20.10.2015 19:30 - in: Champions League S

    Schubert: “We’ll embrace the challenge”

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    Borussia Monchengladbach boss Andre Schubert, joined by Fabian Johnson and Oscar Wendt, insists that his side enter Wednesday’s Champions League tie at Juventus Stadium with confidence

    Borussia Monchengladbach boss Andre Schubert stressed that his men will embrace the challenge of playing against the Bianconeri in tomorrow evening’s Champions League Group D encounter.

    Since taking over the Foals last month, he has guided them to four Bundesliga victories on the bounce and the 44-year-old says his team is approaching the match in high spirits.

    Speaking to journalists at Juventus Stadium, he began: “Neither side has started the season particularly well, making this an interesting game. Of course, we come up against a top side, but we’ll be fearless and play with confidence in a fantastic stadium. The boys have worked very hard to experience moments like these and I’m backing them to seize the occasion and give everything they’ve got.”

    Asked about the recipe for his charges’ recent run of form, Schubert said: “I’ve no secret for this success. We train with great intensity and we look to play a high-pressing game and to regain the ball back quickly. These are our main footballing principles which we will look to stay true to tomorrow.”

    Gladbach winger Fabian Johnson echoed his manager’s sentiments, affirming that the Foals would aim to play on the front foot with the primary objective of taking maximum points back to Germany.

    He added: “We want to win the match and we’ll give everything we’ve got to do so. We’re also keen to give a good account of ourselves and look to play in the same way that has led to our recent victories.

    “We want to take the game to Juventus, play high up the pitch and create chances to score, as we did against Manchester City.”

    In that game, which ended 2-1 to the current Premier League leaders, the hosts were unfortunate not to take more according to Johnson’s team-mate Oscar Wendt.

    While acknowledging the Bianconeri’s strengths, the Swedish midfielder insisted that Gladbach are currently riding on the crest of a wave and keen to show what they are made of in their third match of Group D.

    “The first game at Sevilla was neither a good performance nor result, while against Manchester City we were unlucky to leave empty-handed. We’re heading into this tie on the back of a strong run of results and and we’ve regained a high level of confidence.”

    The 29-year-old concluded: “Juventus got to the final last year and so they’re tough opponents and favourites tomorrow, but as we’ve shown in our last Bundesliga games we’re capable of playing very good football ourselves.”

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