Altach ahead for self-accusing Rapid

Rapid have been showered with criticism by their own fans after picking up just one point in the first two matches of this season.

Supporters hit out at the team on social media over an alleged lack of fighting spirit and poor tactics in Sunday’s draw with SKN St. Pölten.1

Rapid took the lead twice in front of more than 7,500 fans but the home side powered back to make it 2-2. Commentators already warn that fresh turmoil ignited by some supporter associations cannot be ruled out if things do not take a turn for the better next weekend.

The Green-Whites face Altach at the Allianz Stadion at 5pm on Saturday. The clash will be the second home fixture of the 32-time league champions after a 0-2 defeat against Red Bull Salzburg.

St. Pölten’s draw with Rapid is highly remarkable given the Lower Austrian club’s scarce resources and the manner in which they have been plucked apart for their best players in the past few years. The side coached by Alexander Schmidt suffered a humiliating 0-3 defeat in Graz against Sturm in the first Bundesliga round.

After the loss against St. Pölten, Rapid captain Stefan Schwab made some sort of self-denunciation. “We weren’t really confident. We made mistakes (before the goals we conceded) like in kindergarten,” the former Admira player stressed.

Manager Dietmar Kühbauer – who might be able to call up Richard Strebinger, who got injured against Red Bull, against Altach – commented his team’s performance on Sunday saying: “I’m not just disappointed, I’m also angered.”

Meanwhile agents are trying to lure Rapid defender Mert Müldür to the Serie A, according to the Kronenzeitung. Midfield strategist Thomas Murg has been linked with a move to Bremen after Werder executive Frank Baumann was spotted at the Allianz Stadium. Only last week, Rapid director of sports Zoran Barisic confirmed the signing of Japenese striker Koya Kitagawa.


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