Despite an injury crisis, Borussia Mönchengladbach notched some eye-catching results in the first half of the 2017/18 season, even if Dieter Hecking’s Foals still have room for improvement.
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It has been an inconsistent Hinrunde from Gladbach, although that is in large part down to the club’s lengthy injury list.
Hecking has been without 10 first-team regulars at various points, including goalkeeper Yann Sommer, 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Christoph Kramer and USA international Fabian Johnson.
Even with a packed treatment room at the Borussia Park, there have been some notable wins en route to Gladbach’s current sixth place in the standings. A 3-1 victory at Hoffenheim in October made the Foals the first side to win in Sinsheim in almost 18 months, while Hecking’s troops also inflicted Jupp Heynckes’ only defeat since taking over as Bayern Munich coach.
There were, though, some concerning results, underlining a mental fragility within the ranks. Gladbach collapsed to a 6-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 6, and lost 5-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen three Matchdays later. Those results, as well as a DFB Cup exit to Leverkusen, mean that there remains room for improvement for Hecking’s troops.