After two thrilling nights of Champions League football, our attention was turned towards the Europa League. The competition also made its comeback with many interesting clashes that involved some of the big names. In Germany, Marco Rose’s Borussia Mönchengladbach welcomed the Austrian club Wolfsberger A.C. to their home, Borussia-Park.
Rose is very familiar with the visitors, having played them when he managed Red Bull Salzburg two seasons earlier. This summer, he was appointed into Mönchengladbach’s managerial spot, replacing Dieter Hecking. They had a big summer that saw many interesting additions coming to the club, such as Ramy Bensebaini, Stefan Lainer and Breel Embolo. And it’s no surprise to see the German club had a positive start to the season, securing seven out of the possible twelve points from the first four matches.
On the other hand, this is Wolfsberger’s second season in the Europa League since 2015. Gerhard Struber’s side finished third in the Austrian Bundesliga and therefore secured their spot in the group stage for the first time in their history. As many would have thought they were an underdog and inexperienced side when they travelled to Germany, things went a different way on the field. They came out on top with a shocking 4-0 win, with three of their goals being scored inside the first half.
This tactical analysis will provide an analysis of Wolfsberger’s dominant win over Borussia Mönchengladbach. Meanwhile, using statistics, we will point out what went wrong in Rose’s tactics against Struber’s tactics.
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