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Preview: Salzburg Begin Title Defense Against Sturm Graz

Red Bull Salzburg will begin their defense of the Austrian Bundesliga title on Friday against SK Sturm Graz with new players and a new manager in charge. Matthias Jaissle has taken over for Jesse Marsch with the hopes of getting the team even further in Europe than in years past. All of that will begin with maintaining their place in the Austria.

Jaissle is another young manager that has come through the Red Bull system having been pushed through the youth system and then with FC Liefering. While with the second division club, he finished with a record of 11-3-3. Known as one of the earliest pipelines for teams like Salzburg and Leipzig, Liefering has proven to be a strong proof of concept for both coaches and players. 

Salzburg won't be starting with an easy fixture. SK Sturm Graz finished third in the Championship Round and qualified for the UEFA Europa League last season. They are expected to perform even higher this season and could push the ever transitional Salzburg club to the limit.

May new faces will have to step forward for Jaissle with the departure of Patson Daka, Masaya Okugawa and Andre Ramalho. Most of the new additions to the club have been in defense and midfield with the signings of Nicolas Capaldo and Bernardo from South America. Others that have already been with the club will also take a step forward. The likes of Mergim Berisha and Karim Adeyemi in particular will be watched throughout the season.


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