Actually, there can be no better opponent for borussia monchengladbach to make amends against. Against fortuna dusseldorf, borussia is still in debt to its own supporters anyway.
Accordingly, coach marco rose quickly shrugged off the european shock against the austrian provincial club wolfsberger AC. "We’ve refocused and we all know we want to perform differently," rose said after a "relatively long night" on friday in view of sunday’s neighborhood duel against fortuna (15.30:00 p.M.].
"The game yesterday did not live up to our expectations. For this reason alone, we should make a derby out of it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s against buxtehude or dusseldorf," rose demanded for the duel against fortuna, which gladbach likes to call a non-derby. Fortuna inflicted a similar ignominy on borussia half a year ago when it lost 3-1 to the WAC.
"We’ve already put a spanner in the works today," rose now said of the first hefty downward drift of his tenure, and the day after gladbach’s highest european cup home defeat to the no-name team from karnten, he asked the reservists to training with a laugh. Some of them may have been used on sunday. Rose had already announced the rotation before the european league disgrace, which the "bild" called the "grossest german-austrian disgrace since cordoba. At the 1978 world cup, the german national team lost 3-2 to austria in argentina.
"Fubball is very fast moving. Yesterday we were still talking about the derby win in koln and how great it all was. Today we’re talking about the biggest disgrace of all," said rose himself and called for swift reparations: "we should get our act together relatively quickly now. We don’t want to have a feeling like that again so soon," rose said about the "nightmare" (national player matthias ginter) against the WAC. The neighborhood duel against fortuna is a test of character in two respects.
Borussia already experienced a nightmare in march in dusseldorf. The 1:3 under rose-operator dieter hecking was a low point in the club’s young history. Thursday’s match was frighteningly reminiscent of the game in march that triggered the team’s fall from the champions league ranks. "We played against an opponent with incredible intensity, passion and willingness," rose said on thursday. His team did not have all that. This is exactly the same for the last game against fortuna.
Here, too, gladbach representatives admitted that they had not taken the game with the right attitude, while the fortunes, who are often laughed at in the gladbach environment, celebrated the game like a derby. This was similar against the motivated european cup newcomer now. A reaction is needed one way or the other. "We have to change something, that is very clear. We can’t accept a game like that," midfielder denis zakaria said. It is questionable with which team the reaction should succeed. Also in view of the impressions of thursday, a rotation also seems sporty compelling. Rose stated almost defiantly: "this may have been an important game for us at some point in time."