Glad­bach hope to keep win­ning edge

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Ber­lin

– Borus­sia Moenchengl­ad­bach hope the in­ter­na­tional break has not slowed their mo­men­tum as they pre­pare to face Union Ber­lin to­day af­ter their sur­prise run to the top of the Bun­desliga.

Glad­bach are en­joy­ing their best sea­son since they last won the Bun­desliga ti­tle in 1977 and have won eight of their 11 games so far. They are top on 25 points, four ahead of RB Leipzig and cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich, and travel to Ber­lin to­day as the league re­sumes.

Key to the Foals’ suc­cess so far has been their ex­tremely solid and dis­ci­plined back­line that has let in just 11 goals, fewer than any other ti­tle ri­val, and a pro­lific frontline that in­cludes rev­e­la­tion Mar­cus Thu­ram.

The 22-year-old son of French World Cup win­ner Lil­ian Thu­ram has so far net­ted five times and set up an­other five goals in his first Bun­desliga sea­son, with Glad­bach boast­ing the se­cond best goal tally hav­ing net­ted more than two goals per game.

Added to the recipe is new coach Marco Rose’s tac­ti­cal nous that has given Glad­bach a win­ning edge and grow­ing con­fi­dence.

“I don’t think the in­ter­na­tional break will slow us down,” said Glad­bach de­fender Os­car Wendt (pic­tured). “But it is cor­rect to say that be­fore it we were in fine form and no one would have minded play­ing on.

“But the break was good for us. Those with­out a break come back with a lot of con­fi­dence from the Euro qual­i­fiers. So I am con­vinced that we will pick up in

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