The Vienna-based team beat Spanish giants Villareal 2-1 after being 0-1 down at half time. Ahead of the match, Zoran Barisic warned his team by describing the Primera Division side as a “Little Barca” due to their style of play.
Now the Rapid coach must prepare his team for the upcoming Bundesliga match. On Sunday, the Green-Whites face Admira. The Lower Austrian side are sensationally in the lead in domestic football after overtaking Rapid. Admira are managed by ex-FK Austria midfielder Ernst Baumeister and Oliver Lederer, a former Rapid teammate of Barisic.
Rapid director Andreas Müller recently warned his team. Following the embarrassing 0-2 defeat against Altach in the Bundesliga, he declared the 2008 champions’ performance as “unworthy”. Now, after last night’s convincing Europa League performance, it seems as if Rapid have regained their infamous strength and skill.
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The Austrian Bundesliga after eight of 36 rounds:
Admira Wacker, 17 points
SK Rapid, 16
FK Austria, 15
SV Mattersburg, 15
Red Bull Salzburg, 14
SK Sturm Graz, 9
SV Grödig, 8
SV Ried, 5
Wolfsberger AC, 4
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