September 23, 2017

Borussia Mönchengladbach: The start was successful

Borussia Mönchengladbach starts as a derby winner this new season. The team was in the game right from the start, the ball ran as smoothly as like clockwork and kept a shaky 1.FC Köln under control.

Normally the game would have to be decided in favor of the foals after twenty minutes, but, as it had often appear, the team missed the opportunities to score goals and to decide the outcome of the match at an early stage. The Effzeh got into the game better and the Fohlenelf could no longer quite simply create possibilities, but with determined action, higher running effort and snappy play they kept the upper hand.

At the beginning of the second half, the tempo could be increased again, which was rewarded with Nico Elvedi’s goal after a fine pass of Ibrahima Traoré. The young Swiss became a double derby hero when, a minute later, he beat the shoot of Jhon Córdoba with a superb sliding tackle to prevent the equalizer.

The Borussen then missed their counter-attacks to mark the pre-eminent second goal. This complicated the case clearly, because the Effzeh showed itself several times dangerous in the Borussen penalty area. The Borussen fought and threw everything in, although such a fight would not have been necessary if one had previously been more consistent.

Until the final phase, it remained highly dramatic. Raúl Bobadilla, substituted in for Raffael (88),  could have made his return sensational with a goal, but Lukas Klünter, the right-back of Köln, prevented that dream coming true (90+2). 1.FC Köln was not able to score a equalizer and so in the end the right team won the Rhine derby with 1:0.

The team convinced over long stretches, but also showed old problems. When referee Deniz Aytekin finished the Rhine Derby after 94 minutes, the collective relief on the part of Borussia Mönchengladbach was unmistakable. The success in the prestige duel was doubtless deserved, but it was a hard work.

“It was a racy derby with everything,” said Dieter Hecking. “I would have wished that we had made more of the many possibilities.” “We should have been in the lead earlier,” confirmed Lars Stindl, who had two opportunities in the first half. “We’re very creative at the front, but we need to be more effective to get even more security,” Lars Stindl said. “Through such a long phase, when we do not score goals, a bit of restlessness comes in, but we’ve always believed that we’ll win the game.”

One can only wonder what would be possible to achieve for Borussia Mönchengladbach, if they managed to increase their efficiency.

The two new entries in the starting line – Matthias Ginter and Denis Zakaria – were convincing at their debut. Matthias Ginter played very confidently and was very attentive. Denis Zakaria is a baller with speed and a certain aggressiveness. The Swiss received early a yellow card, but remained cool and did not let himself get carried away.

Both made definitely a good first impression. One can be eager to see what Ginter and Zakari are able to show on the pitch after they are more familiar with their new teams idea of play.

On Saturday Borussia Mönchengladbach plays away against FC Augsburg. It is a new opportunity for the team to confirm its good form. The third win in a row would be a nice to have before the international cap break.

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Erkán Karakoyunlu

Erkan is a Mönchengladbach-born, Cologne-based football enthusiast with a great obsession for his hometown club 'Gladbach. After studying communication design, concept design, East Asian studies, and philosophy he gained experience in the entertainment industry and is trying to put his thoughts about Fussball into words. He is also avid for design, art, culture, tech and video games. Follow him on Twitter at @fruechtegott.

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