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Mönchengladbach out to stand up to City

André Schubert reminded Mönchengladbach that they "didn't win the right to play in the Champions League at the county fair" as they geared up for Manchester City.

Ibrahima Traoré and Thorgan Hazard in training ahead of the City game
Ibrahima Traoré and Thorgan Hazard in training ahead of the City game ©AFP/Getty Images
  • Mönchengladbach have caretaker coach André Schubert in charge
  • "It makes no sense to go into this match afraid," he says
  • German side have not lost any of their five home games against English opposition
  • City's Vincent Kompany out, but Joe Hart, Yaya Touré, David Silva all train
  • City have lost three of their last six fixtures, Gladbach four

Possible lineups
Sommer; Korb, Christensen, Domínguez, Wendt; Dahoud, Xhaka, Herrmann, Johnson; Stindl, Raffael.
Out: Stranzl (eye socket)

Manchester City: Caballero; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Demichelis, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Fernando; Navas, De Bruyne, Sterling; Agüero.
Out: Delph (hamstring), Clichy (ankle), Kompany (calf), Mangala (muscle)
Doubtful: Bony (ankle), Hart (back), Touré (hamstring), Silva (calf)

André Schubert, Mönchengladbach caretaker coach
It will be a day of celebration because Borussia have a Champions League home match again. It will be a feast regardless of the result. It makes no sense to go into this match afraid, just wanting to avoid damage.

We didn't win the right to play in the Champions League at the county fair. This team was outstanding last term and deserves to be here. We also want to attack and show what we can do.

Manchester City are a very good side with outstanding players, but for me, they are not an overwhelmingly superior side. We are not star-struck. We will try to stifle their qualities and show ours. Their recent defeats are nothing to do with this game. This is just about the Champions League.

City have several injury doubts
City have several injury doubts©Getty Images

Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager
We want to put in a good performance here, to give our best and get a win. We still have five games to go but we will have to be at our best here. It is not like in the Premier League, where you can make good on a defeat later.

Vincent Kompany is a very important player. He is our captain and started the season well. But I never believe one player makes the difference. Last season we won six games without him. We have a strong squad, but having 11 players on the sidelines is too much to cope with.

Of course, [Mönchengladbach's] motivation will be very high, especially after their difficult start to the season. Now they have won two games in a row. It will be a tough game against a good team and we will have to play well to win.

City were soundly beaten on Saturday
City were soundly beaten on Saturday©AFP/Getty Images

Weekend results
Stuttgart 1-3 Borussia Mönchengladbach(Ginczek 40pen; Xhaka 16, Gentner og 20, Raffael 90)
Three days after getting off the Bundesliga mark by beating Augsburg 4-2, Mönchengladbach moved out of the relegation zone with a second victory under interim coach André Schubert.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Manchester City (Dier 45, Alderweireld 50, Kane 61, Lamela 79; De Bruyne 25)
Kevin De Bruyne gave Manchester City a 25th-minute lead but after that it all went wrong for the visitors, who have fallen behind Manchester United at the Premier League summit after this second successive top-flight defeat.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Mönchengladbach: WWLLLL
Manchester City: LWLLWW

Reporter's view: Matthew Howarth (@UEFAcomMattH)
City would have been firm favourites a fortnight ago, but the Foals have won their last two in the Bundesliga after a catastrophic start that cost coach Lucien Favre his job. His replacement Schubert will be confident his side can maintain their upward trend against an out-of-sorts City, who have incurred back-to-back league losses.

Did you know?
Mönchengladbach overcame City 4-2 on aggregate en route to lifting the UEFA Cup in 1979; find out more in our extensive match background.

City guide: Monchengladbach
City guide: Monchengladbach