In recent years, Borussia Mönchengladbach showed above all beautiful football and failed so often. In Leverkusen, the foal team remembers basic virtues - and wins this time with "dirty" football.

In recent years, Borussia Mönchengladbach showed above all beautiful football and failed so often. In Leverkusen, the foal team remembers basic virtues - and wins this time with "dirty" football.
Mönchengladbach

Matthias Ginter had to smile a bit. After all, you do not bare your upper body in front of strangers every day to present your ailments. However, the defender of Borussia Mönchengladbach did not hesitate and showed his right shoulder, where two crossed tape strips were visible. Then the 25-year-old rummaged in his pocket and brought out a shoulder protection made of foam, as if he wanted to prove that he had actually previously fallen out of illness three games.
It was a special afternoon for Ginter and his team-mates because they had managed to achieve a 2-1 (2-1) victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen with a footballing, manageable but highly competitive performance. "The fact that we do not show so nice football, but also can play dirty times, we have perhaps missed the last few years," said midfielder Jonas Hofmann. "It feels like a real work victory."

Teamwork of Borussia

The Borussia showed in the second half actually a single defensive battle. The players threw themselves into each ball, fighting for every inch and seemed determined to save the lead over time. Great team spirit and not a small amount of luck gave the foal these three points. "We get it together now on the court and are cold in front of the gate," Hofmann said in the catacombs of the Leverkusen Arena - and his eyes beamed. 
Bundesliga |  Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen.  Borussia Moenchengladbach (Imago Images / Northern Photo / Meuter)
The cheers of Borussia after the opening goal
The team from Mönchengladbach gives just the impression that it believes in itself and its cause. "If you have such a team as we have it is of course really good," said Ginter. Coach Marco Rose has managed in a short time to pass on his ideas about football to the players. And that does not mean just a quick changeover game and the early and high pressing. It is also about community work, which offered the team in Leverkusen. 

Angry Leverkusen

And so Borussia also compensated for the injury-related failures of their foremost strike series, Breel Embolo and Allasane Plea. New entrant Marcus Thuram  had to close the resulting gap almost single-handedly. He prepared the first Gladbach goal by Oscar Wendt. The second he scored himself. Also one of Gladbacher success secrets that the new additions require only a short settling time and integrate almost immediately in the team.  
Borussia Mönchengladbach has set with this new success once at the top of the table. For the opponents, their victory seemed rather happy. Accordingly annoyed Leverkusen took note of their bankruptcy. "They make a mediocre game and now they are leaders," said Bayer 04 sports chief Rudi Voeller gnashing his teeth.
Bundesliga |  Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen.  Borussia Moenchengladbach l Jubel Thuram 1: 2 (Imago Images / Kolvenbach)
Marcus Thuram (second from the right) takes care of the final score
But with the hostile anger, the guests could live well on this early Saturday night. "We are all very happy about the situation in Gladbach and we have developed a conception of how we want to win football matches," said coach Rose. For him, this victory seemed to be mainly the result of the correct approach of his team. "My boys have the incredibly passionate defended to the end," said the coach.

"Then we can talk about it again"


The euphoria in the environment is increasing, the topic of mastery is now a lot more supporters on the tongue. The players and also the coach do not want to know about such ideas. "If we are still on top in the spring, then we can talk about it again," Ginter said before he was called into the dressing room for the final discussion of his team.
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