Our intensive week continues. Our final game this week , we make the short journey to face Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday. They are on the up after their impressive victory in the cup against Bayern Munich. In the league, however, the Foals are still a bit behind, one point ahead of VfL. Let’s have a LOOK AHEAD:
5-0 against Bayern Munich, that doesn’t happen too often. Midweek Gladbach did just that beating Bayern with their best available players such as Neuer, Lewandowski, Kimmich, Goretzka etc. An impressive victory. The first goal was scored by new signing Kouadio Koné. The 20-year-old Frenchman joined from FC Toulouse and showed a remarkable performance in his first ever DFB-Pokal tie. Two goals by Bensebaini and another two by Embolo. And outstanding performance by every single player. No major changes during the summer break at all – a well attuned team. Two long-term players, Oscar Wendt and Ibrahima Traoré, left the club, without finding themselves in the first-choice eleven for most of the games. Talking about rejuvenating cure. In the current season the so called ‘Foals’ have some really young key players in their squad. Joe Scally (18 years old), Luca Netz (18), Koné (20), Jordan Beyer (21) – a new generation is rising. But it wouldn’t work out without some experienced players like skipper Lars Stindl, goalkeeper Yann Sommer or German international Jonas Hofmann.
THE HEAD COACH
This summer Adi Hütter came from Frankfurt and succeeded Marco Rose, who signed for Borussia Dortmund. The Austrian worked as a Head Coach in Frankfurt for three years – and was quite successful. Together with manager Fredi Bobic he formed a top team and celebrated glorious nights in the Europa League competition. The career of the former Austrian national coach began in his home country. After Altach and Grödig he joined RB Salzburg for one year, followed by Young Boys from Bern, then he received attention of German clubs. Gladbach, his second coaching job in Germany, are expecting their return to the European competition and to live up to earlier successes when they were playing Champions League football.
On Sunday, the fans in the Borussia Park will be witnessing a game with a great tradition. There have been 73 fixtures between both sides so far – in the Bundesliga, 2. Bundesliga as well as DFB-Pokal and relegation matches. No comments on the latter one. The majority of those games took place in the Bundesliga, 64 times including 19 wins for the our VfL, 24 victories Gladbach. The last three away matches in Mönchengladbach were all won by the lads in blue and white. The last game was decided by Zlatko Dedic and Stanislav Sestak back in January 2010.