Matchday 30 of the Bundesliga is highlighted by the battle of the Borussias in Mönchengladbach — just don’t call it a derby.
To learn more about Dortmund’s opponents on Saturday, we reached out to Gladbach fan Younis Sultan, whom you can follow on Twitter @WMFormation.
Gladbach seem to have stabilised under Dieter Hecking. Was a steady hand all they needed?
Stability has been a big factor on why we seem to be doing much better. Apart from the fact that he didn’t have any hair, the problem with Andre Schubert was he tried to micromanage the team when our best asset was the fluidity we have in the front four. During his tenure he couldn’t quite get the balance between attacking and defending, we either drew every game 0-0 or won/lost them 5-3.
Hecking is often considered one of the most boring managers in Germany. How are Gladbach setting up under him?
Apart from resurrecting Jonas Hofmann’s career, he’s not really done anything amazing. He’s got the team back to basics and playing a lot like they were under Lucien Favre. The only real difference is the play going forward is more emphasized on the wings now. In a sense it’s a bit boring but Gladbach have always been entertaining to watch, so his methods may be quite boring but we’ve played some good games with him so far.
Raffael (a favourite of all the YWP panelists) and Thorgan Hazard are set to miss the game on Saturday – how big a loss are those two?
I actually cannot remember as a Gladbach fan the last time we had a number 9 scoring goals consistently, it’s probably to do with the way we play but it means there’s more emphasis on goals from everywhere which Raffael and Hazard do have. They’ll be a big miss as both are able to change a game in a flash, we don’t really have too much of that.
Mahmoud Dahoud will join BVB in the summer. How have Gladbach fans reacted to the transfer and how has Dahoud been doing in the last few weeks?
I think most knew this was coming and have sort of dealt with it which has helped, Dahoud was lucky or unlucky I guess to have left while everyone just wants the team back playing like they can. Sometimes you must take a few steps back to get some more forward. On a personal note, Dahoud has done well. He had a bit of a bad second half against Schalke in the Europa League, after the referee gave a nonsense penalty against him and his head went but other than that he’s been a model pro.
Gladbach have lost to Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and 1899 Hoffenheim under Hecking – the top 3 in the Bundesliga table. Are they flat-track bullies?
I think when you’re a club like Gladbach, the level of quality you can have is quite limited, so you have to be more efficient and more clever as a team. As I said before I think all of our effort is currently focused on just trying to get back to where we used to be, so I wouldn’t think we’ve been flat track bullies. What’s the next one down from that?
I’m going for a 3-2.
Thanks again to Younis, and good luck in all but one of the games left this season!