Max Eberl, the live guest on @sportstudio says it’s not a nice situation (14 conceded in 3) for Gladbach and agrees it is a concerning situation. The players are not showing quality on the pitch. He said problem has been cutting out crosses and covering in centre of defence.
Eberl says he’s surprised they’re not playing football that shows they have trust in each other. Not defending as Bundesliga team must. Says coach and he himself are responsible but as are the players.
Eberl says no one component is more responsible than the other - coach, players, sporting director. They will continue to work on it. They will continue to work with people. They now have the focus on Frankfurt game.
Eberl said there was disruption during the summer re personnel uncertainties. Now they must show “balls” (he apologies for saying it,) Frankfurt and Hoffenheim games are crucial. Then consider what the squad can do well and not so well.
Eberl asked about Ginter and Zakaria whose contacts are up. He said this is nit uppermost in his mind. They are under contract until June. Frankfurt in midweek is the immediate priority and not the fates of individual players.

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To be fair to him, his tone is one of someone who has learned the hard way & wishes he had avoided getting Covid while unvaccinated.
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