Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 5-1 win over TSG Hoffenheim was coach Adi Hütter’s last game, after which he announced his departure.
Adi Hütter caused a sensation after the season finale in Borussia Park: “Today was my last game. We mutually agreed on it,” said the Austrian after the 5-1 (3-1) win against TSG Hoffenheim on the last day of the game sky.
According to Hütter, this was preceded by intensive discussions with those responsible for the club. There had already been media reports about an imminent separation. The five-time German champion had clearly missed the European Cup ranks under Hütter. “I can only thank the club for their openness, honesty and clarity,” he said.
Apparently there was no longer any trust in the experienced football coach at Borussia Park. Sports director Roland Virkus had avoided a clear commitment to Hütter before the game against Hoffenheim. The outgoing coach himself had repeatedly pointed out that he had a valid contract with the foals until 2024.
“Our task now is to draw the conclusions from the processing of the season and to initiate the appropriate measures in order to prepare for the new season in a new constellation at the end of June,” said Virkus.
The search for a successor is probably already in full swing at Borussia. The Gladbachers could not meet the high expectations under Hütter, and the 5-0 cup triumph against Bayern Munich did not change that. One of the few big victories for the Austrian coach. After the Hoffenheim game, Hütter posed with the whole team for a farewell photo in front of the fans – a symbolic scene.
On Saturday he saw a sportingly meaningless victory. Lars Stindl (26′), Alassane Plea (44′, penalty kick), Jonas Hofmann (45’+1/68′) and Breel Embolo (53′) turned the game around for Gladbach. Previously, Andrej Kramaric (3rd) had scored early for Hoffenheim.
In Gladbach, the relationship between Hütter and parts of the team had been difficult for a while. On Friday there were for the first time concrete signs that the cooperation would soon end.
Immediately after the kick-off, the team seemed to give new fuel to this theory. Two minutes and 33 seconds had been played before the visitors combined easily to make it 1-0, and Kramaric pushed in freely from close range. The spectators first saw a Borussia running behind.
However, TSG’s defensive performance looked more and more like summer football. First, Stindl’s equalizer was preceded by several mistakes, then Hoffenheim’s defense chief Kevin Vogt committed an almost clumsy foul on Embolo, Plea converted the penalty safely.
Before the break, Hofmann overcame Oliver Baumann from a tight angle, shortly after the restart Embolo appeared alone in front of the TSG goalkeeper and converted with a lob.
Mönchengladbach – together with the crowd – enjoyed the game, Hoffenheim, on the other hand, lacked the drive given the clear intermediate result.
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Adi Hütter (Borussia Mönchengladbach coach): “We came to the conclusion that we would part ways amicably. Everyone will go their own way, that was my last game. We made the final decision on Friday, they were very good, respectful discussions, with strong content. We looked where the reasons are that it didn’t work out. It’s a shame, I’m sorry that we couldn’t live up to expectations. There’s not one reason for it, it’s many things. When I came here was from day one Not everything was easy, the situation with Max Eberl also hit me, then there were many injuries and tough defeats. All of that contributed to the decision. I’m the last to say: It’s not my fault. I’m responsible for sport.”
Sebastian Hoeness (TSG Hoffenheim coach): “I’m extremely disappointed and frustrated. We just gave the game away. We came here with the last squad, but I saw a team during the week that trained well and had energy. They confirmed that over 40 minutes today, but the goals conceded were sometimes difficult to explain. The result overshadows a season that was very good for two thirds of the year. We played attractive and successful football there. We now have to analyze it.”
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