Borussia Mönchengladbach will conclude their UEFA Champions League campaign for the season with a visit to group winners Barcelona on matchday six.
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VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach will conclude their UEFA Champions League campaign for the season with a visit to group winners FC Barcelona on matchday six.
• Both teams' positions in Group C were set in stone on matchday five when Barcelona secured first place and qualification with a 2-0 win at Celtic FC. As for André Schubert's Gladbach they made sure of third position, and entry into the UEFA Europa League round of 32, thanks to a 1-1 home draw with Manchester City FC.
• Barcelona overturned a half-time deficit to win 2-1 in Monchengladbach on matchday two, Gerard Piqué scoring the winning goal after 74 minutes.
• The Spanish title holders have qualified for the round of 16 for the 13th successive season. For the tenth season running they have won their section, extending their own UEFA Champions League record.
• Luis Enrique's side are seeking a 14th straight home victory in the UEFA Champions League. Overall they are unbeaten in 18 matches at home in the competition, a run that started in September 2013 (W17 D1).
• Barcelona have won 12 of their last 13 home matches against Bundesliga opposition; the solitary exception was their 3-0 loss to FC Bayern München in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, their last home loss in the competition.
• The Spanish side's overall home record against German teams is W20 D1 L6.
• Gladbach's 2-0 success at Celtic in their last away fixture was the club's first victory on the road in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League proper, excluding qualifying, since a 3-0 triumph at FK Crvena zvezda on 19 October 1977.
• The Bundesliga team lost 3-0 at Sevilla FC in their opening fixture of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Their overall record in Spain reads W1 D2 L4. That solitary victory came on their first visit, when they beat Real Zaragoza 4-2 through goals from Allan Simonsen, Jupp Heynckes (two) and Uli Stielike in the 1974/75 UEFA Cup third round.
• This is Gladbach's first visit to the Camp Nou but they have played in Barcelona before, losing 4-1 at RCD Espanyol in the 1987/88 UEFA Cup first round.
Coach and player links
• Luis Enrique played for Spain against Germany in a 1-1 draw at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. As a Barcelona player he struck in a 2-0 home win over Borussia Dortmund in the two-legged 1997 UEFA Super Cup (aggregate 3-1).
• Luis Enrique found the net again in a 1-1 draw at Hertha BSC Berlin in the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League second group stage, and in both matches when Barcelona traded 2-1 home wins with Leverkusen in the 2001/02 first group stage.
• Marc-André ter Stegen was born in Monchengladbach and made 108 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia's first team between 2011 and 2014.
• Paco Alcácer struck a hat-trick past Yann Sommer in Valencia CF's 5-0 victory over the Swiss goalkeeper's FC Basel 1893 side in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals – a result that overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit. Jérémy Mathieu was also in that Valencia side.
• Ivan Rakitić was in the Basel senior squad between 2005 and 2007 but never played a first-team game with Sommer, who had yet to step up from the reserves.
• Rakitić played for FC Schalke 04 from 2007 to 2011 and faced Gladbach four times (W2 D1 L1). He lost 1-0 on his only visit to Monchengladbach in November 2009 but made amends by scoring twice in a 3-1 home win in April 2010.
• Christoph Kramer was in the Germany side that beat Messi and Javier Mascherano's Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final.
• Messi scored for Argentina in a 4-0 victory over Fabian Johnson's USA in the semi-final of the 2016 Copa América.
• Oscar Wendt helped FC København earn a 1-1 home draw with Barcelona in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Álvaro Domínguez faced Barcelona twice (W1 D1) while at Club Atlético de Madrid (2008–12).
• Have played together:
Álvaro Domínguez & Arda Turan (Club Atlético de Madrid, 2011–12)
Christoph Kramer & Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany)
• Neymar and Rakitić serve one-game bans on matchday six.
• Messi has scored 21 goals in 20 appearances for club and country this term. He was not on the mark in Saturday's Clásico, though, Luis Suárez scoring Barcelona's goal in the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid CF.
• Carles Aleña, Álex Carbonell, Marc Cardona and Nili Perdomo made their Barcelona debuts on 30 November in the 1-1 draw at Hércules CF in the first leg of the clubs' Copa del Rey round of 32 tie. Aleña equalised.
• Lars Stindl is suspended following his red card against City on 23 November.
• The Foals are seven games without a win in all competitions.
• Ibrahima Traoré suffered a groin injury on matchday five and is likely to miss the rest of the year.
• Patrick Herrmann tore ligaments in his right ankle on 5 November and will be out for the remainder of 2016.
• Marvin Schulz (hip flexor), who is yet to play this season, resumed individual training on 14 November.
• Mamadou Doucouré's debut for Gladbach will have to wait until 2017 because of a long-term thigh injury.
Teams taking part in all of the matchday six UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches will observe a minute's silence to pay respect to the victims of last week's air disaster involving the Chapecoense team and accompanying delegation. The Brazilian club lost most of their players and coaching staff in the accident, which occurred in Colombia, where Chapecoense were due to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atlético Nacional.
"European football is united in expressing its deepest sympathy to Chapecoense, the Brazilian Football Confederation [CBF], CONMEBOL and the families of all the victims," said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. "This tragedy has shaken the world of football, and we would like to send our support to all of those affected by it."