Two points from two games might seem like an acceptable outcome for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League's "Group of Death". Blowing a late two-goal lead, however, can't help but leave their trainer feeling absolutely gutted.
|Marco Rose.||Photo: Steindy, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0|
For the second week in a row, the foals let a UCL victory slip through their fingers. Head-coach Marco Rose appeared in no mood to berate his players for conceding two late goals in the final six minutes of play. For Rose, luck certainly played a role as Real threw everyone forward.
"When both central defenders are up there and six or seven players are in the box, you definitely need a bit of luck," Rose conceded, "I can hardly blame my team."
When it came to matter of whether the foals should have put the game beyond reach, Rose did let some bitter remarks slip
"Shakhtar scored the third goal," Rose noted, referring to the depleted Ukrainian side's 3-2 upset win over Real Madrid last week, "We didn't. We could have slammed the door shut earlier."
There were several missed chances for a 3-0 lead, most notably an opportunity for Alassane Plea to put the game beyond reach in the 61st.
Rose took care to accentuate the positives. "All in all it was a good cohesive performance," he remarked, "It never gets boring on the international level. It's fun to be here and we'll continue to fight to stay here."
|13||Lars Stindl (C) ↩79|
|10||Marcus Thuram ⚽⚽ ↩71|
|14||Alassane Pléa ↩79|
|7||Patrick Herrmann ↪71|
|36||Breel-Donald Embolo ↪79|
|11||Hannes Wolf ↪79|
|4||Sergio Ramos (C)|
|8||Toni Kroos ↩71|
|11||Marco Asensio ↩84|
|9||Karim Benzema ⚽|
|20||Vinícius Júnior ↩70|
|7||Eden Hazard ↪70|
|40||Sergio Santos Fernández|
|10||Luka Modrić ↪71|