Borussia Mönchengladbach – Eintracht Frankfurt: Gladbach Capitalize During Moments That Matter (4-2)
Frankfurt’s 5-3-2 defensive structure has proven difficult to play through, however Gladbach’s fast transitional play saw them score four against Adi Hütter’s team, asserting their place on top of the Bundesliga standings.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
Both Borussia Mönchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt returned to Bundesliga action following a more upbeat Europa League matchday for both teams. Though the game was evenly contested, it would take a 95th minute penalty from Lars Stindl to draw against AS Roma, whilst Frankfurt comfortably dispatched Standard Liège to keep close tabs with Arsenal in Group F.
Though Adi Hütter and Marco Rose had yet to go head-to-head with one another, their pathways to the Bundesliga draw similarities. Whilst Hütter led Red Bull Salzburg to a domestic double back in 2015, Rose oversaw the Austrian teams under-16’s. Since then, both managers have enjoyed great success in their journey to their current clubs.
Hütter masterminded BSC Young Boys’ first top-flight title since 1986, before leading Frankfurt to the Europa League semi-finals last campaign. Rose would take Salzburg to new heights in Austria, not losing a single home match during his two-year stint, also reaching the Europa League semi-finals the year before Hütter. Two great tacticians meeting for the first time, a highly anticipated match, ever since Rose’s appointment in the summer.
Gladbach remained top of the table, despite the
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