Not many Bundesliga defenders have gone into battle with Marcus Thuram this season and lived to tell the tale. But, as Borussia Monchengladbach’s talismanic centre-forward raced through on goal on Saturday afternoon, Moritz Jenz was in no mood to lay down accept defeat.
Schalke’s January signing turned on the afterburners and extended one of his telescopic legs, perhaps more in hope than expectation. And, just as Thuram was about to pull the trigger, Jenz nipped in with the most perfectly-timed sliding tackle, sending the ball spinning away for a corner kick.
In Schalke’s final game before Jenz’s arrival, they were hit for six in a humiliating home defeat to RB Leipzig. In fact, during their first 17 matches of the current campaign, the Rurh giants conceded 2.4 per goals per game.