Team Review: Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 21, 2014
Borussia Monchengladbach in the 2013-14 Season

Bundesliga Finish: Sixth

Match Results: W16-D7-L11

(Featured image: Mönchengladbach | Source: bundesliga.com)

 

Borussia Mönchengladbach had a generally pleasant run last season, finishing within the top six, scoring a positive goal difference, and remaining in the tournament for a sixth consecutive year. Although they started their season campaign with a defeat from eventual champions Bayern Munich, they managed to keep tabs on their Bundesliga success and were even pegged as football betting favorites on several fixtures. Earning 55 points from 34 matches, the side are eligible of entering the 2014-15 Europa League play-off round.

 

Mönchengladbach scored 16 wins and seven draws from all their league matches. Their biggest successes were the ones against Hannover 96 and Hertha Berlin when they won on a three-goal clean sheet against both of them. However, they also lost a few times without scoring any goal. At the DFB-Pokal, the team failed to get past the first round, eliminated by 3. Liga side Darmstadt 98.

 

The team signed three new players during the summer window: midfielder Raffael from Dynamo Kyiv, forward Max Kruse from SC Freiburg, and defender Christoph Kramer from Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Among those who left Gladbach were forward Igo de Camargo for Hoffenheim, forward Mathew Leckie for Frankfurt, and striker Luuk de Jong for Newcastle United.

 

Die Fohlen had a yoyo journey last season, falling as far as the 14th spot during the season opening to as high as third place on week 17. From all Bundesliga matches, they netted 59 goals and conceded 43. Raffael emerged as the squad’s best scorer with 15 goals produced which made him one of 10 highest scoring players in the tournament for that season. He was also Gladbach’s top assister with 12 passes, tying with Firmino in the second spot overall and behind Marco Reus who made 14 assists.