Profimannschaft 02/08/2019, 01:27 PM
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JEGGO IS EXCITED FOR THE SPRING SEASON

The 26-year-old had the shortest winter break of all Austria Wien players due to being a part of the Australian national team in the Asian Cup. The Australian talks about how he feels, takes a look ahead to the first competitive games in 2019 and tells us his big goal for the spring: The Cup victory at home in the Generali-Arena.

© Bildagentur Zolles KG Jeggo is excited for the spring season
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THE LAST GAME OF THE BASIC ROUND WILL BE IN GRAZ. © Bildagentur Zolles KG

After his first goal for Austria Wien, to the important 2-1 on December 16th in a 6-1 derby triumph, Jimmy Jeggo only had four days off to visit his grandparents, brother and best friend in Australia. Afterwards the preparation period with the Australian national team for the Asian Cup waited for him in Dubai.

"The few days I had off were great," he admitted, after spending nearly a month in the United Arab Emirates with the ‘Socceroos’.

Although our defensive midfielder did not play in the Asia Cup, which ended for Australia in the quarter-final (1-0 against the host UAE), he still took a lot of positives things with him. "Even though I didn’t play, I took along a lot of positive things and learned a lot as well," says Jeggo.

I feel really good, physically I am absolutely ready." JIMMY JEGGO

Winter break without many days off - nothing new for Jeggo

During his second tournament participation after the Confed Cup he trained at a high level. Working during the European winter break is nothing new for the Australian. He is used to it from the time he played in the Australian league, where in December and January, during the local summer, a lot of games are played.

This is now a benefit for him with Austria Wien, the late entry into the team training was therefore also easy: "I feel quite good, physically I am absolutely ready."

Of course, Jeggo has less playing practice than his teammates, who have already played four friendly matches. "Jimmy" played in Belek against Red Star Belgrade for over an hour and hopes to play on Friday (Generali-Arena, 3 PM, AS Trencin / Slovakia) or on Saturday (Training Courts, 10 AM, against FCM Traiskirchen).

The first four games are like finals. We know where we stand and what we have to do. JIMMY JEGGO

"We want to secure our place in the champions group as fast as possible"

Our Aussie looks forward to the start of the spring season with anticipation. He is focused on the final phase of preparation and the first competitive games of the new year. On February 2nd (7 PM / live ORF Sport +) the Cup quarter-final in Graz against the GAK and on February 22nd (7:30 PM) the next game in the league against LASK.

In the championship, the ‘Violets’ want to secure their place in the champions group as fast as possible. "The first four games are like finals. We know where we stand and what we have to do. After the derby victory, we're in a good position for the end in the basic round," says Jeggo, who celebrates his 27th birthday on February 12th.

It's up to us, emphasizes our man with the number four on the jersey: "If we perform well and score points, then we will hopefully be in the champions group before the match against my former club." He’ll meet his former club Sturm Graz on March 17th (5 PM) in the Graz Merkur Arena.

Then we can attack with the halved points and target our goal. JIMMY JEGGO

"We want to win the cup at home on May 1st"

For the Australian born in Vienna a big goal this season is: "We want to win the cup at home on May 1st, and we are only three matches away. It is the shortest route to the European Cup and guarantees a starting position in the group stage of the Europa League," recalls Jeggo.

And everything is possible even beyond the Bundesliga. "We also want to reach a high place in the European Cup." For now, we must fully concentrate on our place in the champions group. "Then we can attack with halved points and target our goal," he outlines the way to purple bliss.

Standings
Pos. Team Games Points
1. FC Red Bull Salzburg 26 37
2. LASK 25 27
3. RZ Pellets WAC 26 22
4. spusu SKN St. Pölten 26 20
5. SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz 26 18
6. FK Austria Wien 25 16
Pos. Team Games Points
1. SK Rapid Wien 26 23
2. SV Mattersburg 26 20
3. FC Flyeralarm Admira 26 17
4. CASHPOINT SCR Altach 26 17
5. TSV Prolactal Hartberg 26 13
6. FC Wacker Innsbruck 26 11
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