Moenchenkladbach After the 4-2 win at Rot-Weiss Essen, Gladbach coach Daniel Farke was satisfied – but immediately knew what he had to work on with his team. Among the younger players, the 45-year-old was impressed by one fact.
Marcus Durham looked a little incredulous. Because when the double goalscorer of the first half came out of the dressing room in the bathroom on Friday evening, the 1:3 on the scoreboard suddenly turned into 2:3. After a misunderstanding between substitute goalkeeper Moritz Nicolaus and Enrique Lofolomos, the young Borussia side conceded 2:3 in the 49th minute of the game, Durham scored when he returned to the field.
For a while it looked like Durham and the rest of Gladbach might have to worry about their lead, but after ten minutes an Essen own goal restored the old two-goal gap. Durham and Gladbach’s new coach Daniel Farke could observe from the sidelines how the game calmed down after an eventful first half, unsurprisingly given the number of changes both teams made at the break.
“We’ve only been together for five days. I’ll split the game in half: in the first half there were a lot of experienced players on the pitch and then we went 3-1 up. A big credit to the lads in the second half. It’s with the U19s, the U23s and one or two loan players coming back. It was more or less a mixed bag,” Farke said after the game.
After 45 minutes, he changed his entire starting eleven to turn a “bad start” into a 2: 3 goal for those who arrived at half-time, then “impressed with the youth’s resilience and energy. The player show put the day”.
The new Gladbach coach was impressed by the more than 9,000 spectators who gathered at Essen’s Hafenstrasse. “It was an exciting atmosphere for the friendly, the whole club is happy after the promotion and it was a tough game for us,” said Farke, who was particularly impressed by Marcus Durham’s two first-half goals. Can stand out with penalty kicks.
“It’s good for an attacker’s form, fitness and confidence. It shows that he is fully focused on Borussia Mönchengladbach and ready to get himself in a good position,” praised Farke, but had to admit that “all is not well yet”.
Because his team made repeated mistakes. Sometimes the pass didn’t come through, sometimes teammates were put under unnecessary pressure or the ball dropped, true for the experienced eleven in the first half and the young team in the second half – mistakes made by all the preparations at this stage, they are completely normal and nothing to worry about. In the end, the score was 4:2.
After all, Borussia could thank Tobias Sippel, who denied Essen some big chances. “We lacked a bit of sharpness in defence. But we still haven’t been able to work on our defensive behavior in the game against the ball,” said Farke. The 90 minutes should have given Essen some insight as he saw 23 players in the match for the first time. “You can see the beginning, but we’re still a long way from where we want to be,” he said. After ten practice sessions something else will be amazing.
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