Young Boys vs Gladbach by Gustav
Young Boys defeated all the odds and shocked in the previous round of Champions League qualifiers, as the Swiss team managed to get a victory and progress over Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, even though they suffered 2:0 defeat in the first leg played in Ukraine. With great fighting spirit and determination, Swiss managed to get a surprising victory via goals from Kubo in the second halftime in 54th and 60th minute.
It was surely surprising result and from what we saw on the field, the result itself could have been very different, but the Swiss managed to exploit it and even looked dangerous during the extra time. Finally, they had bit more concentration and luck on penalties, progressing further after five shots taken. The team is now very close to enter the group stage of Champions League but will need to defeat another favorite, this time German side Gladbach, knowing that they can't afford to play behind in the ball and wait for the time to pass.
As for the domestic league, they started with two victories and two defeats, most recently suffering 3:0 loss away to Basel, but there's no doubt that the games against the Germans are a priority now for them. Hosts have some injury worries, but most of the players didn't play till now in the season. Left full back Loris Benito (0/0), right back Sven Joss (3/0), defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria (0/0), midfielder Sekou Sanogo (2/0), right midfielder Thorsten Schick (0/0), forward Taulant Seferi (0/00 and striker Alexander Gerndt (0/0) are sidelined with various injuries.
For the second consecutive season players of Gladbach managed to get the ticket for the Champions League, however last time they got it was a direct placement to the group stage, while the team now needs to start from a play-off round, so even if they suffer defeat against Swiss side, they are granted placement to Europa League group stage at least.
They ended up as fourth in previous season in German Bundesliga and are aiming similar result this season too, however since the domestic league is yet to start, there's no doubt that the team will be fully focused on their Champions League duty now.
The team still didn't play official game this season, ending their preparation period in a goalless draw against Lazio few days ago. As for the transfer period, their biggest change is loss of midfielder Xhaka who left the team, while central defender Brouwers and Stranzl are also gone now. Midfielder Kramer is back from Leverkusen and should replace Xhaka, while defensive midfielder Nordtveit and central defender Hinteregger have also left the club, bringing stopper Vestergard (from Werder Bremen) and defender Strobl (from Hoffenheim). All in all, they shouldn't be much weaker, but lack of official matches is disadvantage for them.
Germans won't be able to count at defender Mamadou Doucoure who is newly signed player for them, but also at other defender, Alvaro Dominguez (6/0 previous season), plus midfielder Marvin Schulz (8/0 in previous season) and forward Josip Drmic (13/1 in previous season).
Young Boys have already showed most of their potential against Shakhtar and now that the team has very little to lose, they should be only more dangerous. Gladbach will have their first official game and will surely have something to show upfront, while their defensive lineup might not be in the best condition early in the season. I expect plenty of goals in this one and it won't be much of a surprise if we see both of them scoring twice or more.