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Gladbach 3-2 Bayern: wonky system proves tactical masterstroke in statement win

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s come-from-behind win against Bayern Munich was a statement victory that could just revitalise their league campaign. Gladbach fans would have been forgiven for feeling a sense of resignation when they fell two goals behind in a six minute first-half spell against the best team in Europe. But the unlucky way in which they…

Schampagne Football and the return of the Zak

Two games in four days vs Shakhtar and Schalke, and Gladbach produced composed and efficient displays in both, scoring eight and conceding just one. When the schedule is tightly packed as it is this season, it makes a difference that both games were at Borussia-Park – saving a bit on travel and tiredness – and…

Leverkusen to Augsburg: no rest for the weary

Gladbach’s performance in the 4-3 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on the Sunday before the international break was that of a team playing their seventh game in 22 days. A team that needed a break. They kept on taking the lead, but never really felt able to cope with Leon Bailey’s pace, directness and uncharacteristic effectiveness…

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