At Borussia Mönchengladbach, the euphoria after Bayern’s victory has already evaporated. Personnel Matthias Ginter causes concern.
Adi Hütter comforted his sad penalty killer Yann Sommer in his arms – but the coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach had to take care of a completely different construction site. His voluntary renunciation of national player Matthias Ginter in the 1: 2 (0: 0) against Bayer Leverkusen caused a stir. “It’s clear to me that this barrel will be opened again. But not a single player wins a game with us,” said Hütter after the third home defeat in a row.
Ginter stewed on the bench for 90 minutes after his change announcement and saw his representatives slip up in rows. New signing Marvin Friedrich caused a penalty, as did substitute Jordan Beyer, Tony Jantschke let Robert Andrich escape when the visitors opened the scoring (51st minute). “We have decided to invest in the future. He was not guilty of anything,” said Hütter, looking at his noble reservists.
The message from Gladbach is clear. Ginter should leave the club during the winter break so that at least a small fee goes into the coffers, which are not exactly lavishly filled due to the corona pandemic. And if not? “No one said the door was closed,” said Hütter. Ginter can also play together with Friedrich.
In terms of sport, the five-time German champion could make good use of the 27-year-old. The euphoria after the successful start of the second half of the season with the corona-plagued autumn champion Bayern Munich (2: 1) has already evaporated. The reality is a relegation battle. “We’re at the bottom of the table. The situation is that we’re in it. We have to deal with that,” admitted goalkeeper Sommer.
The Swiss made a brilliant save from penalties by Patrik Schick (50′) and Kerem Demirbay (87′). But he did not prevent the defeat with numerous other parades.
“The first saved penalty should have given us more energy and should have pushed us forward. In the end, however, we conceded a goal just seconds later from a corner – that can’t happen to us,” analyzed midfielder Laszlo Benes aptly.
Difference players are missing Gladbach
Andrich’s goal and Schick’s goal (74′) came from standard situations. The Gladbach defense didn’t only have problems with stationary balls. “They often outplayed us with their speed,” lamented Sommer. In the game forward, “the last little bit of danger and penetrating power was missing”. So it was only enough for a goal by Nico Elvedi (81st).
This was also due to the loss of important players like Jonas Hofmann, Christoph Kramer or Denis Zakaria. “These are all players who can make the difference,” said Hütter.
Zakaria will also leave the club on a free transfer in the summer. Hütter does not want to voluntarily do without the Swiss national player.
“You can’t compare the two personal details,” emphasized the coach. Zakaria is “the clearest six in our team”. On the other hand, there are several defenders.