Anyone who supports Borussia Mönchengladbach will be happy that the 2021/22 season is finally over. Overall, they had promised a lot more on the Lower Rhine and looked at the international ranks – but they were clearly missed. Many players fell short of expectations and their opportunities.
90min evaluates the performance of Borussia – in the first part it is the defensive’s turn:
By far the best Gladbacher in the past season. Sommer was the only player in normal form in many games and saved a number of points with strong saves. If the keeper hadn’t been in such a good mood, the season might have been even worse.
Tobias Sippel, Jan Olschowsky:
After the outstanding summer, the substitute keepers remained without assignments.
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Nominally Gladbach’s best central defender, but Ginter’s uncertain contractual situation was evident for long stretches of the season. He had a highlight game here and there, such as the 2-1 win against Bayern at the start of the second half of the season, when he was simply outstanding – but in too many games Ginter made positional mistakes, lack of concentration and weak duels.
Basically Ginter’s decal – only that his shape fluctuations can’t be explained by his unclear contractual situation. He oscillated too often between district and world class, as the saying goes; in the new season Elvedi has to bring consistency. He certainly has what it takes to be a tough defender.
The Gladbach football god was more or less dispensable during the season under Adi Hütter – he only had three appearances in the end. The 32-year-old is a crowd favorite, but has probably passed his peak in sport.
A bright spot of the Gladbach season. Beyer had not seen any country under Rose last season – but Hütter relied on the youngster. The homegrown player was unlucky in that he had to be sidelined for weeks with a muscle injury, but when Beyer was fit he was often Gladbach’s best central defender. That gives hope for more.
Came in winter to be set up as Ginter successor. However, Friedrich’s start at Borussia-Park was a bumpy one – he conceded two penalties immediately after arrival and often didn’t make a happy impression after that. After that, he was also disabled by a Covid-19 infection. After getting used to it, there must be more to come in the new season.
The bad luck with injuries stayed with him this season.
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The start of the season couldn’t have been worse for Lainer, because he was out for weeks after the second day of play with a broken ankle. The first half of the season was more or less over. In the second half of the season, ‘Stevie’ also noticed the long break (unsurprisingly) – but the longer it went, the more momentum he got into. The Austrian should be in top form again in 2022/23.
The US boy had a brilliant start to the season and made an excellent impression in the first half of the season. After that, Scally slacked off a bit, but what he showed was really good for his first full season in the Bundesliga.
The Bensebaini framework:
Gladbach’s mentality monster was not able to constantly put his horsepower on the pitch and was also often moved back and forth between left and central defense. All in all a solid season – but by his standards there should have been more.
Similar to Scally, the network was also reliable – even though he is Gladbach’s youngest. The new signing from Hertha made a lot of steam on his left side and finally recorded four assists.
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