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The group stage of the Euroleague 2017/18 will be officially opened next Thursday, 14.09.2017. Group D are the four teams AC Milan, Austria Vienna, HNK Rijeka and AEK Athens. While AC Milan is the clear top spot in the first group place, the race for second place is very balanced. On the first matchday of group D the Rossoneri are a guest at the violets in Vienna. The match, which will be held at 7:30 pm in the Ernst Happel Stadium (capacity: 50,000 spectators), is managed by the Dutch impartial Serdar.
Austria Vienna :
After the second league table in the last season and the associated qualification for the Euroleague, FK Austria Wien have set themselves high goals at the start of the season: they want to take on place 1, the favored series champion Red Bull Salzburg and the Qualification for the Euroleague.
In preparation, everything went according to plan, with 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss (1-2 against Zenit St. Petersburg) from 6 preparatory games. While the cup contest was still a blue eye, the Ligastart was rather bumpy. In the 3rd (H 0-0 respectively A 2-1 against AEL Limassol) and the fourth qualifying round to the Euroleague (A 2-1 respectively H 0-1 against Osijek), they have been able to get through each other, but without playfully. Nevertheless, the end result and one of the season’s goals was already fulfilled, namely the qualification for the Euroleague group stage. The Ligastart was catastrophic for the violets, but after 3 rounds, they were still in the table after the games against Altach (0-3 away), Sturm (2-3 home) and Rapid (2-2 away) , In the following 4 matchdays the team from Thorsten Fink was better in form and could get 10 out of 12 possible points: 2-0 against the LASK, 3-1 against Mattersburg, 3-1 against the Admira and 2-2 against the WAC.
Despite the slogans of coach Thorsten Fink and sports director Franz Wohlfart the team as good as it is possible to hold together, has done a lot on the transfer market at the Wiener Austria. For example, the last season of the summer season was the same as last season’s season’s club, Olarenwaju Kayode (by EUR 3.8 million to Man City), Stryger Larsen (by EUR 1.2 million to Udinese Calcio), Petar Filipovic (um EUR 1.5 million to Konyaspor) and Lukas Rotpuller (Unemployed). This money was immediately reinvested by Kevin Friesenbichler (EUR 0.7 million from Benfica), Christoph Monschein (EUR 0.6 million from Admira), Florian Klein, Heiko Westermann (both without contract), Ruan, Ibrahim Abdullahi and Jin Lee (all borrowed including purchase option). Despite all the new entries, the squad will again have some young players on Thursday. The reason for this is the injured list of violets: besides the long-time injured Robert Almer, Lucas Venuto, and Alexander Grünwald, Tarkan Serbest (knee injury) is still questionable.
Since the success in the final of the Supercoppa against the favored Turiners (1-1, 4-3 n.E.) in December 2016, the AC Milan waits longingly for the next title. The win of the Champions League and the Champions League has already been 6 and 10 years respectively. This is to change with the company’s name by the Luxembourg-based Sino-Europe Sports Investment Management Changxing Co Ltd, headed by the Chinese manager Li Yonghong. The takeover rinsed Millions into the cash desk of the Rossoneri, which were promptly reinvested in the recently expired summer transfer window. Leonardo Bonucci (EUR 42 million from Juventus Turin), Andre Silva (EUR 38 million from FC Porto), Andrea Conti (EUR 25 million from Atlanta Bergamo), Matej from Hakan Calhanoglu (EUR 22 million from Leverkusen) Musacchio (EUR 18 million from FC Villareal), Ricardo Rodriguez (EUR 18 million from VFL Wolfsburg), Lucas Biglia (EUR 17 million from Lazio Rome), Franck Kessie, Nikola Kalinic and Fabio Borini (all borrowed including purchase option) Walk to Guiseppe Meazza Stadium.
The preparations for the Rossoneri continued to grow, while the two other test matches against Borussia Dortmund (1-3) and Real Betis (1-2) were lost. The season’s preparations were followed by a fulminant start to the season, winning all of the first 6 competitive games and holding a goal difference of 15: 1. Among them were the two league series against Crotone (3-0 A) and Cagliari (2-1 H), as well as the Euroleague qualifying match against Craiova (H 2-0, A1-0) and Shkendija (H 6-0, A 1- 0). In the first heat test of the new season, last weekend, in the third round of the Serie A, the team of coach Vincenzo Montella equaled the first slip and had Lazio Rome clear with 1-4. In the first round of the Euroleague, it is still unclear whether coach Vincenzo Montella can fall back on his attacked legal defender, Andrea Conti.