Borussia Mönchengladbach were second best for long periods against FC Ingolstadt 04 on Matchday 29. - © © imago / Zink
Borussia Mönchengladbach were second best for long periods against FC Ingolstadt 04 on Matchday 29. - © © imago / Zink

Off-colour Gladbach salute impressive Ingolstadt

Borussia Mönchengladbach did not capitulate at the Audi Sportpark on Matchday 29, but they did not do enough to counter the budding Bundesliga force that is FC Ingolstadt 04.

FC Ingolstadt 04 1-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Goals: 1-0 Hartmann (87')

Andre Hahn (Gladbach midfielder): "We knew what to expect. We're a team that combines well and plays good football, but we weren't able to do that against Ingolstadt. As soon as Ingolstadt got possession, they played long balls into our half. We didn't find the means to counter that, especially in the first half. We tried to do the things that had gone well for us and play second balls after the break, but it wasn't a great game from us - it was difficult. 0-0 would have been a fair result, but losing is tough to take. We play away from home again next Friday. We've got to keep our heads held high and pick up all three points in Hanover."

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Andreas Christensen (Gladbach defender): "We knew from the home game what to expect. It was a difficult game and we lost a bit of concentration towards the end. I don't think there's all that much difference between a home and away game - we always try to win. Unfortunately, we couldn't do that today."

Andre Schubert (Gladbach head coach): "We're obviously disappointed not to have taken something from the game, but Ingolstadt deserved to win based on the second half. If Andre Hahn had scored in the eighth minute, the game would have looked completely different. Our build-up was too complicated, we played too many short balls and that played into the opposition's hands."

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Robert Bauer (Ingolstadt midfielder): "It's crazy the sort of football we're playing in front of our fans. I'm incredibly proud of the team. It was an intense game and if you look back on the game, we clearly deserved to win. We had the clearer-cut chances and hardly gave anything away in defence. It was just a lot of fun to play today."

Ralph Hasenhüttl (Ingolstadt head coach): "We played brilliantly. A lot of what we set out to do went perfectly. We tried to hunt them down and press all over the pitch, whilst having some good spells of our own. That's the big step we've made compared to last year. The opening goal should have come sooner, but the opposition obviously have the quality to hurt you if you go for the odd counter. That's why we had to be really switched on, and we were today."