The DFB coach is thrilled!  Things happen very quickly for the professionals in Gladbach

The DFB coach is thrilled! Things happen very quickly for the professionals in Gladbach

Gerardo Seoane gives instructions to midfield talents Rocco Reitz and Oscar Fraulo.

Sponsor Gerardo Seoane (2nd from left)! Here the Borussia coach gives instructions to midfield talents Rocco Reitz (left) and Oscar Fraulo (2nd from right) during a training camp session on July 23, 2023.

He’s not just the man of the moment from the Lower Rhine!

In the current Bundesliga season, numerous players are hitting the headlines every week with top-level performances. Harry Kane (30) and Serhou Guirassy (27) certainly stand out to this day.

Borussia Mönchengladbach celebrates the growth of Rocco Reitz

At Borussia Mönchengladbach there is also a player whose story makes the hearts of football fans beat faster – but not for an XXL goal.

Rocco Reitz (21) is currently demonstrating how a player who has had a difficult path in recent seasons can suddenly become a shooting star and not just become the center of attention on Lower Rhine.

The 21-year-old has received much praise from observers across the country; his first Bundesliga goal in the 4-0 win against VfL Wolfsburg last Friday (10 November 2023) was just another highlight.

Now the Duisburg native faces the next milestone! He was called up to the DFB Under-21 national team in October, but ultimately wasn’t in the squad on match day.

With the break for the national teams things will probably change: first of all this time he was already in the original squad: another step forward. Of course, Reitz now wants his debut and therefore his first game in a DFB shirt since the U16s.

As if Reitz wasn’t already in the spotlight right now, there was high praise from Under-21 national team coach Antonio di Salvo (44) on Monday (13 November).

The former Bundesliga striker warmly promotes his protégé and the development he has behind him. “Rocco was there for the first time and he fit in very well, even though he wasn’t in the squad. His development is progressing, since then he has started all the club’s matches and has shown excellent performances,” di Salvo said in a press conference at the start of the DFB course.

The 44-year-old continued: “I am impressed by a player who always wants to have the ball, who is not afraid of being played in difficult situations and who also rewarded himself with his first Bundesliga goal. He also did it in a very beautiful and decisive way.

The hype about Reitz is slowly spreading. This is obviously a great sign for everyone who works in the Lower Rhine. Reitz has worked hard over the last two or three years to improve his physical performance and this is clearly evident week after week.

Gerardo Seoane (45) and Roland Virkus (56) gave him the necessary confidence. But when a DFB official raves publicly about a talent like this, he causes a stir both nationally and internationally.

There is no sign that Reitz is looking at offers from other clubs. After all, he has been a member of Borussia since birth, was a former season ticket holder and, by today’s professional standards, probably has the greatest possible identification with the club.

For Reitz the objective now will be to be able to shine on the pitch not only with Seoane, but also with his “new” coach Di Salvo. The Under 21s will face Estonia on Friday (17 November, 6pm) and then Poland on 21 November (6pm).

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