Daniel Storey for Football 365:
The team’s style is incredibly alluring to the neutral. The defenders play a compact game while the rest of the side presses as a unit. Gladbach have conceded just 20 league goals this season, a record bettered only by Bayern. As soon as the ball is won, full-backs overlap and midfielders surge forward on the counter attack, aiming to exploit the uncertainty in the opponents’ defence. Having a young core of players obviously assists in the implementation of this strategy.
Favre is a proud perfectionist. German football journalist Raphael Honigstein recently spoke of his lesson to Germany international (and World Cup winner) Kramer to tackle with his outside leg. “You’re a faster by a 10th of a second that way,” was Favre’s explanation. In the battle against bigger budgets, micro-management and fractional gains are vital. Favre is not only a football obsessive, but he also persuades his players to buy into that philosophy.
Great piece by Storey. Favre is a fascinating coach.