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 theyContinue reading “Gladbach 3-2 Bayern: wonky system proves tactical masterstroke in statement win”

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 – andContinue reading “Schampagne Football and the return of the Zak”

Analysis: Gladbach 2-2 Real: BMG’s left, Madrid’s right

Football is a game of perspectives. Your team’s attack is the opposition’s defence. Your left is their right. A last minute collapse is also a stirring comeback. And for Borussia Mönchengladbach, one point gained against record European Champions Real Madrid was also two points dropped, at home, for a side winning 2-0 with three minutesContinue reading “Analysis: Gladbach 2-2 Real: BMG’s left, Madrid’s right”

Mainz 2-3 Gladbach: all’s well that ends well

Mainz: (4-2-3-1) Zentner; Brosinski, Niakhate, Killian, St. Juste; Kunde, Latza; Quaison, Boetius, Oztunzali; Mateta Gladbach: (3-4-1-2) Sommer; Jantschke, Ginter, Elvedi; Wendt, Kramer, Reitz, Lainer; Stindl, Embolo, Herrmann In short Seven games in 22 days, and this was meant to be the easy one. With squad freshness in mind, coach Marco Rose rung the changes for Borussia Mönchengladbach, makingContinue reading “Mainz 2-3 Gladbach: all’s well that ends well”

Champions League: Inter 2-2 Gladbach – Two hot to handle

Inter: (3-4-1-2) Handanovic; Kolarov, De Vrij, D’Ambrosio; Perisic, Vidal, Barella, Darmian; Eriksen; Sanchez, Lukaku  Gladbach: (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Bensebaini, Ginter, Elvedi, Lainer; Kramer, Neuhaus; Thuram, Embolo, Hofmann; Pléa In short A game which started as a slow-burner erupted in the second half, as both sides hoped to capitalise on Real Madrid’s shocking home defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk and secure maximum pointsContinue reading “Champions League: Inter 2-2 Gladbach – Two hot to handle”

Gladbach 1-1 Wolfsburg: Scrapping and scrappy

Gladbach: (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Wendt, Ginter, Elvedi, Lainer; Kramer, Neuhaus; Thuram, Stindl, Hofmann; Embolo Wolfsburg: (4-3-3) Casteels; Baku, Lacroix, Brooks, Roussillon; Schlager, Guilavogui Arnold; Mehmedi, Weghorst, Brekalo  In Short After the heartening derby win before the international break, a slightly flat Borussia Mönchengladbach performance saw them draw 1-1 at home once more. A draw against Wolfsburg is respectable, and the result was fair, but there areContinue reading “Gladbach 1-1 Wolfsburg: Scrapping and scrappy”

Gladbach 1-1 Union Berlin: FCU puts BMG in a corner

Gladbach: (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Bensebaini, Ginter, Elvedi, Lainer; Kramer, Neuhaus; Hofmann, Stindl, Thuram; Pléa Union: (3-4-3) Luthe; Schlotterbeck, Knoche, Friedrich; Lenz, Andrich, Prömel, Trimmel; Bülter, Awoniyi, Becker In short Borussia Mönchengladbach’s first Bundesliga home game offered a chance to kick-start the season after last week’s loss to Borussia Dortmund, but it ultimately ended in more disappointment.Continue reading “Gladbach 1-1 Union Berlin: FCU puts BMG in a corner”

Analysis: Dortmund vs Gladbach – Can-do attitude did for BMG

Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Marco Rose sprung a tactical surprise in the Bundesliga opener, eschewing the 4-2-3-1 formation that had been the staple of post-lockdown Gladbach last season to match up Borussia Dortmund’s notional 3-4-3. However, Lucien Favre system, and the interpretation of the formation, helped create overloads for Dortmund where there were meant to beContinue reading “Analysis: Dortmund vs Gladbach – Can-do attitude did for BMG”

Countdown to 20/21: 1 season opener – Dortmund vs Gladbach preview

The start of the Bundesliga season has arrived. Strangely, Bayern Munich fancy their chances against Schalke, so opted not to delay the start of their season after their Champions League exploits. But while Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Mönchengladbach may no longer be the curtain raiser for the season as a whole, it certainly looks likeContinue reading “Countdown to 20/21: 1 season opener – Dortmund vs Gladbach preview”

Countdown to 20/21: 3 young players looking to step up

Borussia Mönchengladbach have the benefit of a settled squad, as discussed in the first instalment of our season countdown series, with plenty of youth in their core already. But while most players will be familiar to the Gladbach faithful, there stand to be a few slightly less well-known faces who are in contention for squadContinue reading “Countdown to 20/21: 3 young players looking to step up”