Kiev (dpa) – Third appearance, first victory? After two draws in the spectacular Champions League matches against Inter Milan (2: 2) and Real Madrid (2: 2), Borussia Mönchengladbach will meet 13-time Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donzek today in Kiev (6:55 PM / DAZN) .
Borussia coach Marco Rose warns against underestimation of the Ukrainians. Especially because the team won 3-2 at Real Madrid. “The tasks that most people find easiest are usually the hardest,” Rose said Monday.
INITIAL SITUATION: The Gladbachers, who had to accept the equalizer against Inter and Real in the closing minutes, could ideally take the lead in the championship with a victory and would at least have made a step forward in the race for third place. On the other hand, after beating Real and a draw against Inter with three points, the Ukrainians can already dream of the next round in the Champions League. “We are now entering a crucial phase, so the game against Donetsk is also important,” said Rose. His colleague Luis Castro has studied Borussia intensively. “I trust my players and I expect an excellent performance,” said the 59-year-old.
STAFF: Ailing Borussia defenders Nico Elvedi and Tony Jantschke flew to Kiev after their muscle problems. “Basically everything is clear. With Tony it looked pretty good, with Nico now deciding every hour whether he can play against Donetsk”, Gladbach’s head coach said. Shakhtar misses the ex-Schalke Jewgeni Konopljanka, Sergej Kriwzow, Ismaily and Dentinho.
STATISTICS: Borussia Mönchengladbach faced two Ukrainian teams in four European Cups. Both times the opponent was called Dynamo Kiev. In the semi-finals of the national championship competition, the Gladbach team won 2-0 and 0-1 in 1977 and advanced to the final. In qualifying for the 2012 Champions League, Kiev continued with a 3-1 win over Borussia-Park and a 1-2 home loss. The two Borussia pros Tony Jantschke and Patrick Herrmann were already there in both games.
SPECTATORS: The match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev will be to the exclusion of spectators. Given the current pandemic situation in Ukraine, the responsible Ministry of Health has withdrawn the approval of the ventilator originally granted. “In a game without spectators, the soul is missing,” said Donetsk coach Castro.