Lucien Favre before returning as coach

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Lucien Favre before returning to Borussia Mönchengladbach

Coach Lucien Favre is returning to Borussia Mönchengladbach. All signs are growing that the Swiss will succeed Adi Hütter. However, the staff is not yet perfect.

There is no doubt that Lucien Favre is a coach who would fit perfectly into Borussia Mönchengladbach. The club conceded too many goals and is unstable. And Favre is someone who can make a team stable again with a sorted defensive concept, and then play forward in an orderly manner, which is therefore attractive, which is also a requirements profile for the Gladbach football of the future. Favre’s return, as has been speculated for days, will soon become a reality, everything will continue in this direction, it sounds from our editorial staff.

This coincides with what was first reported by “Bild”, which even predicted execution on Sunday, and other media on Friday. Experts in Switzerland, Favre’s home country, also assume he will take over Gladbach for the second time. Favre’s comeback has not yet been officially confirmed, neither the coach himself nor Borussia have commented. According to our information, the staff should be through by the middle of next week, and Favre should then be on the podium at the general meeting on 30 May.

18 months ago, the now 64-year-old had to leave Borussia Dortmund. Already in 2011, when he first came to Nederrhinen as a troubleshooter, he did so after a creative break of about a year and a half, at that time he had taken a break after finishing time as a coach at. Hertha BSC. And just like then, Favre comes well-prepared to Gladbach, he will have looked closely at his future squad, but also at any opportunities in the youth field.

117 goals conceded in two seasons is a house number, and Favre’s biggest order, his predecessor Adi Hütter, who, as we can learn from Austria, will probably take a break so far, had already stated that this is the most important approach to his work, but did not get the problem under control, on the contrary: the number of targets collected grew. Favre will have had a plan for a long time, and his players can expect some detailed work on the training ground. He had stabilized Borussia eleven years ago and led it into new spheres including the Champions League. In 2015, he retired after five defeats in a row at the start of the Bundesliga season.

Favre would be the third coach to sign for Gladbach for the second time. Jupp Heynckes (1979-1987, 2006-2007) and Hans Meyer (1999-2003, 2008-2009) returned with varying degrees of success. Heynckes resigned after a few months, at the end of the season Borussia were relegated for the second time. When he returned, Meyer saved Gladbach with a concrete tactic, the reinstallation of the libero and a bit of luck with just 31 points.

Favre is now taking over a Borussia that has an imbalance after many years of upswing, it is a completely different order than in 2011, when he first had to revive the almost relegated team. But as then, there is still a lot to do. He averaged 1.62 points in the first 1679 days of his tenure, making him the fourth-best Gladbach coach of all time. Now he should get a two-year contract, “Bild” speculates. Hütter’s contract was still active as long as the Austrian had announced the amicable separation after Borussia’s 5-1 victory over Hoffenheim on 14 May.

Exploratory talks between Borussia and Favre had already been reported in the run-up to the Hoffenheim match, and after Hütter’s exit, rumors grew more and more. Favre himself is said to have visited real estate in Gladbach. Favre had stated a few months ago that he would work as a coach again. “At some point you sit at home and realize: I want to go back, I need the space, I have to kick a ball, smell the football, feel the adrenaline. I will stay in business for a few more years,” said Favre. According to “Sky”, Frank Geideck will remain as assistant coach, Favre worked with him from 2011 to 2015. Christophe Moulin, a 63-year-old Swiss, is said to be with as assistant.

Sports director Roland Virkus is currently in the process of designing the newly announced Borussia path, which will be the common thread in the strategic reorganization. Favre is an important building block. The RB isization of Borussia football was never effective, the project is interrupted, a coach comes in Favre, who stands for a different orientation: Favre’s principle is possession of the ball, basically he does not offend the opponent the ball.

Virkus knows Favre’s work from his first Gladbach phase when he was still youth director. Borussia will focus more on young players again, Favre is considered a developer and coach. It fits. “I have always had fun in training and in games. We had ball possession and wanted to control this match. Favre is the best coach I have had,” excited the Brazilian Dante, who worked with Favre in Gladbach and Nice.

Of course, any return campaign also involves a risk. But above all, there is the certainty that there is a coach who knows and understands Borussia. And anyone who knows Favre knows that he will have gathered many ideas since BVB-Aus on December 13, 2020. One can be curious about Lucien Favre 2.0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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