Borussia MOnchengladbach has been at the top for five match days. Coach Marco Rose and sporting director Max Eberl let the increased expectations bounce off yet. Midfielder Christoph Kramer says: "Fans should dream, they should cut out shells."
Marco Rose asked again for safety. "What should I talk about the autumn championship, we can not buy anything, or will we get anything, Max?", Said the coach of Bundesliga leader Borussia MOnchengladbach and turned briefly to sporting director Max Eberl. The grinned only – and simply spared an answer to the anyway not quite serious Throwing his neighbor. Enough said.
Autumn Cup? Title candidate? Bayern fright? The league leaders from the Lower Rhine are currently bouncing off all attempts to elicit a brisk announcement in the direction of the competition from Munich, Dortmund or Leipzig. Borussia have been at the top of the league table for five matches and will do so after four points lead after the twelfth round. Quite so unrealistic is that with the autumn championship so no more.
Rose knows that too. His credo still remains the old: "We want to win games, I know that's boring," said the season start from Salzburg brought coach. Ideally also on Saturday (15.30 / Sky) at Aufsteiger Union Berlin. And anyway: The autumn championship "is for me a little meaningful title, because de facto it is not a title," says the native of Leipzig. And so it remains the fans reserved to formulate the dreams too loud. "At some point Gladbach will be champion again sometime – and we are there," sang the northern curve at the latest 3-1 against Werder Bremen, the seventh win from the last eight league games. Christoph Kramer likes that. "The fans should dream that they should cut out shells," said the midfielder: "The euphoria can carry, that is part of the sport, that's something nice." The Borussia itself, however, should necessarily remain on the carpet, as Kramer sees it. Especially since Gladbach, if you want to search for a hair in the soup, strictly speaking, only two more points in the account than at the same time last season with Dieter Hecking. His successor Rose have now but "the positive, the optimistic born in the club," said Eberl before the trip to Berlin.
There a "tight but chic stadium" is waiting for the Borussia and a team with an "incredible readiness", so Rose. Union and Gladbach met so far only once in a competitive match. In the DFB Cup semi-final in 2001 Union won on penalties, in which Borussia failed among others Eberl from the point. His memories are "not the best," said Eberl now – and smiled again.
Should Borussia catch a better day at the Alte FOrsterei than 18 years ago, the autumn championship would be a bit closer, even if obviously nobody really cares. In any case, the mood at the turn of the year would not depend on where Borussia was placed: "We also have a nice Christmas," said Rose, who has a simple explanation far removed from football: "Because we love our families."