🇩🇪 Bundesliga Player of the Week — Off the mark

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Lewis Ambrose

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Borussia Mönchengladbach are finally up and running under Adi Hütter.

And our Bundesliga Player of the Week is …

Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

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It hasn’t been easy for Borussia Mönchengladbach of late.

Under new leadership in the dugout, the Borussen failed to win any of their opening three games of the season, losing twice after an opening day draw with Bayern Munich.

The pressure was well and truly on when they hosted Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday evening. And they delivered.

“We’ve made it through a tricky time and it was just a pleasure that so many people were here,” said captain and hero Lars Stindl after his side sealed a 3-1 win in front of 25,000 fans.

The 33-year-old has an incredible knack for being in the right place in the right time, a knack that helped him to 14 Bundesliga goals last season, his most prolific campaign to date even as he enters the final stages of his career.

Stindl, like the rest of the team, has struggled to get going this season but finally looked like himself again on Sunday.

He scored the opener, with the help of a big deflection, to set the team on its way and a roar through the stadium.

“To score a goal like that to go 1-0 up in this stadium, with this club and these guys, it’s just a great moment,” he said after the match.

“Even at my age an unbelievable feeling, it’s so rewarding to experience that again.

“That wasn’t a goal just for me, that was a goal for all of us at Borussia.”

And it wasn’t his last.

Gladbach were still understandably nervy and were pegged back before half-time but Stindl nodded them back in front. A real captain’s effort.

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It was 3-1 quickly after and Stindl could watch the closing stages in comfort from the bench having collected a well deserved standing ovation.

Now Gladbach’s season can really begin.