NEWS: 29.12.2017

In review: Meeting the Pope and a successful start

In review: Meeting the Pope and a successful start
Nico Elvedi celebrates scoring the decisive goal in the derby to kick-start Borussia's season.

Borussia have had an eventful year and we're taking a look back at 2017. Today: July and August.

JULY

July began with a trophy for one of the Fohlenelf. Lars Stindl won the Confederations Cup with the Germany national team and scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Chile in the final. In total, Borussia's captain scored three times in the competition. "I'm just glad to be a part of the national team setup and that my goals could make the difference to get the results the lads' performances have deserved," said Stindl following the victory.

Shortly thereafter, Borussia had a second Confederations Cup winner amongst their ranks as Matthias Ginter joined the Fohlenelf from Borussia Dortmund. "I went with my heart and decided to join Borussia Mönchengladbach," explained the defender at his unveiling.

The middle of July saw the Fohlenelf go on a training camp to Rottach-Egern by Lake Tegernsee. During the pre-season camp, Borussia took on OGC Nice who were coached by former Borussia head coach Lucien Favre. Borussia lost the friendly 2-1 but, on the whole, Borussia head coach, Dieter Hecking, was very happy with how the training camp had gone: "It's gone very well. All the sessions went as well as we'd hoped and everyone put in a good shift."

AUGUST

Ahead of their first game of the season, Borussia were granted a great honour. They were given the opportunity to meet Pope Francis in the Vatican. After the meeting, Borussia got to work with their first game of the season against fourth tier side Rot-Weiss Essen in the DFB-Pokal. Borussia trailed for long periods of the tie before two goals in three minutes from Jonas Hofmann and Raffael respectively ensured Borussia proceeded into the next round. "It was a fantastic match. It was everything you look for in a cup tie but at the end we deserved to go through," said Hecking.

In their first match of the Bundesliga season, Hecking's side faced rivals 1. FC Köln. The Fohlenelf managed to secure a 1-0 win in front of their own fans. At the beginning of the second half, Nico Elvedi scored to ensure the three points stayed in Mönchengladbach. Later on in the match, the returning Raul Bobadilla got his first few minutes under his belt. "Three points to start the season is very important. When it's a derby, that makes the fans even happier," said Hecking.

The Fohlenelf's first away trip of the Bundesliga season saw them head to Augsburg. The game was one of ups and downs for Gladbach. Despite dominating from the off, VfL found themselves 1-0 down before turning it around thanks to goals from Denis Zakaria and Oscar Wendt. It seemed at the break Gladbach merely had to see the game out and were in control. However, after the break, FCA stepped up a gear and scored an equaliser a minute before the final whistle. "We did not play well in the second half. We let Augsburg have too many chances and I don't know why we weren't able to keep our foothold on the game for the full 90 minutes," shared Zakaria after the game.