What the German papers are saying ahead of Celtic v Gladbach

first_imgIn contrast, Celtic are oozing confidence having gone 21 matches unbeaten at home across all competitions and there is more than a hint of concern for Gladbach across the German media.It has been well documented Gladbach have injury problems to contend with ahead of their meeting with Brendan Rodgers’ men.Strikers Thorgan Hazard, Raffael and defender Andreas Christensen are sidelined with injury, while Fabian Johnson is ill but German paper Bild reports sporting director Max Eberl stresses that they will attempt to silence the “fanatical” fans and win in Scotland.Mikael Lustig’s Swedish teammate Oscar Wendt insists Gladbach won’t use injuries as an excuse for failure. Wednesday promises to be another electric night at Celtic Park as Celtic take on Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on matchday three. After a 7-0 hammering to Barcelona on their return to Europe’s top table, the Hoops produced a fantastic display against Manchester City to restore confidence going into the crunch clash with the Bundesliga outfit.There is a renewed sense of belief among pundits and supporters that the Scottish champions can seize the victory that would put them in the driving seat to finish third and secure European football after Christmas.Gladbach have yet to gain a point in Group C, making their cause for a win all the more pressing, and head into this game on the back of a disappointing 0-0 draw against Hamburg and a 4-0 loss to Schalke. Bild has identified Celtic’s backline as a main weakness and don’t envisage Gladbach having any problems in breaching their defence despite a 0-0 draw with Hamburg at the weekend.Kicker expect the fans to play a big part in the outcome of this game, with the paper reporting Gladbach coach Andre Schubert says it will be an “enormous challenge”. Schubert says they will “need to find a good balance without losing quality”. Injuries are once again the focus but sporting director Eberl says this is an opportunity for someone to step up and stake a claim in the first team. Kicker believes it isn’t a must-win for the Foals as a point would put them in control of the battle for third. Deutsche Welle notes Gladbach aren’t in great form and haven’t won in their last three games or scored in 236 minutes of action. They believe that “victory is the only option” in keeping the club’s hopes of staying in Europe alive until after Christmas.Schubert is quoted as saying: “We know that a huge task is imminent for us. We are going to Glasgow to get points, otherwise we do not need to go in the first place.”The German paper Suddeutsche Zeitung has identified Moussa Dembele as a “dangerous” threat, citing his two goals against Manchester City as cause for concern. It also reports Gladbach have just won once in their last five games and have been unconvincing on their travels as they haven’t won away since August.last_img read more