Borussia Monchengladbach’s home record in all competitions this season reads three wins and as many defeats.
This statistic, however, tells only half the story, since their two home reverses in the Bundesliga to Mainz and Hamburg fell within their six-match losing streak at the beginning of the campaign.
Coached then by Lucien Favre, the man who had overseen the club’s rise from relegation danger to Champions League qualification during his four years at the helm, Borussia’s poor start to 2015/16 appeared a mystery to most people who had grown used to seeing them competing in the upper echelons of the table.
A common trend in their opening league losses was the inability to optimise their high possession counts with much of an end product in front of goal, as they severely lacked a cutting edge in the final third.
Against Mainz they enjoyed as much as 69 per cent of the ball but managed only two more shots on target than their opponents (6 to 4), who would ultimately snatch a 2-1 win after Patrick Herrmann had equalised for the hosts.
And it would be a similar story in the 3-0 defeat to Hamburg, when the Foals only tested Tobias Sippel twice in the away goal, despite having 13 shots in total and 56 per cent possession. On the contrary, their visitors were far more clinical, converting three of their four efforts on target, which featured a brace by Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
The final straw for Favre came after a 1-0 reverse to Cologne on Saturday 19 September, which saw the Swiss manager replaced on an interim basis by Andre Schubert just in time for their midweek clash at home to Augsburg four days later.