Two of the Bundesliga's most successful sides meet at Borussia-Park this weekend, as Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern Munich do battle.
Both teams in fine form
After Fabian Johnson’s dramatic last gasp equaliser at Hoffenheim last weekend, a resurgent Gladbach climbed into the Champions League places. Meanwhile, champions Bayern will be looking to further their lead at the top, especially with Borussia Dortmund facing a difficult match at Wolfsburg.
Should the Bavarians win and Philipp Lahm play, it will be the former Germany international’s 300th competitive victory for the club. The visitors were also boosted by the news that Franck Ribery returned to full training this week, after a lengthy injury lay-off.
It remains to be soon whether the game has come to early for the fan favourite though. Die Fohlen have also been given a lift by one of their owns icons, Martin Stranzl, coming back from injury to start training with the first team again. He has recovered from his injury, but like Ribery the game may have come to soon to be included.
Nordtveit has his say
Fellow Borussia defender Havard Nordtveit has been talking about the prospect of playing against Germany’s illustrious champions. “It is always an honour and an enjoyable experience playing against Bayern München,” the Norwegian revealed. “They are one of the best teams in Europe, if not in the world. Particularly going forward they are incredibly strong.”
The former Arsenal man went on to say: “If you want to pick up points against Bayern, then you have to defend intelligently. Many teams adopt a highly defensive setup, but this is often ineffective due to the fact that Bayern tend to eventually find a hole.” The 25 year-old explained, “We will not only concentrate on our defence, but will look to play forward. I hope that we are able to create chances and score goals, just like we have done in recent matches."
Borussia Mönchengladbach: (4-4-2) Sommer; Korb, Christensen, Nordtveit, Wendt; Drmic, Xhaka, Dahoud, Johnson; Raffael, Stindl.
Bayern Munich: (4-3-3) Neuer; Lahm, Benatia, Boateng, Rafinha; Javi Martinez, Xabi Alonso, Vidal; Müller, Lewandowski, Coman.