Last Sunday night saw Borussia Mönchengladbach take an important victory against “The Eagles” from Frankfurt. And, as it turns out, “The Foals” have the chance to climb up the table very quickly in the next few weeks, because Gladbach play seven of the bottom table sides in the next nine matches.
Borussia Mönchengladbach have a rich history, but have given their fans very little to cheer about since their cup victory in 1995. Their autumn season this year has been the worst in the club’s history, with a ten point return from 17 matches. Gladbach haven’t won a single game at home this season, and given away 19 points from winning positions in matches so far this season. Bundesliga experts like Raphael Honigstein have already said that “The Foals” are destined to go down.
Fly or die
But the old, dead, foal has risen from the grave and lives to fight another day it seems. After two impressive away victories against Nürnberg and Eintracht Frankfurt, and a defeat to a second place Bayer Leverkusen, Gladbach are just three points behind Cologne, the team currently taking the relegation spot.
Saturday evening sees Gladbach take on VfB Stuttgart at home. And if there ever was a game that deserved to be called a six-pointer, this one is it. Stuttgart have gathered the same amount of points of Gladbach, but are ahead on goal difference. The three sides that currently are positioned between 13th and 15th place are all six points ahead of Gladbach. All of them have difficult games coming up this round: Bremen away at Mainz, Kaiserslautern away at Hoffenheim, and St. Pauli play their local rivals Hamburger SV.
The winning side in the match between Gladbach and Stuttgart will in all likelihood just be three points away from the 15th spot and a safe position in the table after this match. If Gladbach manages to win this game, their chances of staying in the league will improve hugely. And what a time it would be, to win their first victory at home.
The winter transfers fix
I have criticized Gladbach earlier for their management structure, and some of the poor signings sporting director Max Eberl made this summer. I stand by this criticism. However, it seems like Eberl has done better in the winter transfer window. He signed a solid striker in Mike Hanke, a young promising defensive player in Håvard Nordtveit, the Austrian Martin Stranzl has already made a huge impact bringing more stability to the defense, and a decent replacement for Michael Bradley in Michael Fink. Especially Stranzl it seems, has given Gladbach a new dimension in their defensive play.
The other person I have criticized in an early post is Gladbach coach Michael Frontzeck. Saying that I really didn’t know why the club has hold on to him for so long. If Gladbach win their game against Stuttgart I am ready to say Mea Culpa, Gladbach were right to hold on to Frontzeck and I was mistaken.
Who do you think is going to win? Will Gladbach manage to stay in the Bundesliga? Any other thoughts after having read all this? Leave a comment below.