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So it’s official. At the end of the season, Marco Rose will leave Borussia Monchengladbach behind and become Borussia Dortmund coach.
Rose has caused quite a stir since arriving in Germany from Austria, taking Gladbach to the next level by qualifying for the Champions League. He will join Dortmund just two years after taking over his first Bundesliga game, indicating how quickly he has been able to climb the ladder.
The deal was announced as expected on Monday, and for anyone not yet familiar with one of the most handsome men in soccer, 90min you have everything you need to know.
Obviously, you don’t get Gladbach’s job for nothing. Even before arriving in Germany in the summer of 2019, Rose was already a very highly rated coach, thanks to a successful two-year stint with Red Bull Salzburg.
Rose’s Salzburg captured attention with their Europa League antics – they eliminated Borussia Dortmund en route to the semifinals of the 2017/18 competition.
He took charge of Salzburg for 114 games and did not lose once at home. He left with an average of 2.34 points per game, the best a coach has achieved in the 131-year history of the Austrian Bundesliga.
Well, ‘legendary’ status may depend on how this season plays out, but in her short time with Gladbach, Rose has made her mark.
In its debut season, Die Fohlen qualified for the Champions League for the third time in its history.
They were already on an upward curve before Rose’s arrival, but he galvanized them into a serious force. He even had them in the title contest before Bayern were all OP and crushed everyone in their path in the second half of the campaign.
Gaining more recognition for their distinctive tactical style (we’ll get to that), he has them in the knockout stages of this year’s Champions League, where they will face Manchester City this week.
This is how Rose describes her tactics.
As cited in an excellent Holding midfield Analyzing his system, Rose is quoted as saying: “We want to be very active against the ball, sprint a lot. We want to win high balls and have short paths to the goal. We don’t want to play tall and wide, but fast, dynamic and active.”
We’ve seen that aggressive style in Gladbach, who takes no prisoners in their quick counterattacks, but also defends with a different form that makes them difficult to take down.
Sounds like Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, right? I wonder why is that …
Klopp and Rose were initially teammates in Mainz in 2000, but Klopp soon retired to take the reins of the Bundesliga 2 team, which he would lead to promotion to the top flight.
The two didn’t get along at first – Klopp’s reluctance to play Rose early on allegedly led to ‘shouting matches’ on training ground, but Rose, a hard-working left-back, persevered to earn his trust. He went on to make 156 appearances with the man he would come to idolize.
Several outlets cite Klopp as the first person to predict that Rose would become a coach, and shortly before leaving Salzburg he told German television: “I trust Marco in everything. Marco can have any job and could also do any job, he’s really the most hyped [coach] of everyone right now, everyone asks for you. “
Ooooh, friends from Mainz.
Rose is described as one of the most likable and charismatic coaches in the game, and has had to use every available attribute to get to where he is now.
Where others, like Klopp, fell into managerial positions directly at the end of their playing careers, Rose had to push himself. He began training with the Mainz reserve while still playing, and went on to manage Lokomotive Leipzig in the fourth division.
A season there preceded his move to Austria, where he initially took over the U-16 team for the 2013-14 season. Four years of constant climbing later, he was in charge of the first team.
Three years later, he is still ready to take the reins of Borussia Dortmund.
While Rose’s long-term future is in Dortmund, that’s not her focus at the moment, far from it.
Gladbach is looking to get back into the top four this season, having slipped to seventh after a recent slump in his form. They are competing directly with Dortmund to that end and have a six point gap to compensate for Wolfsburg.
There’s also the little affair of a Champions League round of 16 tie with Manchester City waiting on the horizon. You know Rose would love to take another scalp or two before she finally says goodbye.