While we have already talked quite a lot about Vestergaard and Schubert, the terrible duo, on BundesSpeaker, I would like to remind you of what is the biggest flop this season.
We have perhaps criticized both Jannik Vestergaard and André Schubert in excess during this autumn, but in my opinion both do deserve it. I must say, if André Schubert was to become a teacher, his course would be called "How to kill the vibe", because that seems to be his expertise. Naja, his track record hasn't been that bad at Gladbach, he has only transformed one of the best defences into one of the worst defences without even losing any defender to another club. If that isn't impressive, I don't know what is.
Is Jannik Vestergaard a great defender? No. Is he a good defender? No, not really. Is he even a defender? Well, sadly, he is and that makes me confused because he shouldn't be. And I'm not sure how Schubert could have seen anything in a man who got outshone by Papy Djilobodji at Werder Bremen. In a small poll, in which only five voted, you thought that I had been a bit too rough on Vestergaard and that I should cut him some slack. I will claim that poll was an example of false democracy and give him some more slack, due to the actual fact that he's a footballer and I am not. Well, well. André Schubert is responsible for this team. The players are more or less the same they were under Favre, except for Xhaka. While losing Xhaka of course is a huge blow, they do have Kramer as the replacement and they have boy wonder Mo Dahoud as the new ball carrier. So what is the actual problem? The problem should nevertheless be fixed now, after 12 games.
In the last two home games they have at least scored and while that nowadays seems a feat itself, it isn't the same Gladbach as we're used to seeing. They lost against Köln, a horrible defeat against the bitter rivals, and then drew against Hoffenheim, which in itself wasn't a surprise due to the brilliance of Nagelsmann and the opposite from Schubert. Under Schubert they have been fantastic to watch at home, I'll give him that, but their away form is all-in-all abysmal. It might just be one of the worst away records of any coach in a while and it's like Mönchengladbach have lost their fear factor under Schubert and that factor is important at Borussia-Park, more than many realize.
Of course he's done quite well. He pulled them out of the relegation spots last season after Favre chickened out. However, in hindsight maybe it would have been better to let Lucien Favre figure out the solution himself. And yes, I am aware of that Favre left the club without Max Eberl having anything to do with it, but let's talk ifs and not whats. With André Schubert, Mönchengladbach's defence has become one of the worst in all three divisions, they have lost their fear factor at home and have stopped scoring as much as we are used to. I do think this is proof enough. However, if he can turn this around then I'll admit that I was wrong, but right now? Schubert raus.
editor and word-chauvinist.