From two short term selection issues in defence, to a winner in an unusual position, to the journey straight from the hotel to the training ground – everything you need to know on The Foals’ second place finish in the tournament in Heimstetten.
The story of the tournament
Borussia progressed to the final of the Schainsland-Reisen Cup in Heimstetten with a 1-0 victory over third-tier side TSV 1860 Munich. Patrick Herrmann scored the only goal of the game, with Borussia having chances to win by a more comfortable score line but being unable to convert. Gladbach suffered a narrow 1-0 loss at the hands of Bundesliga rivals FC Augsburg in the final despite good chances to score, with FCA goalkeeper on hand with a number of strong saves. “I saw things that we want to see and need, and also saw things that we still need to and have to work on. But that is completely normal at this stage of pre season. There were a lot of good signs that we can work on,” said head coach Marco Rose.
In the media
Rheinische Post: “Gladbach let too many chances go to waste against Augsburg and lost the final in Heimstetten. FC Augsburg were the deserved winners in the end.”
Express: “Borussia Mönchengladbach missed the chance to win their first trophy under new head coach Marco Rose (42)… in the final Marco Rose made ten changes to the semi-final – only 17-year-old Kaan Kurt started both games.”
On a side note
It wasn’t a normal day for Cristoph Kramer; exactly five years ago to the day Borussia’s midfield man lifted the World Cup in Brazil with the German national team. “I am delighted about the memory and I’m pleased and proud that I’m still playing football five years on,” said Kramer, who, on a day far from average, partnered fellow Foal and World Cup winner Matthias Ginter in defence for the final of the Heimstetten tournament. “I don’t think that will be a common thing. We were just a bit thin in terms of central defence, so I played there,” explained Kramer.
U23s player Mika Hanraths, who travelled with the first team for the tournament, missed out through illness. Stefan Lainer suffered a shin injury in training before the game and as such was unavailable to take part.
The Foals will leave the H4 Hotel and depart directly for the training camp in Tegernsee. The team bus will travel straight to the training pitch, where the team will undergo their first training session at 12:00 CEST. As a result of Saturday’s tournament, the focus of the session will be predominantly regenerative.