Borussia Mönchengladbach – Schalke ‘04: Both teams struggle to perform in new systems (0-0)
Adopting new systems and styles can result in your team underperforming, whilst getting used to it. Both Borussia Mönchengladbach and Schalke ‘04 showed glimpses of quality, but the score remained goalless thanks to Gladbach’s high counterpressing and Schalke’s positional play out of possession.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
The opening weekend of the Bundesliga season would see two of Germany’s big names go head-to-head at Borussia-Park. Borussia Mönchengladbach versus Schalke ‘04 is the most played opening day fixture in Bundesliga history, but this matchup promised to be much different in comparison to last season.
Both managers from Gladbach and Schalke are two of eight to make their managerial debuts in Germany’s top-flight. Marco Rose comes in with a strong reputation, having dominated the Austrian league with Red Bull Salzburg. With an effective vertical passing style, fast and fluid attacking transitions and a compact counterpress, Rose was destined to manage in the Bundesliga. Gladbach appointed him after dismissing Dieter Hecking at the end of last season.
Schalke’s change in the dugout was for much different reasons. Following their worst campaign in 31 years, David Wagner’s job in hand is to restore Schalke’s presence in the top half, rather than being sucked in a gruesome relegation battle. Big-money additions such as Ozan Kabak from VfB Stuttgart and Benito Raman from Fortuna Düsseldorf, certainly express the importance of a top finish for Schalke.
Marco Rose started Gladbach in a 4-3-1-2 formation; giving debuts to Stefan Lainer at right back, Breel Embolo - signed from Schalke - as a false nine A striker that constantly drops deep and . . .