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Eberl addresses supporters ahead of Rose's return: "I hope we don't get drawn into a petty war."

By Peter Vice

The banners will be out in full force at Borussia Park this evening for Marco Rose's return to the club he left last season. 

BMG sporting director Max Eberl took the opportunity to address Gladbach's disaffected fan base directly at a Thursday presser. 

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For Bundesliga watchers, Marco Rose's move from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Borussia Dortmund constituted something of a poorly kept secret last season. At the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign, BVB trainer Lucien Favre sat on an expiring contract that the club appeared to have little interest in renewing. Rose, meanwhile, seemed the obvious choice to take over Germany's second richest club.


When Favre was dismissed after the campaign's 11th matchday, Rose's eventual appointment seemed a forgone conclusion. Gladbach's ultras were certainly cognizant of this fact. In the end, the unconvincing denials of BMG sporting director Max Eberl found little appreciation among the fan-base. The local supporters pushed the issue until Rose publicly confirmed it.

Speaking at a Thursday presser, Eberl tried to appeal for calm ahead of what will surely be an emotion-laden Bundesliga fixture under the Saturday night floodlights. For his own part, Eberl declared himself pleased to see his former colleague once again.

"I understand the need for the fans to voice their displeasure," Eberl noted, "One can do that in a country that allows for free expression. But, we still need our fans behind us. I hope we don't get drawn into this 'petty war'."

In a certain sense, Eberl did deliver the fan-base a high-profile appointment to offset Rose's loss. For what was then a record transfer sum, the 47-year-old lured Adi Hütter away from a club on the cusp of qualifying for the Champions' League to a non-European team facing financial challenges.

Gladbach's new trainer, asked if Rose's return influenced him in any way, understandably chastised a reporter by saying "that makes no sense."


Gladbach
(3-4-2-1)
1Yann Sommer
28Matthias Ginter
30Nico Elvedi
24Tony Jantschke
29Joseph Scally
8Denis Zakaria
17Kouadio Kone ↩73
20Luca Netz ↩70
23Jonas Hofmann ↩83
13Lars Stindl (C)
36Breel-Donald Embolo
Bench
21Tobias Sippel
7Patrick Herrmann
14Alassane Pléa
37Keanan Bennetts
15Louis Beyer
6Christoph Kramer ↪73
11Hannes Wolf ↪70
22László Bénes ↪83
32Florian Neuhaus
Dortmund
(3-5-2)
1Gregor Kobel
16Manuel Akanji
34Marin Pongracic ↩46
15Mats Hummels (C)
24Thomas Meunier ↩82
22Jude Bellingham
28Axel Witsel
8Mahmoud Dahoud
13Raphaël Guerreiro ↩82
21Donyell Malen ↩82
18Youssoufa Moukoko ↩57
Bench
35Marwin Hitz
36Ansgar Knauff ↪57
14Nico Schulz ↪82
10Thorgan Hazard ↪46
20Reinier ↪82
30Felix Passlack
39Marius Wolf ↪82

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