Mönchengladbach to stand up to Sevilla

"We can compete with strong teams," Mönchengladbach coach André Schubert asserted, with his side in a straight battle with Sevilla for third place in Group D.

Mönchengladbach players gear up for the Sevilla game
Mönchengladbach players gear up for the Sevilla game ©AFP/Getty Images
  • André Schubert backs Gladbach to give Sevilla a game as the duo battle for third place
  • Home side are unbeaten in nine matches having lost seven of first ten in all competitions
  • Sevilla need a win to have any hope of reaching the round of 16
  • Mönchengladbach are out and will finish fourth in Group D if they lose
  • Unai Emery confident his team have a "real chance" of advancing

Possible lineups
Mönchengladbach:
Sommer; Korb, Jantschke, Christensen, Wendt; Xhaka, Dahoud, Traoré, Johnson; Stindl; Raffael.
Out: Domínguez (back), Hahn (leg), Herrmann (knee), N Schulz (knee), Stranzl (head)

Sevilla: Rico; Coke, Rami, Kolodziejczak, Trémoulinas; Iborrra, Krychowiak; Konoplyanka, Banega, Vitolo; Gameiro.
Out: Andreolli (thigh), Beto (knee), Carriço (thigh), Pareja (knee), Kakuta (foot)

Matchday one: Sevilla 3-0 Mönchengladbach
Matchday one: Sevilla 3-0 Mönchengladbach

André Schubert, Mönchengladbach coach
Sevilla are very, very strong opponents. They have a lot of pace, but we showed against Juventus and Manchester City that we can compete with strong teams. We want to play attacking football. Their coach rested some of their players in the league – that shows how many good players they have and that they have respect for us.

Unai Emery, Sevilla coach
It's a tough task, but we are used to them. I think we still have a real chance of qualifying. A tough opponent awaits, in a fantastic stadium with fantastic supporters. This match means a lot to us. We've been playing well this season and now it's up to us to show our qualities. First we must take these three points and then we will tackle the next step.

Raffael celebrates at the weekend
Raffael celebrates at the weekend©Getty Images

Weekend results
Mönchengladbach 2-1 Hannover (Traoré 34, Raffael 84; Sobiech 65)
A late Raffael goal, his sixth in the Bundesliga this term, earned Mönchengladbach victory. Boss Schubert is now unbeaten in his first eight league games – including as caretaker – the first Foals coach to achive that since Udo Lattek in 1975/76.

Real Sociedad 2-0 Sevilla (Agirretxe 73, Xabi Prieto 77)
Playing their first match of the post-David Moyes era, La Real posted only their third Liga win of the campaign. Sevilla went into the match on the back of a 3-2 triumph over Real Madrid before the international break.

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Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Mönchengladbach: WDDWWW
Sevilla: LWLLWL

Reporter's view: Matthew Howarth (@UEFAcomMattH)
The visitors need to win to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knockout stage, but fourth-placed Gladbach have lost just once in 12 competitive outings under Schubert. They will be desperate to finish strongly despite no longer being able to qualify.

Did you know?
Sevilla prevailed 4-2 on aggregate (1-0 at home, 3-2 away) when the clubs met in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 last term; find out more in our comprehensive match background.

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