Borussia Mönchengladbach Head Coach Marco Rose is regarded as a motivator and a coach who inspires his players and wins their trust.
In this interview, the 44-year-old provides insights into his coaching philosophy and about the upcoming clash against record champions FC Bayern München.
There we go;
Last 16 of the Champions League and seventh place in the Bundesliga, how do you sum up the season so far?
“Wedon’tneed to talk about the Champions League, it’s a big success, we’re still in the cup. We’d have liked a few more points in the Bundesliga and to be higher up the league, for sure. We know though that we have had games where our problems were self-inflicted, we gifted some points. We’re also in a situation which I can assess very well. We had seven or eight weeks in a row with games midweek, even more for the national team players. That has been extreme. A team like ours, who has the pressure of the Champions League every year, we go through phases which we have to struggle through.”
To what extent are the number of draws you have had in the Bundesliga spoiling the overall picture?
“We had a time where we did more right than wrong in most games, at least over a long period. We conceded some stupid goals, didn’t necessarily have the luck in the first half of the season that you can have. When you’re at the top like we were last year in the first half of the season with 35 points had that luck. We have to take action; you earn this luck. We have been too careless in defence at times, too passive. We have gifted opponents opportunities to score. We conceded like this relatively frequently and that has cost us points.”
After one and a half years at Gladbach, how much do you now see of yourself in the team and what do you still want to improve?
“I don talk about Marco Rose Football, we have worked on a few things together, that has led to us being able to play in the ChampionsLeague this year. We play very good football. We have got a lot of good players. Unfortunately, we’re playing without fans, the feedback on what you’re doing is missing but we still have room for improvement in a lot of areas. If you look at some of the statistics as to what is important for us, where we are currently, then we have a lot of room for improvement and we are working on that daily.”
Christoph Kramer said that Borussia were always a good counter-attacking team and that a high-pressing game has developed under you, have you changed anything about the style of play?
“We have taken a lot of things that the team always did well in previous years. We’ve also added our own ideas. We have a very good positional game, transition after winning the ball was always important but now we want to prioritise that more. We have had some big successes, the lads are enjoying it, at least that’s the impression you get. It’s great to see, for example, Chris Kramer with his experience and what he has been through is still prepared to take new things on board, and to see how he has developed in certain areas in the last year and a half.”
Breel Embolo jumped into your arms after the goal in Bielefeld. How heavy is he? And what does this say about the relationship between the coach and the players?
“To catch Breel you have to be strong-it shows that I’m in good shape! What does that show? I think Breel would have liked to have given everyone on the bench a hug, we work very well together as a team. The team has shown their great character from day one. That something I knew they had before I came here because I had it confirmed to me. They are organised, the lads enjoy being with each other, they are there for each other. We, as a coaching team, try to do our bit to contribute to that and keep it going and Breel just had that feeling, you don’t plan something like that, after missing one or two chances. He knows we trust him a lot, everyone in the club, the lads, the coaching team, and he wanted to say thank you. It was for everyone, not just me.”
The next opponents are FC Bayern, how do you intend on approaching this game?
“Positively. We started the year with a win, that was important for us because of the way the league is. Bayern are up next. We all know what they have shown in the last few months, we have also seen how congested Bayern’s fixtures are. In December you saw a bit of sharpness was missing and the chance was there to cause them problems. Mainz did it well in the first half. Bayern then got into their flow in the second half, that just what they do. They are well-rested now, Kimmich is back, Goretzka is back, important players for them. We need a very good day but we’re always confident. We have to show that on the pitch, to defend as well as possible, work hard in defence and keep their quality at bay and also have a little bit of luck in certain situations and we also need to use the ball. That’s always very important against Bayern, then it’s possible to get something, it’s always possible. Mainz’s transitions were very good in the first half. You can’t just rely on transitions though, you need the ball in certain phases of the game to be able to recover as well as to give Bayern the feeling that we are also here, watch out!”
Bayern are always hungry to win, despite their many successes and the short break in the summer, how much does that impress you?
“The bad news for us is that they are out of this phase, the phase in November, December when you had the impression that it was a bit too much for Bayern. It was similar for us, we had this pressure in August which had an effect on us. After this longer Christmas holiday, Kimmich is coming back, Goretzka is back again, Bayern will start the new year and look to build momentum. We have to counteract that, we’ll see what we can do on the pitch hereon Friday.”
Jürgen Klopp was recently voted Coach of the Year, you played under him in his younger days as a coach, apparently, he used to go to the discos with the players back then! What makes him so special?
“Authenticity, it’s normal that a coach also enjoys his life, goes out, however old he is. He was already an exceptional coach back then, a top coach. He can’t go out as much nowadays because he’d be surrounded by a load of people. It was a special situation in Mainz. He has developed himself exceptionally and become coach of the Year two years in a row. It was fully deserved as well, even though Hansi Flickwon the treble and would also have deserved it.”
You have a very young player from the USA in Joseph Scully in your team, what can we expect from him?
“I met him yesterday, he’s an open-minded youngster. He needs to settle in, that’s very important. He’s come from across the pond which isn’t always easy. We’re excited about him, we’re excited about his huge talent. We’ll give him the time he needs to get used to everything, of course, we’ll support him so he can make a good start.”