Red Bull Salzburg manager Roger Schmidt insists it will be business as
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usual as his team attempts to book a place in the Europa League
The in-form Austrians returned from Basle last week with a 0-0 draw
which sends them into the return leg at the Red Bull Arena as slight
However, Schmidt has told his players to treat their latest mission the
same as any other game.
He told the club's official website, www.redbulls.com: "We have always
managed to focus strongly on the respective game without changing
"Therefore, the team should prepare itself as it has always done it."
However, defender Florian Klein, who will replace the injured Christian
Schwegler, admits he and his team-mates are well aware of what is at
Klein said: "For everyone in the team, it is probably one of the most
important games he has played at club level.
"It is a real cup final to decide who will be in the next round."
Salzburg head into the game brimming with confidence after a remarkable
run of games.
They are unbeaten in 16 matches in all competitions with the only one of
those not to result in victory the 0-0 first leg draw in Switzerland,
and sit a staggering 27 points clear at the top of the Austrian
Schmidt's men set a new Europa League record on their way to this stage
of the competition, winning all six of their group games home and away
before beating Ajax in both legs in the last 32.
They are unbeaten in seven European home games, winning all five Europa
League fixtures to date this season with Fenerbahce the only side to
deny them victory on their own pitch on the way to a 4-2 aggregate
victory in the Champions League third qualifying round.
Basle too are in good form having gone 12 games in all competitions
games since their last defeat, although their 5-0 league victory over FC
Aarau on Sunday was the leaders' first in four outings including the
draw with Salzburg.
Perhaps more pertinently, they have won none of their past three away
games in Europe since a shock 2-1 Champions League victory at Chelsea on
September 18 last year.