Mönchengladbach The use of the Algerian against Arminia Bielefeld is questionable because of his groin complaints. An 18 year old could do his job. And on the right, another teenager should appear for Borussia.
On Friday morning, the gates to the training ground remained closed for Borussia’s fans. Adi Hütter completed the penultimate training unit before the game against Arminia Bielefeld (Sunday, 7.30 p.m. / DAZN) in camera. It will be the same on Saturday when the trainer invites you to the final session. It is important to calmly prepare for the game against Arminia, at least in the last two days with the entire team and thus also with the returning national players.
One, however, returned from his international trip with new injury concerns: Ramy Bensebaini was substituted on Tuesday in Algeria’s game against Burkina Faso with a groin complaint. “It will be a race against time for him when it comes to the game on Sunday,” said Hütter about the health situation of his left-back. So it may well be that Gladbach’s coach is again forced to switch defenses due to injury.
Bensebaini had to pass at the start of the season, when Joe Scally replaced him on the left. With the game in Leverkusen, however, the young American had to switch to the right side because Stefan Lainer broke an ankle. And Matthias Ginter was absent from Berlin due to his Covid 19 infection. The head of defense is now back and will form the defense center against Bielefeld, now Hutter’s focus is back on the outside positions.
So it may be that he occupies the wings with two 18-year-olds against Bielefeld: In addition to Scally on the right, Luca Netz would then defend on the other side. The U19 national player, who moved from Hertha BSC to Borussia in the summer, canceled the most recent international match so that he could continue to join the team in Gladbach. In Leverkusen, the teenage duo formed Gladbach’s wing tongs at the end, now that could be the case from the start.
In theory, Jonas Hofmann would also be a candidate on the right side, as the 29-year-old was most recently a right-back in all three international matches of the German national team. Hütter had spoken to national coach Hansi Flick in advance about this. “Jonas can also play in this position in the national team because he is technically good and has a good feel for the offensive,” praised Hütter, who immediately followed suit: “We need him in other positions. For me he is out of the question – unless there is the worst case that we don’t have anyone who can play the position. ”But that’s not the case, especially since Jordan Beyer and Tony are also on the right Jantschke, who know this job very well from the past.
Hütter, however, once again explicitly mentioned Luca Netz and Joe Scally: “We have two young, talented players who are suitable for these positions.” So there could be a very young Gladbach full defense against Bielefeld if Bensebaini does not actually get fit in time for the game on Sunday evening.