Mönchengladbach (AP) – Borussia Mönchengladbach will take on the second big opponent on the second Champions League match day. After the 2: 2 at Inter Milan last week, Real Madrid will be a guest at Borussia Park next Tuesday (9 p.m. / Sky).
But there were no spectators for a short time, so the game plays out like a ghost game. Still, the Gladbachers want to provide the next surprise.
HISTORY: For the third time in an international competition, the paths of Borussia and Real will cross. The record of the four games so far is completely balanced with one win, two draws and one defeat at 8: 8 goals. The most memorable are the great 5: 1 in the UEFA Cup first leg of the 1985/86 season (second leg: 0: 4) and the 1: 1 in Madrid in the second leg of the European Cup 1975/76. In the match, Gladbach’s team dropped out after a few wrong decisions by the Dutch referee Leonardo van der Kroft.
INITIAL SITUATION: Real recovered after a minor crisis with the 2: 3 against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League and the 0: 1 against newly promoted FC Cadiz in the Spanish championship and set an example with the 3: 1 victory over FC Barcelona. The Gladbachers have been undefeated for five competitive games and caused a surprise with their 2-2 in their first appearance in the highest league at Inter Milan.
STAFF: Denis Zakaria is still missing in Gladbach. After their injuries, Laszlo Benes and newcomer Valentino Lazaro are back in the team for the first time. Sergio Ramos, who had knee problems, played against Barcelona again last weekend. Eden Hazard is in the selection for the first time this season after a muscle injury. There are only problems in the full-back positions.
WHAT THE TRAINERS SAY:
Marco Rose: “When we are in the Champions League, we not only want to be amazed, we also want to play good matches and prove ourselves. We want to play and fight Real in the best possible way, so that we can provide a surprise.”
Zinedine Zidane: “It will be a difficult game for us. We have to go into the game focused and well prepared and perform as we did against Barcelona on Saturday.”