Inside the club is a series where I analyse one particular club and today I’ll discuss about Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach e.V., commonly known as Borussia Mönchengladbach, Mönchengladbach or Gladbach, is a professional football club based in Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, that plays in the Bundesliga, the top flight of German football. The club has won five League titles, three DFB-Pokals, and two UEFA Europa League titles. Borussia Mönchengladbach were founded in 1900

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First Team

Marco Rose joined Borussia Mönchengladbach from R.B Salzburg where he had few amazing seasons.

 His system relies on-

  1. “positional press” to cancel out numerical disadvantages high up-field, with individuals often retaining access to two options.
  2. Press ball-occupant while shutting off passing options with the angle of approach.
  3. Creation of ‘False Passing Options’ to trick opponents into passing to seemingly open players, before closing out the space surrounding the receiver and forcing a turnover.
  4. Appropriate positioning in deep areas to win first & second balls following the opponent’s long passes.

Last years key performer Thorgan Hazard has left the club but I think that he wouldn’t have suited Rose’s 4-1-3-2, they got 25 million euros for him which was low but have spent a large chunk of it on Breel Embolo, who seems like a perfect  Marco Rose player as he is a centre forward who also contributes in the press and has good shot numbers.

 They have also spent 9 million euros on Marcus Thuram who is just wonderful and I think that he will be the second forward along with Embolo, even though he played last season on the wing I think that he will function the best as a split forward like Romelu Lukaku, I think that he is going to end up at centre forward. They have also bought Stefan Lainer who is an intresting right back and suits Rose’s game.

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Rose’s communication skills and leadership qualities complete the picture of a potential top-class head coach. I think that the squad is going to adapt to his style very quickly and it is an evidence of Rose’s skills how good they have looked on the preseason.

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