bundesliga.com has the lowdown on a season that culminated in the Foals securing a place in the UEFA Europa League for only the second time in their history...
With ten wins from their opening 17 matches, Gladbach enjoyed their best start to a Bundesliga season since 1976. Post-winter, however, Lucien Favre's hopes of stealing a place in the UEFA Champions League hit the skids somewhat. Borussia picked up just 22 points over the course of the Rückrunde, steadily sliding down the league ladder from their end-of-December posting in third, to eighth by Matchday 24 and then back up a couple of rungs to their final calling in sixth.
The Samba feather in Gladbach's multi-cultural cap, summer signing lit up the Borussia Park throughout the foregoing campaign. The Brazilian forward hit it off almost immediately with Patrick Herrmann, Max Kruse and Juan Arango, finishing his first season at the club as top scorer on 15 goals, as well as laying on seven assists. Of his catalogue of vitriol-smothered strikes, this one against FC Schalke 04 might just top the lot.
Gladbach went within a whisker of rounding out the Hinrunde with a 100 per cent home record. Matchday 17 opponents VfL Wolfsburg hadn't read the script, though, forcing the Foals to settle for a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw that simultaneously brought an end to their Bundesliga stablemates' nonetheless astounding run of eight league wins on the trot on home soil.
"In the first half, we were asleep," admitted Favre after the Matchday 8 win over Borussia Dortmund. "It was a miracle that we made it to the break at 0-0. We played too slowly and thought too slowly too. I told them at half time that we’d totally wasted a half and that we had to start playing football. In the end, we did not deserve to win and I think we can say that quite clearly."
Cast your minds back to the aforementioned, maiden 'Battle of the Borussias' of the season. At the time, Dortmund were top of the standings, nine points clear of seventh-placed Gladbach and just about holding Pep Guardiola's FC Bayern at bay. That soon changed, though, as the Foals made BVB pay for a profligate showing, with Mats Hummels' red card the precursor to late goals from Kruse and the majestic Raffael.