Rose Gladbach tactics

A Rose Revolution

Once regarded as one of Europe’s biggest clubs, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s decline post-1970’s has tainted a city so rich in football history. However, the club’s latest managerial appointment has produced the most exciting brand of football since their golden generation. High pressing, rapid transitions and a remarkable tactical framework has put Gladbach back on their way to the top of the German football pyramid.

Written by Joel Parker.

After a strong start to the 2018/19 campaign, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s dreadful form post-February led to a major change for the following campaign. Gladbach had struggled to assert themselves in the Champions League spots following Lucien Favre’s resignation and football under Dieter Hecking had turned stale, winning just four of their last fifteen games.

Before the season had ended, sporting director Max Eberl had already announced the successor. Marco Rose grabbed European football’s attention thanks to an incredible spell in charge of Red Bull Salzburg. Rose’s fluid football, vertical and compact play whilst forming an aggressive high block off the ball, looked suitable to make the transition into Germany’s top league. 

Within less than twelve months, Gladbach have developed into one of Europe’s most flexible and flamboyant teams, without having a single aspect of their game that’s really underdeveloped. Their ability to effectively adapt to specific game situations showcases the strength in Rose’s coaching staff and the tactical insight they offer.

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