Kiev (dpa) – With the wind in the back of the victory in the top match against RB Leipzig, Borussia Mönchengladbach now also wants the first three point in the Champions League.
“We have the confidence of the first games. It speaks for the quality of the team that we also do not hide from big opponents. We do not want that tomorrow,” said Borussia’s top scorer Jonas Hofmann in Kiev, where on Tuesday (6.55 pm) ). Uhr / DAZN), the match against Shakhtar Donetsk takes place. “Of course the results give us the momentum we need to continue working with confidence in our line-up in the group,” said coach Marco Rose.
After seven games without a defeat, the fifth in the Bundesliga could even take the lead in Group B after points against Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Also on board are the two defenders Tony Jantschke and Nico Elvedi, who recently had muscle problems. Both central defenders are urgently needed.
“Basically everything is free. With Tony it looked pretty good, Nico is being treated again. Every hour now counts until the game,” said Rose, who will rearrange his team to distribute the heavy load a bit.
Christoph Kramer, Marcus Thuram and probably Lars Stindl will be back in the base. Newcomers Hannes Wolf, who scored the winning goal against Leipzig on Saturday to make it 1-0, and Valentino Lazaro could also help. Wolf especially showed his strengths for the first time.
“The victory over Leipzig gives us positive energy and we will take it with us to the two games against Donetsk and Bayer Leverkusen”, said the loaner of RB Leipzig. Lazaro had torn a bundle of muscles in his calf and was in the selection against Real Madrid for the first time. He celebrated a short bet against Leipzig in the final phase.
Sports director Max Eberl once again emphasized the importance of the very first success against RB Leipzig. “That was a very important victory, especially after the two games against Inter Milan and Real Madrid with the goals conceded late,” said Eberl. Gone are the times when you just wanted to play in the Champions League. “We also want to win games. And if we don’t succeed, like against Real Madrid, it annoys us enormously,” the 47-year-old said on Sky TV.
Shakhtar Donetsk is the first opponent in Gladbach’s 171 games in European Cup history. Borussia has already faced Dynamo Kyiv twice: in 1977 in the national championship cup (2: 0, 0: 1) and in 2012 in qualifying for the Champions League (1: 3, 2: 1). Donetsk won the UEFA Cup in 2009 and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last summer. “Schachtjor is a team with good footballers, many Brazilians, who defend and switch well,” said Gladbach’s coach.
The Ukrainians previously won their championship game against Mariupol 4-1 and improved to second place in the Premier League behind Dynamo Kiev. “It will be a big game against a complicated opponent. But I trust my players and expect an excellent performance from them,” said Donetsk coach Luis Castro, who will play the home games with his team at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, where no spectators are allowed. must log out. “In a game without spectators, the soul is missing,” said Castro.
Shakhtar Donetsk: Trubin – Dodo, Bondar, Matwienko, Kornienko – Stepanenko – Tete, Marcos Antonio, Marlos, Solomon – Junior Moraes
Borussia Mönchengladbach: Summer – Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini – Kramer, Neuhaus – Hofmann, Stindl, Thuram – Plea
Referee: Gözübüyük (Netherlands)