The Blues make one more stop off in Germany for the final pre-season game ahead of the Premier League returning next week
After the quick stop in Austria, Chelsea goes over the border and head into Germany for their final fixture of the 2019-20 pre-season against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
WHO ARE BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH?
Borussia Mönchengladbach – nicknamed Die Fohlen (The Foals) – was founded back in 1900 with the name FC Borussia, before merging in with Turnverein Germania 1889 in 1919, becoming 1899 VfTuR M.Gladbach. The union between Germania and Borussia only lasted a matter of two years, with the club thereafter known as Borussia VfL 1900 e.V. M.Gladbach, aka Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Mönchengladbach play in the Bundesliga, having won the league on five occasions, all with an eight-season period between 1969-70 & 1976-77.
Their Borussia-Park stadium was opened in 2004 at a cost of €85m (£78m), with the stadium having a capacity of 54,057.
STAR PLAYER – OSCAR WENDT
The main threat from Mönchengladbach today will be Oscar Wendt.
The Swedish defender has become a key component of Monchengladbach’s backline since arriving in Germany from Copenhagen in 2011.
The left-back has clocked up almost 200 appearances for Monchengladbach, as well as being capped at international level with Sweden, although he retired from international football in 2017 to concentrate on his club career.
MANAGER – MARCO ROSE
The current manager of Mönchengladbach is Marco Rose, who joined the club last month taking over from Dieter-Klaus Hecking. Rose’s previous managerial job was for Chelsea’s last opponents, Red Bull Salzburg.
Today’s match between the two teams will be the first time they face each other.
After the hectic 5-3 victory over Red Bull Salzburg earlier in the week, expect Chelsea to start playing their strongest possible starting XI, with today’s game being the last game before Frank Lampard has to decide on what his team will be for the opening game of the Premier League season against Manchester United.
The Blues remain without the injured quartet of Antonio Rüdiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James, with Willian close to returning to action as he continues his recovery at Cobham.
A bonus for the squad, however, is the return of N’Golo Kanté, who has travelled with the squad to Germany and will be hoping to get in a cameo role today before the season starts officially next weekend.
Frank Lampard will continue to be looking to build a team for his preferred 4-2-3-1 system, although there is a possibility of the ‘Diamond 4-4-2’ being tried out one more time before next Sunday’s opening game.
From an educated guess, we can expect that Lampard has roughly seven to eight positions already decided for the visit of Old Trafford, with the only possible positions still up for grabs be partnering David Luiz in the centre of defence, playing on the left-hand side of the attacking midfield ‘3’ (depending on whether Lampard considers to have both Mason Mount and Ross Barkley in the same squad) and also the lone centre-forward.
Don’t be surprised to see the likes of Andreas Christensen and Olivier Giroud start as they continue to make a claim for a starting spot on the opening weekend of the season.
HOW TO WATCH
Chelsea’s final pre-season match against Borussia Mönchengladbach will NOT be available via Chelsea TV due to the broadcasting restrictions in the United Kingdom. The game will be shown on a delay in the UK but will be screened live internationally.
Let’s hope for a win, a good performance and no injuries from tonight’s game as we get even closer to Man Utd on the opening weekend of the season.