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For several weeks, Borussia Mönchengladbach is on the top of the Bundesliga table – but how realistic is that they will be there on the last day of the season. Will they win their first title after 42 years? I’ve picked out some aspects that suggest that the „Meisterschaft“ goes to the Lower Rhine in 2020.

Rehearsed team

The main players of the Fohlen have been playing together for years. Patrick Herrmann (joined the club in 2008), Oscar Wendt (2011), Christoph Kramer (with interruption since 2013 at Borussia), the most experienced player Raffael (2013), Yann Sommer (2014) and Captain Lars Stindl (2015) already play several seasons together and ensure the safety and leadership in the team. Even the change of manager, at least four in the last five years, did not cause a serious crash in terms of their athletic performance. And: The Borussia is broad-based, each position is well staffed. Injuries can be well compensated.

Manager Marco Rose

Some Bundesliga side struggled for the native Leipzig, but Rose decided to join Mönchengladbach. At RB Salzburg the 43-year-old reched the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League. Rose was trained during his time in Mainz by Jürgen Klopp, who shaped him playfully as well as humanely. Like the Liverpool manager Rose stands for a style of play with fast switching to ball conquest. Players like Patrick Herrmann, Denis Zakaria and Laszlo Benes benefit immensely from the new style. He is also considered a perfect motivator. Marco Rose knows only too well how to handle the situation in the league standings, when he and his Austrian team won championship twice – the best prerequisite for being able to do it now with a higher-quality team!

Double burden? No problem!

Even though there was a surprise defeat against Wolfsberg (1:4), the Rose team is still holding all the aces. And obviously, the three-day game rhythm is even conducive to the „Elf vom Niederrhein“: Borussia Mönchengladbach won all Bundesliga games that took place in a Europa League week. In the German Cup, Gladbach were eliminated 1:2 in Dortmund.

Positive environment

The last title win is now over 24 years back. In 1995 Gladbach celebrated winning the DFB Cup. After all, with relegation battle has been on the Lower Rhine for half an eternity nothing more to do. The recent success of the foals puts all the fans into a real intoxication. As many fans as this season, the Borussia did not count, especially in away trips. The followers, who had won Gladbach at the last championship title in Germany in 1977, can experience a success-era considered no longer possible. Of course, this euphoria gives the team another positive push.

Sports Director Max Eberl

Sure, the Borussia had to cope well-known departures (Xhaka, Dahoud, Thorgan Hazard, Vestergaard) in the last five years, but this could always compensate almost completely. Eberl, who has been responsible for the composition of the Gladbach squad for twelve years, identifies himself 100 percent with the club and its tasks. Since assuming office, he always proved the right touch. Undiscovered talents who were usually sold with a rich transfer plus. In addition, he is someone who acts courageously and sometimes makes decisions that you can not understand first – but so far they have usually paid off, such as he sacked former manger Dieter Hecking.

Bad competitors

Another advantage for the Borussia is the weakening competition. After the surprising defeat of Gladbach at Union Berlin, the top favorites from Munich and Dortmund are although again close to Gladbach‘s heels, but just seems the BVB is far from back in the right track. The Bavarians, however, seem to find the old form under new coach Hansi Flick. Therefore, the game on 7 December at the Borussia Park may be groundbreaking. In second place is RB Leipzig, who won the first leg in Mönchengladbach, but could not win a league match in October.

All these points let the Borussia fans hope to finally complete the season after a long lean period. Let’s see how long they maintain their top position. The reasons given here argue in favor of the fact that on the 34th matchday Mönchengladbach is still on the top! There’s only one problem: The Mönchengladbach town hall has no balcony!