In the opening friendly of their pre season campaign, Borussia were victorious in the city derby against 1. FC Mönchengladbach, coming out on top by eight goals to nil. All the goals came in the first half.
New head coach Marco Rose witnessed a very one-sided game on his first game in charge. In front of around 2,300 spectators at the Rheydter Grenzlandstadion, the Foals forced their sixth-tier opponents deep into their own half throughout and created a number of goal scoring opportunities. Alassane Plea found the back of the net three times and Michaël Cuisance scored a brace. The other three goals came via Jonas Hofmann, Raffael and Keanan Bennetts. After the break and ten changes, the Foals remained in control of the game but couldn’t find the back of the net again, and the second half ended scoreless.
In the first half Tobias Sippel was between the sticks, behind a back line of Kaan Kurt, Michel Lieder, Matthias Ginter and Oscar Wendt. Cristoph Kramer, Michaël Cuisance, Keanan Bennetts and Jonas Hofmann made up the midfield, whilst Alassane Plea partnered Raffael in attack. The Brazilian was replaced after 30 minutes by Aaron Herzog.
Rose made ten changes at half time, with only Herzog coming back out after the break. New signing Max Grün was the goalkeeper in the second half, Fabian Johnson, Tom Gaal, Nico Elvedi and another new arrival in Stefan Lainer made up the back four, behind a midfield of Tobias Strobl, Denis zakaria, Aaron Herzog and László Bénes. Patrick Herrmann and Charalambos Makridis led the line.
In addition to internationals Florian Neuhaus and Ibrahima Traoré, who are still on their summer break, Rose made do without Yann Sommer, Andreas Poulsen and Michael Lang, with the latter two only just having returned to team training. Jordan Beyer, Tony Jantschke, Lars Stindl, Julio Villalba and Breel Embolo all missed out thorough injury.