Borussia Mönchengladbach won the Bundesliga crisis summit at FC Schalke 04 and ended the series of bankruptcies of the past few weeks. On the 26th matchday, coach Marco Rose’s team won 3-0 (1-0) at the designated relegated team.
Lars Stindl (15th), Stefan Lainer (63rd) and Schalke keeper Frederik Rönnow scored the goals with an own goal (72nd). “It wasn’t all round. But I think we deserved to win. We brought the consistency that we lacked recently. We played it very, very well and didn’t allow much in the back. Victory is above all else.” said Gladbach’s Matthias Ginter. His colleague Lainer demanded: “We want to start a series now.”
Gladbach had previously lost seven competitive games in a row and failed in the Champions League round of 16 to Manchester City. Schalke, meanwhile, have been waiting for a win since January 9 and are getting closer and closer to the almost inevitable relegation. The deficit on Hertha BSC on the relegation place is more than eleven points in a game.
“Gladbach played better and deserved to win. We made mistakes, we make a lot of decisive mistakes,” said Schalke’s Klaas Jan Huntelaar, who came on as a substitute for his second appearance after returning. Although Schalke remained goalless in the third game under Dimitrios Grammozis, Huntelaar praised the new coach: “He has a lot of energy and power. I think he does it well.”
Schalke had to accept a setback for the long-term planning on Saturday afternoon when the courted Ralf Rangnick canceled a possible engagement from summer. “I would have liked to help Schalke on the difficult path back to their old strength. Unfortunately, due to the numerous imponderables within the club, I am currently unable to take on the sporting responsibility at S04,” said Rangnick in one Press release cited.
FC Schalke 04 – Borussia M’gladbach: The coach votes
Marco Rose (coach Borussia M’gladbach): “To win a game again after such a phase feels good. We have to take that positive feeling with us, work hard and try to follow suit. It wasn’t always all bad when we lost the games. Today they really wanted the win. It was very, very deserved. “
Gladbach started dominantly and focused on game control and had more possession from the start, while Schalke acted very cautiously. The hosts attacked the guests aggressively deep in the opposing half, but immediately withdrew far back if they did not succeed.
After winning the ball, Schalke always tried to switch quickly, to use Raman or Hoppe and to come directly in front of the goal – but remained too imprecise with this approach. In the meantime, Gladbach developed a significant increase in chances in the course of the first half and thus earned the early 1-0 (15th) in retrospect.
Stindl had used Williams’ unsuccessful attempt at clarification (15th), whereupon Schalke coach Grammozis replaced the right wing player for Oczipka five minutes later. This change did not change the style of play and tactical formation of his team.
Gladbach also controlled the action in the second half without any problems and consequently increased his lead thanks to a header from Lainer (63rd) and an own goal by Schalke keeper Rönnow as a result of an Elvedi header (72nd). A Schalke rearing up did not materialize.
William started on the right wing and never found his way into the game. In the forward movement he did not set any accents, before the 0: 1 he let Thuram play him off and then made an unsuccessful attempt at clarification. Shortly afterwards it was replaced by Oczipka.