Gladbach braced for Barcelona test

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach head coach André Schubert is expecting a stern test from Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night but is hopeful his side will be able to pick up a positive result.

The Bundesliga outfit fought valiantly in the home leg of their encounter against the La Liga giants and were unfortunate to go down 2-1, with Arda Turan and Gerard Pique netting for the visitors.

Since then, Andre Schubert's charges have endured a dismal run in the Bundesliga, going seven consecutive games without garnering victory.

However, the 45-year-old says he will devise a plan for Luis Enrique's side.

"We have worked very hard in recent years in order to play in the Champions league," he told the club's official website. 

"It really will be something special to play in the Camp Nou. It is the first time that Borussia will have played a competitive fixture at the Camp Nou and so it is a great honour for us. 

"We are coming up against one of the best teams in the world. We have earned the right to compete against them and now have to find ways to contain Barcelona's attacking threat, but also offer something going forward as well. 

"We will have to come up with a plan, just like we did in the first game when we played extremely well. However, home games are completely different to away ones.

"We know we won't see too much of the ball and will have to be disciplined when we defend. We won't be getting hundreds of chances to score, so of the few chances we do create, we will have to take them."

Schubert also spoke about the absence of Brazil international Neymar, which he feels won't hamper Barcelona's attacking threat too much as Lionel Messi is set to return.

"I am never pleased to see a player not being able to take part in a game. It is always better when both teams have a full complement of players to choose from. 

"Unfortunately, that is very rarely the case. Neymar isn't just a regular for Barcelona, but also an extremely key player.

"That's why we are assuming that Lionel Messi will play after he missed out in the first game against us, which isn't that bad at all," he concluded.

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