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A win thanks to fight and character

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The day after: A confident win, a battling, energetic and feisty Frenchman and a goal-getting defender. Everything you need to know following Saturday's 2-0 win over FC Augsburg.

Story of the match

The Fohlenelf showed from the off how much they wanted to banish the last-minute defeat in Köln last week, and looked to run in behind their visitors from kick off. The first corner brought the first goal, as Matthias Ginter connected perfectly with a Thorgan Hazard delivery to power Borussia into the lead. “The team were focued in the first half, had their wits about them, had control of the game and got the goal at the right time,” said Hecking. Towards the end of the half there were two VAR decisions which both went in favour of Augsburg – the first when Daniel Opare was only given a yellow for a foul on Raffael, and then moments later when Daniel Baier was adjudged to have no handled deliberately in the penalty area. “Augsburg put a lot into the game, and covered the whole field. We should have used the counter attack a lot better in that time,” remarked Hecking. His Foals threw everything at maintaining their lead and they were able to extend it at the end of the game as the roles were reversed from the opener as Hazard finished off a counter from Ginter’s pass. “We showed a lot of fight and character out there, and in the end it was a deserved victory,” said sporting director Max Eberl. The boys demonstrated just how much they can fight today,” concluded Hecking.

Paper Review

Rheinische Post:"After a workman-like 2-0 win over Augsburg, Borussia have cemented their place in the Bundesliga’s Europa League places and let their fans enjoy an easy afternoon following last week’s Derby defeat.”

Kicker:"Borussia Mönchengladbach celebrated a 2-0 win over Augsburg on Saturday to give themselved breathing space in the race for Europe from those teams around them. A match of fairly high quality was settled in effect thanks to an early set piece goal.

WAZ:A double act from Matthias Ginter and Thorgan Hazard paved the way for a Borussia win on an entertaining afternoon. The German international and Belgian internationals shared a goal and an assist apiece in the win over Augsburg.

Man of the Match

Despite Thorgan Hazard and Matthias Ginter dominating the assist and goalscorer stats yesterday, the Foals fans awarded Man of the Match to Michael Cuisance. The Frenchman was recalled after an injury to Christoph Kramer, but repaid the trust shown to him by putting in a splendid performance in the midfield. “Micha was superb today, and had everything Augsburg threw at him under control. The 18-year-old came out on top in 60% of his tackles during the game, had more touches than any other Foal (81) and took more shots at goal than any other player on the pitch (5). He also covered 11.9 kilometres. „Michael understood completely what was asked of him today, and did not let that affect his creativity,” said Eberl.

Number of the match

9: The opening goal from Matthias Ginter was the ninth scored by a Gladbach defender in the Bundesliga this season – and other back line in the league has been as deadly. It was the fourth goal of the season for Ginter, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Friday.

Jannik Vestergaard already has three goals, while Nico Elvedi and Oscar Wendt have also found the net. As well as celebrating his goal, Ginter was also able to celebrate a first clean sheet since his side’s 2-0 win in Bremen in October. “We got stuck in to every ball and defended well. We haven’t kept many clean sheets this season so we are even more delighted that we were able to do it today,” said the centre-back.

Squad situation

As those not involved in yesterday’s fixture trained on Sunday morning, those who had came in for a warm down session. With no new injuriespicked yesterday, Hecking continues to be without Raul Bobadilla, Fabian Johnson, Ibrahima Traoré, Tobias Strobl, László Bénes and Mamadou Doucouré. Christoph Kramer continues to improve as well, and could well begin training with his teammates again at the start of the week.

The table

The three points lift Borussia up two places to fourth in the Bundesliga, with the race for Europe as close as ever. Bayer Leverkusen currently lie second, just one point clear of the Fohlenelf. “To be fourth with 31 points is no bad thing at all,” said Hecking. “But this matchday showed once again just how tight everything is right now. For us it’s all about picking up points regularly, to hopefully try to build a gap to those behind.”

Outlook

It’s a shortened training week for the Foals this week, who travel to Frankfurt to play Eintracht on Friday (20.30) Preparations will begin on Tuesday with a morning and afternoon session, before a following workout on Wednesday and a behind-closed-doors session on Thursday ahead of Matchday 20 on Friday.



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