Summary

  • Gladbach take on Barcelona at Camp Nou on Tuesday.
  • Lost 4-1 to Dortmund at the weekend.
  • Stindl: "We're starting to lose ground".

Borussia Mönchengladbach are itching to get back in the saddle after surrendering a one-goal lead in defeat to Borussia Dortmund at the weekend.

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The result means the Foals are now without a win in their last eight Bundesliga matches, ahead of a pivotal two-week period that begins with Tuesday's UEFA Champions League Group C encounter at FC Barcelona's Camp Nou (kick-off: 20:45CET/19:45GMT).

Watch: Oscar Wendt addresses Gladbach's 4-1 defeat to Dortmund:

"We have to pull ourselves together quickly," Gladbach defender Julian Korb told the club's official website. "The fans stayed positive on Saturday and that really helped. We've had some difficult matches recently against the likes of Köln and Hoffenheim. We've been playing well, but we haven't been scoring goals to win them. It's hard to explain why things aren't going our way."

Despite impressing in Europe and securing UEFA Europa League knockout football for the new year with room to spare, Gladbach have yet to hit their straps domestically. Indeed, the 4-1 defeat to Dortmund has left Andre Schubert's side some 12 points adrift of fourth-in-the-table TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, in 13th place.

"If we had played our best we could have taken something off Dortmund, but we just didn't turn up," Schubert bemoaned in the aftermath of Borussia's chastening reverse at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. "We have to shake ourselves down and be ready to go again because Barcelona on Tuesday will be another very difficult test."

Gladbach led Dortmund for just 59 seconds on Matchday 13, eventually losing the game 4-1.

Gladbach are acutely aware that there are no easy games in the Champions League, having missed out on qualification to the Last 16 for two seasons running, but the same is also true of the Bundesliga. The Foals have managed just three wins this term - compared to seven at the same juncture in 2015/16 - and still have to face 1. FSV Mainz 05, FC Augsburg and VfL Wolfsburg before the year is out.

"We know we are starting to lose ground in the Bundesliga and that's not a nice feeling," admitted club captain Lars Stindl. "Our current league position is way below expectations. We're playing to a decent level, but it is not enough to get the win. The little things seem to be going against us at the moment and we find ourselves in a sticky situation as a result. We'll get through it together."

Andre Schubert is almost halfway into his first full season as Gladbach head coach.

Gladbach's esprit de corps dug them out of a hole last season, taking them from rock bottom after five matches to fourth come the end of the campaign. On current form, repeating the trick in 2016/17 is going to take quite the effort, but the Rhineland outfit have the experience, coach and squad to make it happen.

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