Max Wöber: Bringing the fans joy with passionate displays

Max Wöber has become an important figure in Mönchengladbach despite having joined no more than eight weeks ago. The Austrian wasn’t only one of Borussia’s most prominent players defensively in their unfortunate 1-0 loss against RB Leipzig, but he also had an attacking influence.

To gain an impression of Max Wöber’s performance on Saturday, you just needed to take a look at his appearance after the full-time whistle. His left sock, where his shin pad is, was completely green. His shorts and shirt were also filthy in many places and had been marked with clear stains by the grass at BORUSSIA-PARK. These were all signs that Wöber had given everything over the course of the previous 90 minutes against RB Leipzig and that he had played with the same immense passion that we’ve come to expect from him.

Driving his teammates and the fans on

He picked up some of the visible stains during intense duels with his opponents. In approximately the 19th minute, Leipzig’s Benjamin Šeško did well with a high ball, but he was unable to shake off Wöber despite his best efforts and the Austrian finally managed to deal with the situation with an outstretched leg. “We were dangerous, we defended well and sacrificed a lot,” Wöber said, describing not only his, but the defensive efforts of the whole team. Wöber was also one of the most prominent players against RBL, not least because of his presence on the pitch. The Austria international is leading the way and is carrying his teammates and the fans along with him.

However, the 25-year-old was not satisfied in his analysis for obvious reasons. On the one hand, he wasn’t pleased that he missed three promising chances from corners. Another of those reasons was that the visitors were able to take advantage of a moment of carelessness to score the decisive goal through Timo Werner (75’). At the same time, it was important for him to put the disappointing result – as well as the start to the season with two points from five games - into context: “We’ve had some tough home games and have showed some really good signs. We can take some positives away from these fixtures. We’ve taken a step in the right direction,” Wöber explained, before going on to say: “It’s important that we manage to consistently keep doing well on the pitch, at home as well as away, and don’t produce halves of football like we did in Darmstadt. If we are able to consistently deliver today’s performance over 90 minutes, then we will pick up a win in the near future.”

Wöber: “The fans are unbelievable”

Wöber knows that the first win isn’t only important for the table, but also mentally. “We put ourselves under the most pressure as a team,” the Austrian stated. “We want to win, pick up points for this club and bring the fans joy.” For Wöber, it’s out of the question that another passionate performance is required next weekend in Bochum (Saturday, 30th September, 15:30 CEST). Another guarantee is that the team will continue to enjoy strong support from the fans in the stands. “The fans are unbelievable. We know that the guys and girls are behind us and support us fully. We can feel that and take this energy onto the pitch with us.”

Max Wöber is a communicative guy with clear views both on and off the pitch.
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