Borussia Monchengladbach-Bayern Munich Preview: Heynckes bows out in familiar surroundings
The FCB coach ends his Bundesliga journey where it all began as the champions go in search of yet more records against die Fohlen on the final day of an incredible season
By Harry Slavin
Jupp Heynckes will bow out of the Bundesliga in his hometown when he takes his treble-chasing Bayern Munich to face Borussia Monchengladbach on the final day of the season.
The outgoing coach will take charge of die Roten for the final time in Germany’s top flight, facing the side that he was almost synonymous with throughout his playing career.
On the pitch, Bayern’s line-up is expected to reflect their imminent Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund and the visitors will be hoping to rest a number of key figures ahead of next week’s final in London.
That means the likes of Mario Gomez, Xherdan Shaqiri and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk are all likely to get the nod for the visit to Stadion im Borussia-Park, however full-back Rafinha is still suspended after his dismissal in the 1-1 draw with Dortmund earlier in the month.
Gladbach still have faint hopes of securing a Europa League spot going into the final day but they need other results to go their way and a six-goal swing if they are to pip either Eintracht Frankfurt or Hamburg to sixth place.
Coach Lucien Favre is sweating over the fitness of Alvaro Dominguez after the central defender sat out of training most of this week with a thigh injury, while it remains to be seen if last week’s hat-trick hero, 20-year-old Branimir Hrgota, will retain his place up top.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- A win in their final league match would see Bayern Munich become the first team in Bundesliga history to break the 90 points barrier.
- Heynckes' men are also likely to set a new record for the tightest defence in German history having only conceded 15 goals the entire season - the current record is 21.
- Brazilian defender Dante (pictured, right) is set to return to Borussia Park for the first time since he left Gladbach for Munich last summer.
- Borussia Monchengladbach held Bayern to a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena when these two sides met earlier in the season.
- You have to go back to January 2006 to find die Roten's last league triumph over die Fohlen at Borussia Park.
- Branimir Hrgota blasted himself into Bundesliga history last weekend against Mainz by becoming only the seventh player to score a hat-trick on his full league debut.
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|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||9 Aug 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - B. Mönchengladbach 1|
|Club Friendlies (FRC)||21 Jul 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 1 - FC Bayern München 5|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||18 May 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 3 - FC Bayern München 4|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||14 Dec 2012||FC Bayern München 1 - B. Mönchengladbach 1|
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||21 Mar 2012||B. Mönchengladbach 0 - FC Bayern München 0|
|14 Dec 2013||1. FSV Mainz 05 0 - B. Mönchengladbach 0||BUN|
|7 Dec 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 2 - FC Schalke 04 1||BUN|
|1 Dec 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 1 - SC Freiburg 0||BUN|
|22 Nov 2013||VfB Stuttgart 0 - B. Mönchengladbach 2||BUN|
|9 Nov 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 3 - 1. FC Nürnberg 1||BUN|
|1||Marc-Andre ter Stegen||Goalkeeper|
|18||Juan Fernando Arango||Midfielder|
|9||Luuk de Jong||Striker|
|22||Peniel Kokou Mlapa||Striker|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|