Last season, the Reds were surprise qualifiers for the Europa League, while Gladbach are on course to go one better this season by getting into for the Champions League.
But Gladbach director of sport Max Eberl has warned his side still have a long way to go if they are to emulate their hosts.
"They played a great season last year and they were the surprise package (in the Bundesliga)," he said.
"Now we are the ones who could be the surprise, but we have not achieved anything yet.
"We want to fight for what we can get out of this season in the remaining games."
Gladbach are currently 11 points clear of fifth-placed Stuttgart with seven games of the season remaining.
Hannover are just two points further adrift, though, with hopes of reaching the Europa League semi-finals still very much alive after losing just 2-1 in the first leg of their last-eight tie away to Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
But coach Mirko Slomka believes his side can do better than they did in Spain.
"We can play better and we have got to play better against Gladbach," he said after returning from Madrid yesterday.
Striker Jan Schlaudraff added: "We want to have more of these fantastic (European) evenings next season and we will give it all we have got at home to try and keep the three points at home."
Slomka will have to assess the fitness of his players just 48 hours after their trip to Spain, but Gladbach coach Lucien Favre does not expect tiredness to be an issue.
"They have shown since the start of the season that they have no problems coping in the Bundesliga with their extra strain," he said.
Mike Hanke is Favre's only doubt due to a groin strain.