Mönchengladbach (dpa) – Hannes Wolf looked shy but very relieved after preparing an extremely bitter evening for his ex-coach Julian Nagelsmann.
“A stone from the heart hits him well,” said Borussia Mönchengladbach’s match winner at Sky after the 1-0 (1-0) victory that cost Nagelsmann and RB Leipzig the Bundesliga leader. A few weeks ago, the 21-year-old was still in the service of the Saxons – and had gone through difficult months before being loaned to the Lower Rhine due to his injury.
Accordingly, Nagelsmann held little grudge, who had to rebuild his team as soon as possible for the next tough test in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain. “I am happy for him as a person that he scored a goal because he had a bad phase. But above all he has to do it against us,” said the 33-year-old. “But it’s his job, as far as I know he’s being paid by Gladbach now.”
With his first Bundesliga goal and the first competitive goal in 17 months, Wolf secured his new club’s first home win. “I had to wait a year and a half for such a moment and I am glad that the knot has now been broken,” said the Austrian midfielder, who has been in the base and for whom Gladbach has to buy a certain number of performances.
His trainer Marco Rose had consciously recommended him. “He was allowed to start today because I know how he works. He is not a player who is over-the-top against his old club, but rather someone who is motivated,” said the coach.
There were also no agreements, as in some other cases with loaned players, that Wolf should not play against Leipzig. “If you loan a player, he should also have the chance to play all matches,” said Nagelsmann. “If you’re so worried that the player will shoot you to beat, you shouldn’t lend him, keep him and let him play.”
The Leipziger currently has other concerns as well. With a view to the Champions League match against PSG on Wednesday (9 p.m. / DAZN), Nagelsmann is demanding something countable despite all the concerns of the staff. “This is a game that we have to win if we want to have a say in the group stage. If we don’t get three points, it will be difficult to progress.”
The Gladbachers are in a more relaxed situation after seven games without a defeat. Especially since the team, which had already missed a victory four times by admitting late, has finally shown success. “I don’t see a pattern. There are times when you run into late goals. Today I just sat back, shut up and let the boys play,” said Rose.
“You felt the energy in the team today that we couldn’t do that anymore,” said Jonas Hofmann. The next test in Kiev is scheduled for Tuesday in the Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk (6:55 p.m. / DAZN). “This victory gives us a lot of confidence for the difficult weeks ahead,” said goalkeeper Yann Sommer after his first out.