Gladbach vs Werder Bremen Preview

Borussia Monchengladbach's director of sport Max Eberl is satisfied with his side's form going into Saturday's clash with Werder Bremen.

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The Foals have lost two of their first three games of the season, yet Eberl says the quality of the opposition should be considered before drawing any rash conclusions about the start his side have made to the season.

"Away from home, we've played two of the three best teams in Germany and we played a decent game each time," he said.

"Unfortunately, we failed to pick up any bonus points, but to say now that we are under pressure against Bremen and have got to win at all costs is not how I see it.

"You can only really make a preliminary summary after six or seven games and only then can you see which direction you are heading in."

According to Eberl, his side's only win this season - a 3-0 triumph over Hannover - has not been given the credit it deserves either.

"This win was regarded as normal," he added. "But if you now see how Hannover are candidates for a place in Europe and have already got six points, then our excellent performance against them should, in my opinion, be viewed a little differently."

A similar performance to that game is going to be required to earn a similar outcome against a Bremen side who have conceded just one goal all season.

"We're going to have to find the right balance, and quickly," said Gladbach coach Lucien Favre at a press conference.

"Bremen run, fight and are very well organised. When they lose the ball, all of their men come back quickly."

That one goal Bremen conceded was nevertheless enough to inflict their first defeat this season in Dortmund last weekend.

That game was always going to be a big defensive effort from Bremen, and they were not far away from succeeding.

The same kind of game is what their coach Robin Dutt expects as he brings up a century of games as a Bundesliga coach tomorrow.

"They have a very strong team and certainly no crazy football can be expected from us," Dutt said.

"The aim on Saturday is once again going to be to work hard from the back, although I would prefer us to be more attacking than we were in Dortmund."

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