back-up goalkeeper into the line-up :
Walke – Schwegler, Afolabi, Sekagya, Svento – Mendes da Silva – Pokrivac, Jantscher – Alan, Hierlaender – Boghossian
substitutes – Augustinussen, Cziommer, Wallner
27-year-old ALEXANDER WALKE, a summer signing from German second division side Hansa Rostock, was making his third start in goal, all in cup competitions, for Red Bull Salzburg this season; it was Walke who was between the sticks for the humbling 1-0 loss to tiny Faroe Islands side HB Torshavn back on July 20 during the UEFA Champions League qualifying phase.
Staging the Cup match at the home ground of Bundesliga side LASK Linz, the regional leaguers Blau-Weiss Linz assumed a 3-0 lead by the 65th minute and Red Bull Salzburg only escaped being shutout when Austria international striker ROMAN WALLNER scored in the 91st minute.
“It can’t get any worse than that,” stated Red Bull Salzburg Sportchef (sporting director) DIETMAR BEIERSDORFER in an article appearing at the official club website. “Naturally, the manner in which we are playing football at the moment is not acceptable…Of course you can get knocked in the Cup against supposed underdogs — but not like that.”
One can only wonder how long the Dutchman Stevens will be sticking around in Salzburg…