Borussia Mönchengladbach ended Bayern Munich’s unbeaten run with a 3-1 win at Borussia Park on Saturday afternoon.
Dayot Upamecano was sent off within the first 10 minutes after bringing down Alassane Pléa which opened the game up, Lars Stindl would then open the scoring from outside of the box. 10 minutes before half-time, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting equalised from an Alphonso Davies cross. Jonas Hofmann would give Gladbach the lead from a counter-attack then at the end of the game Marcus Thuram broke his goal drought to secure the win. Mathys Tel would make it 3-2 but it was too late.
The win means that Bayern’s lead remains at one point with Union Berlin and Borussia Dortmund both playing on Sunday whilst Daniel Farke’s Gladbach move up to eighth.
Lars Stindl is still important for Borussia Mönchengladbach
The 34-year-old opened the scoring in the game which means he has four goals in five games in 2023. Stindl proved once again that he is important for Gladbach in this win. With his contract expiring in the summer it is key that Gladbach finds a way to get him to extend and for the veteran to finish his career at Borussia Park. The idea of returning home to Karlsruhe may be appealing but he is above the 2. Bundesliga.
João Cancelo’s impact has not been felt
In his first five games for Bayern, Cancelo has had two assists against Wolfsburg and Mainz. However, in the past two games against Gladbach and PSG, Cancelo is yet to leave his mark on the team and has struggled to show the quality he possesses when attacking. His teammate Alphonso Davies has outshone Cancelo recently and even replaced the Portuguese international against PSG.
Borussia Mönchengladbach show they are better than Daniel Farke says
In the press conference before the game, Farke stated how Europe was not possible for Gladbach and that they should be happy with mid-table. Their performance today proved otherwise and showed that they can easily be competing for the European Conference place with the likes of Wolfsburg. With games against Mainz, Freiburg and RB Leipzig on the horizon, Gladbach should use this win as a springboard to take them back into the European places and finish the season strong.
GGFN | Jack Meenan