18 competitive game victories in a row, 25 games unbeaten – Borussia Mönchengladbach will face a Herculean task on Wednesday (9:00 p.m. / live DAZN) in the first leg of the first leg of the Champions League in Budapest with Manchester City. The upcoming departure of successful coach Marco Rose in the summer to league rivals Borussia Dortmund should no longer play a role. Record winners Real Madrid got back in shape in time before their stint at Atalanta Bergamo.
Gladbach is in the knockout phase of the Champions League for the first time. “I don’t think I have to motivate the guys in any way,” said Rose. “You deserve this evening.” Stefan Lainer will spend it on the right wing. Whether his ÖFB teammate Valentino Lazaro will also start is open, the substitute bench is waiting for compatriot Hannes Wolf in Borussia’s Corona alternative quarters in Hungary.
“I would like the players to approach the game with a lot of passion, courage and the ability to suffer,” said Rose. You could use them against England’s sovereign leaders. In six group games, City has won five times and also played five times to zero. Rose: “We’ll try to keep putting the ball forward with accents and pinpricks. If my team pulls out all their power, they’ll be absolutely capable of it.”
The failed dress rehearsal against Mainz (1: 2) took Rose on his hat because of his move to Dortmund announced the week before. But you can only win against City, emphasized the former Salzburg coach, who has been facing strong headwinds from Gladbach’s fans since his decision. He would like to take a victory over the Premier League leader. “
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City has not lost since November. Coach Pep Guardiola’s team is heading for the third championship title in the past four years with a ten-point lead. “We have our fate in our own hands,” said offensive star Raheem Sterling, with whom Lainer will probably have to deal often. In addition, City’s record scorer Sergio Aguero, who has not played a game since the beginning of January due to a corona infection and various injuries, could face a comeback. “He will play as soon as possible,” said Guardiola.
The Champions League is the trophy that the city owners from the United Arab Emirates have been aiming for for years. Guardiola emphasized that nothing would change in the preparation. “We have a lot of competitions in our sights. We’ll play our game and try to get a result like we’ve done so far.” German opponents are always dangerous, added the former Bayern Munich coach.
Real coach Zinedine Zidane was already heavily criticized a few weeks ago. After four league wins in a row and minor problems with city rivals Atletico, the Madrilenians can suddenly dream of the championship again. Zidane Real won the Champions League trophy as head coach in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Last year, however, was the last sixteen hit against City with two 1: 2 defeats.
Before the guest appearance on Wednesday (9 p.m. / live Sky) in Bergamo, the injury concerns among the “Royal” have intensified again. Karim Benzema is plagued by an ankle injury and Zidane doesn’t want to “take any chances” with his top scorer.
The French should only travel with them if there is no danger. Mariano Diaz should therefore act in the center of the storm, Marco Asensio and Vinicius jr appear on the wings. set – because Eden Hazard and Rodrygo are also canceled there.
In the league game against Valladolid, Zidane only had twelve players from the professional squad. “We’re not happy with the situation, but there’s not much we can do about it,” said the three-time world footballer. Atalanta wants to take the chance and build on last year’s successes when “La Dea” failed in their first Champions League participation in the quarter-finals against later finalists Paris Saint-Germain.