Juventus - Borussia Monchengladbach: Italians looking to continue European form against struggling Germans
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Serie A champions Juventus will be eager to make it three wins out of three in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League when they take on Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday night. 

Sizzling start 

Juventus' European ventures have proved to be a stark contrast to their domestic form as they are proving the team to beat in group D. Massimiliano Allegri's currently sit atop of the group with a perfect record having secured a impressive opening three points away to Manchester City while goals from Alvaro Morata and Simone Zaza gave Allegri's side a routine victory over Europa League holders Sevilla

Shaky league form 

Despite their European excellence, the league form of last year's finalists has really let them down as they currently sit 14th in the Serie A standings with just nine points on the board, nine behind leaders Fiorentina. 

It didn't get any better at the weekend when they took on third-placed Inter Milan which ended a goalless draw their third stalemate of the campaign which saw the gap between them and title contenders grow further and further apart. 

Bonucci expects intensity 

Defender Leonardo Bonucci is also wary as he believes that Juve cannot take anything for granted when the Bundesliga side visit the Juventus Stadium on Wednesday.

Bonucci spoke about the goals of the side claiming they are to "close the gap" at the top of Serie A and "progress" in the Champions League but believes that there is still "something missing" but says that Juve have "no more excuses".

The 28-year-old went on to say that he believes that in the league Juve possibly have "more anxiety" in their performances and believes victory on Wednesday will be a "important step" but remained wary saying "anything can happen" in Europe's elite competition. 

Borussia resurgence 

Bonucci has every to be wary as it seems Monchengladbach are heading back in the right direction after a slow start to the campaign. 

it was far from that start that they would of wanted with just one victory in their opening six league matches as well as defeats to both Sevilla and Manchester City in their european fixtures which ultimatley saw manager Lucian Favre's resignation from his post at Borussia-Park

Things on the up 

Things have taken a much better turn since the arrival of Andre Schubert as interim manager with Gladbach winning their last four matches in the league including a 5-1 demolition of Einchtart Frankfurt at the weekend but will be well aware of the task ahead of them for their trip to Turin. 

Team news 

A potentially huge blow for Allegri will be the absence of keeper Gianluigi Buffon who picked up a calf injury in the stalemate at San Siro. Both Martin Caceres and Stephan Lichtsteiner are to remain on the sidelines after missing the trip to Milan at the weekend. 

Schubert is expected to be without a signifcant number of key players with Granit Xhaka, Patrick Herrmann and Nico Schulz (all knee) as well as Martin Stranzl (eye) for the trip to Turin.
 

Juventus will take on Borussia Monchengladbach at the Juventus Stadium on Wednesday, October 21 with kick-off at 7:45PM BST. 

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