Three things we learnt from Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-1 RB Leipzig

Borussia Mönchengladbach played host to RB Leipzig as they continued to look for their first win of the season but were unable to as a Timo Werner goal was the difference maker at Borussia Park. 

The majority of the game went by with very little action, until in the 75th minute, Xavi Simons’ played through Timo Werner for him to score his first goal of the season. After Werner’s goal, the game once again resorted to the norm with very little action as Leipzig secured the three points. 

Gladbach sees no signs of improvement:

Today’s loss against Leipzig means that Gladbach remains winless this season and currently sits 15th in the Bundesliga. In what is a transitional year for die Fohlen there is obviously no signs of the team improving week by week. Against Darmstadt, they were able to show the determination to come from behind to rescue a point but against Leipzig that was nonexistent.

Gladbach have struggled when it comes to creativity in attack with Franck Honorat not currently able to replicate his form for Brest, while Alassane Pléa, Nathan Ngoumou, Robin Hack and Jordan all offered nothing going forward. If Gladbach fails to address these issues they will likely find themselves drifting into a relegation fight which at the moment they do not look like they will win.

RB Leipzig have a wealth of attacking options:

Today showed that Leipzig have a host of attacking riches. Although Fabio Carvalho, Loïs Openda were not at their best today, the fact that Timo Werner was able to come off the bench and score shows that they can be versatile in their attack, while the standouts from today Xavi Simons and Benjamin Seško can also add to their options. 

With a crucial game against Bayern Munich next weekend, Marco Rose will likely have a headache for who should start the game. 

Rocco Reitz is the future of Gladbach’s midfield:

Midfield Rocco Reitz once again showed that he will be a key part of Gladbach’s midfield in the coming seasons. In his three starts for the club, he has been one of the only bright sparks in what has been a poor team performance. With the likelihood that Manu Koné will leave in the near future, Reitz is the ready-made replacement for the Frenchman. 

GGFN | Jack Meenan 


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