As FC Bayern München found out to their cost on Saturday, a team that has nothing to lose and believes only in victory is a dangerous animal.
Johnson has the last laugh
The champions were beaten for the first time in the league this season by in-form Borussia Mönchengladbach, who extended their unbeaten Bundesliga run under Andre Schubert to ten games (comprising eight wins and two draws) with a resounding 3-1 win at BORUSSIA-PARK.
The form of winger Fabian Johnson has been emblematic of Gladbach’s rise to third in the Bundesliga table. Against Bayern, the USMNT international scored his fourth goal in 11 league appearances, having also got on the scoresheet in the Foals’ two recent UEFA Champions League encounters against Juventus and Sevilla FC. Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl was quick to pay tribute to Johnson following Saturday’s victory, stating his belief that Johnson is on the way to becoming a “leading figure” at the club.
After joining Borussia from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the summer of 2014, Johnson often found himself on the bench under former head coach Lucien Favre, prompting then Hoffenheim boss Markus Gisdol to suggest that the American international “might come to regret” the move to North Rhine-Westphalia. Things change quickly in football, however: Favre left Gladbach in September, Gisdol was relieved of his duties at Hoffenheim a month later and Johnson is now playing week in, week out – and with distinction.