At the beginning of the season the Borussia Monchengladbach fans were optimistic for a season of greatness. They finished the 2014/15 season in third place in the Bundesliga falling just behind Wolfsburg and the imperious Bayern Munich. This allowed them to qualify for the Champions League for this first time since the 12/13 season and excitement was rife around the 54,000 capacity Borrusia Park.
The start to the new season was nothing other than appalling for Gladbach losing their opening five games under the manager who had brought them so much success last season in Lucien Favre, they also found themselves bottom of their Champions League group featuring Juventus, Manchester City and Sevilla. This lead to boss Favre being sacked and had bad omens for the rest of the season as Gladbach found themselves propping up the Bundesliga table. But the Gladbach gents seem to have conjured up a miracle under new boss Andre Schubert.
After winning his first 6 games in charge of the German outfit Schubert has taken Gladbach flying up the table and they have gone from relegation contenders from once again challenging the likes of Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund for those all important Champions League places.
Some impressive displays under Schubert have led to them beating Wolfsburg 2-0 at the Borussia Park as well as earning a respectable 0-0 draw with the Italian Champions Juventus. However the pinnacle of this revival under this manager came in the home game vs the unbeaten juggernaut Bayern Munich. Despite being out passed and out gun by the German champions a resilient display on the break saw Gladbach come out on top winning 3-1! The 5-4-1 formation stagnated the spaces that Bayern love to exploit at the back and allowed them to break quickly up the other end through the pacey wing back pair of Julian Korb and Oscar Wendt. Wendt in particular played a key part in proceedings scoring the opening goal past Neuer as well as putting in one key cross, whilst constantly terrorising Bayern Munich down the left hand side.
Moreover the defensive solidarity of Havard Nordtveit was crucial in keeping the emphatic duo of Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski quiet up the other end winning all 4 of his headed duels as well as completing 7 clearances when Gladbach were under the cosh at several intervals during the match.
Despite this brilliant revival it all came too late for the European stage as they were eventually knocked out of both the Champions League and the Europa League suffering a final defeat to a very depleted Manchester City side. However this could be a very positive thing for Gladbach allowing them to focus all of their efforts on the league and the German Cup in an attempt to improve on last years third place finish.
They currently sit in third place on 26 points and whilst Bayern and Dortmund seem a long way away if they can continue their current form in the Bundesliga they could potentially find themselves in the title race come next year which would be a remarkable recovery under the watchful eye of Andre Schubert.
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