Borussia Mönchengladbach’s First Half Performance vs. SchalkeBy: Jan | February 13th, 2012
Impressions are still fresh, which makes it easier to indulge in hyperbole, but during the first 45 minutes against Schalke, Gladbach delivered some of the finest team football the Bundesliga has seen this season. On top, there was a goal for every personal preference in football artistry anyone could have: a great individual goal by Marco Reus, an even greater team goal finished off by Mike Hanke and a beautiful goal from a free kick by Juan Arango.
The second half was rather anti-climactic, as Gladbach took a well deserved rest, following a stressful 120 minute midweek DFB-Pokal fight, while Schalke had long given up on the idea, that they could turn the match around against this particular Gladbach side.
Gladbach’s record against the top three teams now is as follows: vs Bayern (2 wins), vs Schalke (2 wins, 1 loss) and vs Dortmund (1 draw). That’s certainly good enough of a stat to promote them to serious title contenders. Yet, doubts remain over their ability to grind out all the necessary three points against bottom of the table sides.
But, while still a dark horse, Gladbach should be, for every non Schalke, Bayern and Dortmund fan, the team to love, watch and root for in the title race this season. When they turn on the style, there is no better team to watch in the league at the moment.