Graz (dpa) – German Bundesliga football Borussia Mönchengladbach has to give up its defensive axis in the Europa League match against Wolfsberger AC (18h55). But coach Marco Rose also has alternatives in the team.
Due to the bitter defeat 0: 4, the Gladbacher are warned. "For us, it is to learn the lessons of the first step, to achieve a good performance and to obtain a result that will help us," said coach Marco Rose.
STARTING POSITION: The leader of the Bundesliga championship has developed a good starting position after the weak start of the group stage. A win against the WAC would have taken a big step forward to the knockout stage and could be completed in the last home game with a draw against Basaksehir FK. However, a win could also be enough for a quick qualification – if, at the same time, AS Roma lost to Basaksehir FK. "I am confident that we will play differently than in the first leg because we know what to expect and we have to go all out," said midfielder Jonas Hofmann.
STAFF: In addition to Christoph Kramer's suspension and Nico Elvedi's injury-related break due to injury, national player Matthias Ginter also had to adapt because of muscle problems. The three professionals did not fly to Graz. For coach Marco Rose, the failure of the regular defense is a problem because Tony Jantschke, Jordan Beyer and Tobias Strobl did not play at all. Ramy Bensebaini is also a candidate for central defense. "We have a good team and an idea of how we can handle losses, and we play in a positive way," said coach Rose.
THE OPPONENT: After two recent defeats against Istanbul Basaksehir, the Austrian Bundesliga, third, lost his good starting position in the Europa League and urgently needs a win against Mönchengladbach to stay in the running qualifying for the round of 16. In the first leg, the team beat Borussia Park 4-0. Following the transfer of coach Gerhard Struber to FC Barnsley last week, assistant coach Mohamed Sahli has been appointed acting coach. The WAC coach has to abandon the suspended Nemanja Rnic.