Borussia Moenchengladbach coach Adi Huetter was under mounting pressure Sunday after his side slumped to a historic 6-0 humiliation at home to Freiburg, leaving them just three places above the Bundesliga drop zone.
Freiburg scored all six goals in an incredible first half as they rampaged to their highest ever Bundesliga win against a shellshocked Gladbach side.
Gladbach’s joint second-heaviest top-flight defeat heaped pressure on Huetter, who has endured a mixed start since taking the reins at the beginning of the season.
The Austrian led Gladbach to a memorable 5-0 cup win over Bayern Munich in October but has won just five of his 14 league games in charge so far.
“First and foremost, I have to apologise for our performance today which was unacceptable. I am unbelievably disappointed,” Huetter told DAZN.
Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl said the result was “surreal”, but suggested that Huetter’s job remained safe for the time being.
“We’ve decided on a direction, and we will stick to it through thick and thin, and not look to change everything straight away,” he told DAZN.
Gladbach were unbeaten at home going into this game, while Freiburg had not won a top-flight game in Moenchengladbach since 1995.
All of that went out of the window as Freiburg tore through their hosts in a jaw-dropping first 20 minutes.
Maximilian Eggestein and Kevin Schade both scored from open play in the first five minutes, while the next four goals all came from set pieces.
Philipp Lienhart prodded in from close range at a free-kick and Nicolas Hoefler scored at a corner to make it 4-0 by the 20-minute mark.
Gladbach’s calamitous dead-ball defending continued as Lucas Hoeler headed in from close range after the hosts failed to clear yet another free-kick.
That made Freiburg the first Bundesliga side to score five goals in the first 25 minutes of a game since Gladbach themselves beat Eintracht Braunschweig 10-0 back in 1984.