Salzburg won its seventh straight Austrian Bundesliga title with a 3-0 win over Hartberg to complete a double under first-year coach Jesse Marsch
The former Montreal Impact and
New York Red Bulls coach arrived from RB Leipzig, where he served as an assistant in 2018-19.
Marsch celebrated Salzburg's first game back following the 10-week lock-down with a 5-0 win
over second division Austria Lustenau in the OFB-Cup final to become the first American-born and -bred coach to win a trophy in a European country.
The league season turned during the
lock-down when first-place LASK Linz, which led Salzburg by six points at the end of the regular was docked 12 points -- six points it would have taken into the championship round -- for breaking the
Austrian sports ministry's social-distancing rules. It was caught on tape training as a team when safety rules limited training to groups of six players.
Salzburg has a nine-point lead
over second-place Rapid Vienna with two games to play in the championship round, where it has won six games and tied the other two. LASK dropped to third place with just three wins in eight games
since the return to play.
Marsch joined one of the most talented and ambitious small clubs in Europe -- but a club that lost two of its biggest stars during the winter break. Norwegian
teenager Erling Haaland
joined Borussia Dortmund, and Japanese Takumi Minamino
was transferred to Liverpool.
Salzburg has made a name for itself by aggressively recruiting
young players and then moving them on. Naby Keita
and Sadio Mane
are also at Liverpool while French defender Dayot Upamecano
is at RB Leipzig after signing with Austria Lustenau
at the age of 16.