Marcel Sabitzer determined to lead the way for Austria against Poland

Marcel Sabitzer
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Marcel Sabitzer wants to lead from the front as Austria look to kick-start their Euro 2024 campaign against Poland on Friday.

After falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat to France in their Euro 2024 opener, Austria are facing a must-win game against Poland on matchday two. The pressure is on Ralf Rangnick’s side in the group of death, and Marcel Sabitzer is ready to lead the way.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder wasn’t best pleased with his overall performance against France, and is determined to put in an improved shift on Friday. "I can do better than against France, I know that,” Sabitzer said during a press conference ahead of the Poland clash (via Sky Sport Austria). “I expect more from myself. I feel confident and I'm very, very motivated." 

Sabitzer usually plays in a more advanced position for Austria than he does for Borussia Dortmund. And he is keen to make his presence felt on the game, regardless of what role he plays. "I feel very comfortable in both positions. I play where the coach needs me and where he puts me, I always try to help the team."

The Austria captain knows that the pressure is on them as they look to turn things around and boost their hopes to qualify for the Euro 2024 round of 16. But he is relishing the big stage, and is confident that they have what it takes to come out on top.

"We weren't at our best without the ball in the last game. If we change that and implement our strategies and ideas on the pitch, we have a very good chance of winning the game."

Both Austria and Poland were beaten on matchday one, and will view Friday’s game as a must-win one. France and the Netherlands will square off in the other Group D clash on Friday evening.