At the On Friday at 5.30 p.m. Austria will play against Italy in Lignano and on Tuesday (6 p.m./live ORF Sport+) in Wr. Neustadt versus Slovakia. In addition, the games are an opportunity to promote personnel change.
“A very big dream of ours was shattered,” said midfielder Sarah Zadrazil on Thursday about the end of the World Cup play-off.
Red-White-Red was beaten 0:1 by the Scottish team at the beginning of October. The results against the “Azzurri” and Slovakia are therefore “a bit irrelevant”, confirmed Zadrazil.
“All in all, it’s about ticking off the last course,” said striker Nicole Billa. The opponents are also ideal with regard to the Nations League, which starts in 2023. “These are two opponents, as they await us in autumn. Italy is a very unpleasant opponent, very lively, often difficult to read because they act intuitively and individually,” reported Billa about the world ranking 14th, which one had in the last duel, a test in 2021 in Wr. Neustadt was defeated 2:3.
“We’re going through a certain change, there are debutantes. I’m happy to be back, although it was a bit difficult at the beginning because of the failed World Cup qualification. We have to get it back mentally first,” admitted Zadrazil. In terms of play, it’s important to “focus on playing with the ball again, it wasn’t optimal against Scotland and the way we’d like it to be”. The 29-year-old Bayern Munich legionnaire expects “duels on an equal footing” against both Italy and Slovakia.