Dortmund 3-0 Gladbach – Flash report

Dortmund: (3-4-3) Bürki; Akanji, Hummels, Can; Hazard, Bellingham, Witsel, Meunier; Reyna, Haaland, Sancho Gladbach: (3-4-3) Sommer; Bensebaini, Ginter, Elvedi; Wendt, Kramer, Neuhaus, Lainer; Hofmann, Stindl, Wolf Match summary As explained in our preview, this game was not only a marquee game to start the season, but also a hugely consequential one for both of theContinue reading “Dortmund 3-0 Gladbach – Flash report”

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: 2 new signings

Along with the young players looking to establish a first-team role, sporting director Max Eberl brought in two new players to refresh the squad. With COVID-19 reducing revenues, an always prudent Gladbach was never going to spend big this summer, and the deals for Hannes Wolf and Valentino Lazaro reflect Eberl’s outlook: direct replacements forContinue reading “Countdown to 20/21: 2 new signings”

Pre-season Game 5: 4-0 vs VVV Venlo

MOTM: Ramy Bensebaini Honorable mentions: Stindl, Müsel, Sippel, Reitz In Short With many first team regulars off on international duty, it was a good time for the veterans and youngsters to step up and deliver arguably the best display of the the pre-season in its last game, and certainly the most well-rounded 90 minutes. GoalieContinue reading “Pre-season Game 5: 4-0 vs VVV Venlo”

Countdown to 20/21: 4 reasons why Gladbach will be in the top 4 (or better)

In the first of a series counting down to the beginning of the Bundesliga season on Sept 18, we examine why Borussia Mönchengladbach are set to be contenders once more Ramy Bensebaini is poised. The stadium is silent, though the frozen faces of fans watch on, glued to their seats. Under conditions like these, everyContinue reading “Countdown to 20/21: 4 reasons why Gladbach will be in the top 4 (or better)”

Pre-season Game 4: 0-2 vs Greuther Fürth

In short A tough game against energetic, physical opposition. Definitely a disappointing result, but probably a helpful competitive test as the season draws nearer. Failing to score over 120 minutes of football against a second tier team has to be a bit of a concern though. What We Learned Is this turning into an eternalContinue reading “Pre-season Game 4: 0-2 vs Greuther Fürth”

Pre-season Game 3: 2-0 vs Paderborn

MOTM: Rocco Reitz Honorable mentions: Lainer, Wolf In Short Paderborn posed the sternest test so far of the pre-season, but it was a match that Die Fohlen navigated with another clean sheet. The trend of playing better in the second half – and playing better when Hannes Wolf and Stefan Lainer are on the pitchContinue reading “Pre-season Game 3: 2-0 vs Paderborn”

Raising Lazaro’s attacking output

How Marco Rose could resurrect the career of Valentino Lazaro Valentino Lazaro has signed for Borussia Mönchengladbach, on loan (with a reported option to buy) from Inter. Here’s how the deal could pan out for both player and team. The Foal Train view, in short: The Lazaro deal poses little risk and the possibility ofContinue reading “Raising Lazaro’s attacking output”

Pre-season Game 2: 4-0 vs Duisburg

MOTM: Breel Embolo Honorable mentions: Lainer, Wolf, Neuhaus, Reitz In short Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a slow first half, an excellent second half, and plenty more to chew over as Marco Rose assesses different systems and players. Lainer(ish), Neuhaus, Embolo and Herrmann got the goals. Highlights What we learned Same caveatsContinue reading “Pre-season Game 2: 4-0 vs Duisburg”

Pre-season Game 1: 4-0 vs SC Verl

MOTM: Famana Quizera Honorable mentions: Wolf, Embolo, Müsel, Borngard In short A slightly sleepy start, a slightly shaky defence, but an ultimately comfortable win that gave new signings and youngsters a chance to show what they can do, with Embolo, Quizera, Wolf and Villalba getting the goals Highlights What we learned All lessons from anyContinue reading “Pre-season Game 1: 4-0 vs SC Verl”