Only Bayern Munich and third-placed RB Leipzig conceded fewer goals than Gladbach in the opening weeks of the Bundesliga season, and much of that has to do with Ginter’s influence, Matthaus said.

Matthias Ginter a leader at the back like Ramos

Borussia Monchengladbach central defender Matthias Ginter was positively compared to Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos by Germany national team legend Lothar Matthaus. Only Bayern Munich and third-placed RB Leipzig conceded fewer goals than Gladbach in the opening weeks of the Bundesliga season. And much of that has to do with Ginter’s influence, Matthaus said. Ginter, who has not missed a second of action on his side this season, turns 27 in January and Lothar believes his best is ahead of him. “Ginter has become a leader at the back, like Ramos at Real Madrid,” Matthaus told reporters. “He not only gives instructions to his teammates but also leads them. That is what Ginter is doing very well at the moment. He reminds me of Sergio Ramos.”

Ginter will only get better

Lothar has argued that there has been a change in the approach of the Germany international who won 33 cups for his country and contributed a couple of goals. “He is full of confidence now, and he has become a great personality,” he said. “In the past, he was not as vocal and tended to follow the pack. Now he takes responsibility and makes important decisions – defensively and offensively”. With a contract that expires in less than two years, the defender should be seen as a priority for his side, which should keep him, according to Matthaus. “His current contract is up in 2022. But Borussia need to sit with him and tie him down for longer,” he said. “Ginter has made tremendous progress lately and will only get better.”

Monchengladbach scored a notable 1-0 win against RB Leipzig on Saturday thanks to a goal from Hannes Wolf, moving them to fourth in the Bundesliga standings. They will tackle Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday in the Champions League. A match that was selected for one of the early starting slots. They played their first two games in European competition, against Inter and Real Madrid.