Will the dream come true?
Lucien Favre (64) is still considered a top candidate in Gladbach as the successor to Adi Hütter (52) – the fans long for the comeback.
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In a BILD survey on Twitter (@BILD_MGLADBACH), more than half of all participants wanted Favre to return! Daniel Farke (45) received only 12 percent of the votes.
One who knows Favre inside and out is Borussia’s ex-captain Martin Stranzl (41). The cult defender came to Gladbach almost at the same time as the Swiss coach in 2011, was Favre’s extended arm on the lawn and also a guarantee for the rescue and the high flight afterwards.
Stranzl has a clear opinion: “First of all, the club has to clearly define what type of coach it wants and what the realignment should look like. If they come to the conclusion that they want a development coach, then of course Favre fits. There’s no discussion about Favre being a super developer. He’s great there and that worked great in Gladbach.”
It would indeed fit: Manager Roland Virkus (55) has already emphasized that Gladbach will again rely on the “three-pillar model”.. Consisting of our own youth players, external top talents and seasoned players with “club DNA”. That means: develop players!
Stranzl: „What distinguished Gladbach was this development potential: train players, sell them at the right time, invest the money back into the team and develop step by step. For various reasons, mainly because of Corona, this has no longer worked in the last two years.”
► Under Favre, super talents like Marco Reus (32), Granit Xhaka (29), Mo Dahoud (26) and Marc-André ter Stegen (30) became professionals for whom other clubs put millions on the table.
Homegrown players like Tony Jantschke (31) and Patrick Herrmann (31) were also promoted by the Swiss coach. It’s quite possible that Jantschke and Herrmann will see each other again soon…