Gladbach with wind in their sails

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Borussia Mönchengladbach head to Munich for their Bundesliga fixture against Bayern with the wind in their sails after a Champions League victory in Scotland. “It was the perfect preparation for the Bayern game on Saturday – the toughest of the season. We’re heading there with a great deal of confidence,” said Fohenelf captain Lars Stindl after the 2-0 win at Celtic in the Champions League. Former Augsburg player André Hahn even pointed out, “We’re going to Munich to beat Bayern.”

Borussia will arrive in the Bavarian capital full of self-confidence, even when last season’s fourth-placed side have not quite matched expectations yet this campaign. Following a 4-0 loss at Schalke and a 0-0 draw against Hamburg, Gladbach have fallen to ninth place in the Bundesliga. “We have to contain the opposition’s attack whilst bringing our own attacking qualities to the fore,” said head coach André Schubert, “the way we played in Glasgow has given me a good feeling for the game on Saturday.”

Gladbach have enjoyed recent success against Bayern. The side from North-Rhine Westphalia have not lost any of their last four league meetings with the record champions. However, defender Jannik Vestergaard has stressed, “Bayern are world class. We have to fight tooth and nail but also have a bit of luck on our side.”

Mönchengladbach are without: Thorgan Hazard (knee), Raffael (muscle injury), Alvaro Dominguez (back operation), Andreas Christensen (thigh and gluteal strain), Mamadou Doucouré (torn muscle bundle), Marvin Schulz (groin strain), Josip Drmic (cartilage damage)

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