Borussia Monchengladbach provide the biggest test of pre season, as they face Newcastle United at St James Park tomorrow.
The German club have previewed (see below) the friendly match on their website and make much of the big spending nature of Newcastle’s summer and the star names already here.
Newcastle were linked with Lucien Favre (plus almost every other manager in the world) as John Carver attempted to take us into the Championship. The German club’s Swiss manager is seen as having done a remarkable job for the Bundesliga club.
Finishing an impressive third last season and delivering Champions League football, despite doing everything on a budget.
Borussia Monchengladbach were a massive bame back in the 1970s but when it comes to spending money in the modern era their record fee is just over £10m for a certain…Luuk de Jong.
The Dutch striker moved on for £4m a year ago to join Gini Wijnaldum at PSV and together they lifted the Dutch title last season.
Despite preparing for the demands of the Champions League and the financial rewards that go with it, Borussia Monchengladbach have spent less than £20m this summer and their biggest outlay was on Josep Drmic from Bayer Leverkusen, plus they recouped almost £10m of that by selling Max Kruse to Wolfsburg.
No wonder they see the money spent in English football as quite mad, including Newcastle United’s £30m+ outlay on Mitrovic, Mbemba and Wijnaldum.
This is what Borussia Monchengladbach had to say on their website about the trip to Newcastle:
Preparation for the new season is now approaching a hectic phase, with the battle for a regular place in the Foals‘ side fully underway. Lucien Favre has given almost all players as much game time as possible in pre-season to date but hasn’t really been able to draw a conclusion on a possible starting XI for the first competitive fixture of the campaign away to St. Pauli on Monday 10th August in the DFB Cup (Bundesliga kicks off again on 15 August).
We’ve rotated across the board in the friendlies so far, that’s why no one really has nailed a regular spot yet,” Tony Jantschke (right-back) was aware of. There haven’t been many indications yet as to which players could start the first competitive game of the season.
“The match in Newcastle gives everyone another chance to show what they’re capable of,” Patrick Herrmann (nidfielder) added.
No Hahn, Stranzl or Elvedi
The team made their way to Düsseldorf airport following training at BORUSSIA-PARK this morning. 21 players were on board the chartered flight to Newcastle on Friday afternoon. Only Andre Hahn (muscle rupture in abductors), Martin Stranzl (left thigh tendon) and Nico Elvedi (medial collateral ligament) are the only players not to make the trip to the North-east of England.
40 million Euros spent this window
The fixture against the Premier League side will be a real yardstick for the Fohlenelf.
“Newcastle are an opponent on a high international level. It’s only a friendly game, yes, but I’m convinced that we’ll give it 100%. The game will show how far we’ve come,” Granit Xhaka (midfielder) said.
Despite finishing in 15th place last term, the Magpies’ squad is packed full of big names.
They invested 40 million Euros alone in midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven, centre-back Chancel Mbemba and goalscorer Alexsander Mitrovic from RSC Anderlecht combined.
Further prominent players include keeper Tim Krul, Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella, former Freiburg man Papiss Demba Cisse and Luuk de Jong’s brother, Siem. “Newcastle are a very good side and a really good test for us to sign off pre-season with,” Jantschke stated.