PREVIEW: Rapid look to restore pride

Rapid Vienna coach Peter Schottel knows pride is at stake as his side travel to Rosenborg in the latest match of their doomed Europa League campaign.

Peter Schottel

Neither side has any chance of progressing from Group K but Schottel is bothered by the fact Rapid are the only side left in the competition yet to register a point.

With just two games remaining to remedy that situation, Schottel knows the trip to Trondheim to face a Rosenborg side whose season is winding down could be their best opportunity.

Schottel told reporters at a press conference: "We want to wipe away this stigma.

"We face an opponent on equal terms, against whom we will have the best chance to score points.

"Bayer Leverkusen and Metalist Kharkiv are beyond our reach."

Leverkusen and Kharkiv both have 10 points from four games and are assured of places in the knockout stages.

While Rapid are still to get off the mark, the only points Norwegians Rosenborg have claimed came courtesy of their 2-1 win in the Austrian capital their first match in September.

Back then they were also challenging for their domestic title but their hopes crumbled in the closing weeks of the campaign, which ended last weekend.

Jan Jonsson's side were beaten by both of their title rivals Molde - the eventual champions - and Stromsgodset during a five-match losing run in all competitions, which included two defeats to Metalist.

Jonsson came under fire following his side's capitulation - they finished third, seven points behind Molde - but the club have backed him to continue.

Their success in the first meeting came after goals Tarik Elyounoussi and captain Mikael Dorsin either side of half-time.

Markus Katzer pulled one back and Rosenborg were fortunate to escape with the victory after Rapid's Deni Alar had a penalty saved.



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