Cult and Elan: How "Thin" Herrmann gets along with fellow players and fans

He was an important factor in the first Gladbach home win. Now Patrick Herrmann can even hope for a start in the starting XI on Saturday in Augsburg.

Gladbach’s Patrick Herrmann shines with his runs into the depths.

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As against Bayern (1: 1), the foals in Borussia-Park turned up again in the final phase against Arminia Bielefeld (3: 1). This time, however, they also managed the decisive goals for the first three under Adi Hütter. Patrick Herrmann, who came to replace the ailing youngster Luca Netz after just under an hour, played a decisive role in this.

Herrmann delivers the perfect preparatory work twice

In the double strike in the 69th and 72nd minutes, with which Borussia brought the stubborn opponents from Bielefeld to their knees, Borussia’s right-winger delivered the perfect preparatory work twice. First he hit an outstanding cross, which Lars Stindl headed to make it 2-1, shortly afterwards the 30-year-old threaded the third goal through Denis Zakaria from the right.

It’s logical that after his double pack, Captain Stindl also found words of praise for the Joker. “With the second goal, Patrick kept an overview. Everyone was expecting a cross pass. But he saw me in the backcourt and played the ball perfectly on my head.”

Hütter: “He’s an absolute audience player”

Great runs and dribbles, precise preparatory work – Herrmann delivered when he was asked. But the Gladbach long-running favorite is also extremely important for the atmosphere in the team and in the stands. “The substitution of Patrick Herrmann once again played its part in ensuring that things went in the right direction for us,” said Hütter afterwards. “He’s an absolute audience player.”

According to the Austrian, he had thought about bringing Herrmann right from the start, but later was pleased to see how Hermann provided new momentum and determination. “With him you know that he always brings new momentum when he comes in.”

Hütter praises the runs in depth

So next Joker? Or is it enough for the starting XI on Saturday? “Flaco” is what the fans call the original Borussia, that actually means the slender one – but once again Herrmann came across as pretty powerful on the pitch. “His runs in depth,” says Hütter, “are very important for our game.” And Herrmann regularly pulls his colleagues away with his inquisitive manner and drives him on with his irrepressible zeal.

Before the game, Herrmann, who has been in Mönchengladbach since 2008, was honored by club legend Rainer Bonhof for his 300th Bundesliga game for Borussia. In retrospect; Herrmann had already filled the 300 at the start of the season against Bayern.

Question mark behind Hofmann

After the strong performance against Bielefeld, Herrmann could even appear in the first line-up in Augsburg on Saturday. Jonas Hofmann, normally used on the right wing, had to leave the field prematurely against Arminia due to thigh problems. It is not yet clear whether the international will make it to Saturday.

On Tuesday, Borussia will enjoy a day off, on Wednesday they will continue with a double shift with intensive preparation for the away game on Saturday at FC Augsburg.

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