After returning from Windischgarsten on Wednesday afternoon, head coach Adi Hütter and defender Timothy Chandler addressed the media ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with FC Flora.

Adi Hütter on…

…personnel: “We have 20 players here, the rest of the squad has stayed in Windischgarsten. We’ll make a decision on Ante Rebic’s availability tomorrow. We still have just under 24 hours to make a decision. If he’s fit, he’ll play. If not, we won’t take any risks. For Timmy Chandler, the most important thing right now is to enjoy the moment, be fit and be with the team. He’s been through a lot but he’s on the right track. There’s obviously strong competition - I’m happy to have more options available to me in the full-back position. Timmy can play both on the right and on the left.”

…his expectations ahead of the game: “In general, we go into every game with a positive frame of mind. I expect Flora to be very defensive and well organised. Even though we’ve been training very hard recently I still expect an improvement from the first leg. We’re playing in a sold-out stadium, we want to reach the next round and want to put in a good performance.”

Timothy Chandler on…

…the team’s condition: “You can tell we’re in very good shape. We’ve worked very hard up to now. Personally, it’s very nice to be involved again and to have made my first appearance of the season in the Europa League. I’m just happy to be fit again.”

…Europa League excitement in Frankfurt:
“The demand for tickets in the second qualifying round is incredible, but it shows that people want to watch us. We’ve built something here in the last couple of years. The fans look forward to coming to the stadium for every game, which only increases the lads’ enthusiasm. When the stadium’s floodlights turn back on and we get to sprint across that pitch, the place will be rocking again.”


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