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Marco Rose insists that Borussia Monchengladbach “really can’t lose” when they face Manchester City in the Champions League as they challenged their players to be brave in the knockout round of 16.
Gladbach was a surprise by leaving his group behind Real Madrid, having qualified for the round of 16 by finishing ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter.
Now the Bundesliga squad faces runaway Premier League leaders without the benefit of playing at home. Due to travel restrictions in Germany amid the coronavirus pandemic, the first leg takes place on Wednesday in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.
Rose, who is leaving at the end of the season to take over national rival Borussia Dortmund, acknowledges that the underdog will have to defend well to keep the team in the form of Pep Guardiola, although he also stressed the importance of being brave in possession. if you want to have a chance to give a big surprise.
“When you’re Borussia Monchengladbach and you’re playing a Champions League round of 16 match against Manchester City, you really can’t lose,” Rose told the media.
“It is basically a great thing for the club to play in the Champions League and we have always said that we want to prove ourselves and show what we can do.
“We have done really well so far. The boys should enjoy the game, that’s part of the occasion. But they must also be prepared to show what they can do.
“Above all, it is about defending well and playing with courage. If there’s one thing that City really doesn’t like, it’s not having the ball. “
@ OWendt_17: “We already faced some world-class teams in the @Champions League group stage and we show that we can give them a match. We hope to do the same tomorrow against @City man. “#DieFohlen #UCL #BMGCity pic.twitter.com/ZV7e9EbkP4
– Gladbach (@borussia_en) February 23, 2021
Gladbach, who has reached the knockout rounds of Europe’s premier club competition for the first time in 43 years, will be without Torben Musel and Famana Quizera in the first leg.
They will face opponents who have not lost since November 21, with a 1-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday that will extend City’s undefeated streak in all competitions to 25 games.
“I don’t think I should motivate guys in any way. They have been won tonight, ”Rose said before the game at Puskas Arena.
“I hope that the players will reflect again on what they have already achieved in the group stage and that they will face this game with passion and courage, but also with the desire to suffer.
“We will always try to make progress in the future. If my team plays the best it can, then a good result is absolutely possible. “
City are undefeated against Gladbach in the Champions League, having won three times and drawn once in previous meetings.