“It’s absurd” – in Gladbach the work-up begins
A few weeks after the 5-0 gala against FC Bayern, Borussia Mönchengladbach is in crisis. The derby defeat against Cologne was followed by the historic bankruptcy against Freiburg. Coach Hütter still receives support.
EIt’s been more than two years since Borussia Mönchengladbach started with good hope in the Europa League, but was then duped at home by Wolfsberger AC, a club from a municipality in Austria with a population of 25,000. It was 0: 4 in the end, at the break the Borussia were already 0: 3 back on September 19, 2019. Anyone who sticks to Borussia and believed until Sunday that it couldn’t get any worse has gained one bitter experience.
Eight days after the 1: 4 derby debacle at 1. FC Köln, Borussia conceded a historic bankruptcy with the 0: 6 (0: 6), which subsequently caused a lot of discussion. The first trailers had already left during the break. “First and foremost, we have to apologize for our appearance today, which is also unacceptable,” said Adi Hütter, the coach. The coach who came to the BVB in the summer of Marco Rose and was taken out of an ongoing contract with Eintracht Frankfurt. The fee should have been 7.5 million euros.
A lot of money, only the return with 18 points from 14 games has been rather poor so far. Borussia, which just a few weeks ago threw FC Bayern 5-0 out of the DFB Cup, is currently in 13th place.
“Nobody wanted the ball anymore”
The bad week with ten goals conceded does not have any consequences for the time being – not even for the coach. “That’s downright absurd,” said sports director Max Eberl: “It can’t be that we have to answer such questions after two games. Words fail me! When in football we get to the point where you lose two games and then general questions are asked, I can’t identify with that. You decide for something and go a way. Then it means to go through thick and thin and not to change something immediately. “
It was partly surreal what happened on the square. After conceding two early goals, according to Eberl, there was total uncertainty among the boys. “Nobody wanted the ball anymore, although we hardly had the ball in the beginning anyway. We have fallen into an inexplicable lethargy and harmlessness. “
The bad Gladbach appearance on Sunday had little to do with professional football. He partly reminded of the 2: 8 in October 1998 against Bayer Leverkusen. But 23 years ago it was only 4-0 at break. Six goals conceded like Maximilian Eggeestein (2nd minute), Kevin Schade (5th), Philipp Lienhardt (13th), Nicolas Höfler (19th), Lucas Höler (25th) and Nico Schlotterbeck (37th) in the first Borussia had never conceded a home defeat this season at home in the first half of the Bundesliga. On April 29, 1978 it was already 0: 6 at the break from Gladbach’s point of view – at the time away from Borussia Dortmund.
“Anyone who thought last week it couldn’t get any deeper has been taught better today,” said national player Jonas Hofmannn at DAZN and criticized the fact that they had “defended desolately”. “After the 2-0 draw you ask yourself whether everyone is still in the dressing room.” His team-mate Patrick Herrmann found hearty words: “We played absolute shit and catastrophe. It’s going to be a sleepless night. “