Borussia Mönchengladbach last sampled that winning feeling in the Bundesliga on Matchday 5. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Borussia Mönchengladbach last sampled that winning feeling in the Bundesliga on Matchday 5. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Bundesliga

Star-crossed Gladbach seek Barcelona lift

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).

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"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."

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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."

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