Borussia Monchengladbach has found a way to have crowds in their stadium for their home matches of the Bundesliga.
Borussia Monchengladbach Fill Up Stadium With Cut-Outs Of Fans
On Saturday 23rd May, in the Bundesliga at Borussia Park, in what was meant to be behind closed doors, Borussia Monchengladbach took down Bayer Leverkusen. But the seats were not empty.
Thirteen thousand followers’ cardboard watched on. Supporters from Monchengladbach paid £17 for charities to get their portraits on cardboard pieces.
The league was postponed in an attempt to restrict coronavirus spreading until at least the end of the month.
Also present were faces of former Borussia Monchengladbach players and legends who won the German league for the team in 1970, while the away end of the stadium was filled with supporters of various clubs to support their team.
“Welcome to BORUSSIA-PARK! Today’s fans have already taken their seats,” Monchengladbach posted on Twitter ahead of kickoff.
The Bundesliga resumed and they were to face Bayer Leverkusen at home. Since no gathering was allowed Borussia Monchengladbach came up with this cardboard idea.
The cardboard cutouts didn’t do a favour to Gladbach on Saturday as Leverkusen won 3-1 to surpass Borussia Monchengladbach for the third place in the league table. They lost because they did not capitalise on the chances they got.
But the away team Bayer Leverkusen boss was not very much impressed with it. Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz said before the game, “It’s better to play in front of dolls than nothing at all.”
The Sottocultura group of Borussia Monchengladbach fans said in a statement, “The bleak backdrop of empty stadiums is exactly what these games represent and deserve
“We consider the initiative with the cardboard figures to be counterproductive. We understand the well-meaning, charitable idea behind it, but we consider the signal to be the wrong one.”
As of 1st June Indian standard time, Borussia Monchengladbach is currently placed third in the points table with 56 points in 29 games. They currently lead the way from Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig who are with one match advantage as Leipzig so far played 28 matches and have got 55 points and placed fifth.
Borussia Monchengladbach is likely to be in a fight with Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig to finish in top four which will book their place in the UEFA Champions League if they finish in top four.
They are not likely to drop down below than fifth place as sixth place Wolfsburg only have 42 points. So a top-five finish is confirmed. And if Gladbach finishes in fifth they will play in the UEFA Europa League next season.