Former Bayern Munich manager, Jupp Heynckes believes that his former club Borussia Mönchengladbach are a different club to five years ago and expects them to make their Champions League debut in the near future.
Since experiencing unprecedented success during the 1970’s when the Foals won two UEFA Cups in 1975 and 179, sandwiched in between reaching the European Cup final in 1977, the five times Bundesliga champions have failed to reach the same glittery heights.
Since the 1980’s the Borussians have experienced the complete opposite to what they achieved during their golden era, with the Green and Whites only being able to win two trophies set amongst a back-drop of debt and poor weekly performances.
In January 2011 with Borussia Mönchengladbach lingering propping up the foot of the Bundesliga destined to suffer their second relegation from the top tier of German football in as little as four years, Swiss manager Lucien Favre took over and spared the clubs blushes.
Rise from the ashes
Since saving the club from another costly relegation, the former Hertha Berlin manager has surpassed all expectations by turning the Borussians from an end-table Bundesliga side into an outfit striving for both domestic and European silverware.
The club’s transformation has been spectacular to say the least with the Swiss manager guiding Borussia Mönchengladbach to two top six Bundesliga finishes during his four years in charge of the Borussia Stadion outfit.
Having made a confident start to the 2014-14 Bundesliga campaign after securing five points from three games the Foals are preparing to face Spanish side Villarreal in a Europa League group game at home tomorrow.
However, Heynckes who also managed the Green and Whites between 1979-1987 has hinted that the west German outfit could swap Europa League football for glittery Champions League nights if they continue to develop under Favre.
The highly regarded former manager told Bild: “A few years ago the club was still in a sports abyss. The club has since regenerated and developed in class. The management will optimise everything which is not going well at the moment to strengthen in the future.
“And then perhaps instead of Borussia playing Europa League football they will eventually be able to play Champions League football.”
Heynckes who himself won two Champions League titles as manager at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich either side of the century knows a good coach when he sees one and believes that Favre is crucial to the Foals ability to secure first class European football for the club.
He went on to say: “Favre and Borussia go well together. He is able to work in peace and the club has patience with him. Favre has built structures, introduced his style and brought his own philosophy into the club.”
However, despite insisting that Borussia Mönchengladbach could be playing Champions League football in the upcoming years, Heynckes has hinted that the missing ingredient for the foals in their quest for champagne football is a lack of quality players in their ranks.
The 69 year old said: “Of course any coach needs good players. As a result in order for Borussia to achieve their goal for Champions League football they need to improve and add quality to their squad step by step.”