Mönchengladbach – Nobody can stop Borussia Mönchengladbach on their own patch right now. The Foals’ 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday evening was their fifth consecutive home win this season and elevated Lucien Favre’s side to fourth in the Bundesliga table.
Korb impresses on debut
In front of their own fans, Gladbach have racked up 17 goals, while only conceding three at the other end. In four of those five games, the opposition were beaten by a three-goal margin. The fifth was a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund no less.
The goals kept coming against Frankfurt on Sunday, as Juan Arango, Oscar Wendt, Patrick Herrmann and Raffael found the net to seal a resounding win over the Eagles. Injuries to several key defenders had forced Favre to field his youngest starting eleven of the season: Julian Korb was given his debut at right-back, while Tony Jantschke partnered Roel Brouwers in central defence in the absence of Martin Stranzl and Alvaro Dominguez.
“It went perfectly,” Korb said after the game. “It was important for me to show I can not only perform in friendlies, but also in competitive matches.” Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl was extremely impressed with the Essen-born defender's display . “Julian didn’t show any nerves. He got into the game very quickly and can be very happy with his performance.”
'We will win away eventually'
While Gladbach seem unbeatable on their own turf at present, their away record so far this season leaves little to the imagination. They have earned just a solitary point on the road so far this campaign – the second worst record in the Bundesliga. On Matchday 11, the Foals travel to Hamburger SV, who themselves have only been able to register one home win in 2013/14.
“We have to make sure we don’t convince ourselves we’re brilliant at home and not so good away from home,” explained Max Kruse, who has notched up five league goals and played every minute for the club since his summer move from SC Freiburg. “We have to focus our attention on our next match. We have a difficult game at Hamburg this weekend. Our away record will improve eventually, I hope our fortunes will turn in Hamburg.”
Gladbach’s recent record at the Imtech Arena has been impressive: Despite a 1-0 reverse last campaign, they have picked up seven points from their last four visits to Hamburg. “We have to keep our momentum going,” said keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. If we play as well as we did against Frankfurt, it’s only a matter of time before we pick up our first win on the road.”
Ter Stegen's coach, meanwhile, doesn’t care where the wins come from, as long as his team continues to pick up points. “We have one of the best squads in Germany,” said Favre. “We have eight or nine international players in our squad. We have 16 points and are highly satisfied with our start.” And so they should be. If, however, Gladbach can start collecting wins on the road as at Borussia Park, they will be a formidable force indeed.
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