the 61. Minute in the game Borussia Monchengladbach against VfB Stuttgart. Sixty minutes of Gladbach was running against a concrete defensive. Sixty minutes, in which she attacks again and again over the center, over 400 passes played, 70 per cent possession of the ball accumulated – and not a goal achieved.
Now, the Fourth Official raises the display Board, Dieter Hecking wants to change. He’s leaving the Fans baffled. It went to striker-Star Alassane Pléa and physically robust Denis Zakaria, the technician Raphael and Florian Neuhaus. The Fans had expected a change in the system, or that they now rely more on high balls. Hecking did not want to but force, no new strategy, but he dared even more football.
The result proves him right. 3:0 Borussia won in the end, all three goals played out beautifully, with the participation of the substitute Neuhaus and Raphael. Offensive play, the playful solution to car: For Gladbach this season. The Team symbolizes a Trend that continues in the entire League.
we Look back: 2,71 goals in the past season, an average of per game. That was the siebtniedrigste value in the 55 years history of the football League. Vice champion Schalke made it before: to play Back a null, at the front counter or Standard to meet – so they celebrated in the League of success.
this season, the pendulum will swing in the opposite direction. 3,1 goals scored in the current pro game, which is the second highest value of the past thirty years. Attacking football is back in fashion. No wonder: If most of the Teams put on a compact Defensive, is the one king who knows how to crack these compact Defensive. Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder Bremen, all, of course, Borussia Dortmund: you have studied in the summer break of the Attack.
And Borussia Mönchengladbach. With 31 goals they contribute significantly to the goals of the League. In Gladbach this new game pleasure shows, especially in the midfield. Dieter Hecking have all the possibilities of a defensively stable in midfield. World champion Christoph Kramer as an endurance runner and ball hunter, Denis Zakaria as physically strong Eighth. According to the prevailing doctrine, at least one of the two run and fight, players should start in Central midfield.
Hecking chose a different path. His tribe-the midfield has the Strengths in the game against, but with the Ball. Sixes Tobias Strobl convinced as a strategist in front of the defense. It solves many of the scenes with his eye, with an eye for the free player to anticipate passes before they are played. Florian Neuhaus and Jonas Hofmann impress with your technique: Even under the highest pressure, keep calm and Overview.
The ultimate ability, which is characterized Gladbach’s midfield: you can quickly switch the direction. “Turn up” is the name of this ability on the football of the coin with the Ball at his feet in the direction of gate rotation. Hofmann and Neuhaus look around constantly, ensure, where available spaces are located. In this you are immediately with the Ball.
Gladbach’s game, a strong midfield and freed the attackers. Thorgan Hazard does not have to help out in Central midfield, as was often the case in the past. He can pull from a higher Position in the direction of the goal. With eight goals and six assists as he cracked his personal season-best mark. Striker Pléa (eight goals), in turn, receives exactly the Touches, needs a striker.
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How important is a player for a team that only shows itself when he is missing. Exactly this plight experienced by Gladbach at the moment: Without Hofmann did not have a Team in the 0:2 defeat against RB Leipzig to swirl around the opponent’s Pressing. And the 3:0 success against VfB Stuttgart, Gladbach was able to translate his dominance into goals, as Neuhaus came into play. He put up a gate, and prepared another.
The SPIX emphasizes this dependency: Against Gladbach Zakarias value (21) was very much weaker than that of Strobl (93). The highest average score this season achieved Hofmann (69). He is, however, likely to come only at the end of the first half of the season. This is a reason why dreams of a Gladbacher championship seem to be measured.
their second weak point is Away the Gladbacher not be able to enforce your style as in the domestic Borussia-Park. To won home all seven games (21:3 goals), away, they picked up just eight points (12:13 goals). There your opponent to dare more, to disturb the Gladbach used to be. If the opponent Gladbach’s inside defenders, you can play the Ball into midfield. Then we fail Gladbach, to control the rhythm of a game. On average, you have away five per cent of the possession.
On questions to the championship Hecking reacts accordingly, irritated. “We don’t want to apply as a title candidate, but as the team wants to continue to play week in, week successful football.” On the weekend you will be attempting to do just that. Then you have the Chance, in Hoffenheim their away record to improve. Whether you succeed? Who knows. But at least Gladbach will try also on this day, to show beautiful football.