Borussia Mönchengladbach go to autumn champions RB Leipzig with two points in the winter break. The foals had to settle for a 0-0 at the final at Hertha BSC, the chances of the autumn championship were without a chance in theory. Only with a victory with 14 goals difference h’tte Gladbach the Leipzigers could still be denied from first place.
Fer Hertha meant the point win another step out of the table cellar, but the team under coach Jürgen Klinsmann is now unbeaten for four years. It is considered probable that the capital club will be prominently reinforced in the winter thanks to the millions of investors Lars Windhorst. Ex-Gladbacher Granit Xhaka of Arsenal FC is in the mix.
In front of 50,208 spectators in the Olympic Stadium, both teams play very subdued. Gladbach’s coach Marco Rose had his team with three stubborns and the “ten” Florian Neuhaus offensively. But the m’den G’ste struggled against the Berlin defense, which was already very safe in the past league games.
Hertha only hits the bar
Even the Hertha have the much better chances in the initial phase. Dodi Lukebakio with a header from three yards (19th). Just three minutes from time, Eduard Léwen, who replaced yellow-carded Marko Grujic in the starting eleven, set the bar with a free-kick from distance. After half an hour, Lukebakio’s shot was only a few centimetres short of the lead for Berlin.
The Gladbachers acted in the game forward for a long time without ideas, only attacker Alassane Pléa shot in the first round for the goal (39th). Hertha has hardly Méhe, the B’lle too and then ‘about the fast Lukebakio and Javairo Dilrosun counters. But the Berliners lacked some determination and accuracy.
After the change of sides, Gladbach came out of the cab with a clear swing and had three good chances through Denis Zakaria (55th), Pléa (59th) and Breel Embolo (63rd). Since the Berliners did not hide behind, a rather lively part develops in the second H-lfte.