Borussia Mönchengladbach is back on Europe’s biggest stage, the Champions League. Gladbach caught a real hammer group. Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk are the opponents in Group B, with Inter going to the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on Wednesday.
“A great challenge awaits us. We’re looking forward to it, ”said Mönchengladbach’s coach Marco Rose in a kicker interview before the difficult game against the top Italian team, in which the foals are of course the outsiders, like before Inter Milan vs. Gladbach clarify the odds of the betting providers.
But of course the team from the Lower Rhine does not want to hide, even if the prognosis must take into account before the match between Inter Milan and Gladbach that Rose as a coach has no Champions League experience and the club was last in the premier class in 2016/17 acted.
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Of course, not only Mönchengladbach caught a difficult group, the same applies of course to Inter. In the last Champions League season, the Nerazzurri met two very difficult opponents with FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund and ended up in a disappointing third place.
After all, they made it to the finals in the Europa League, where they ultimately lost to Seville. But of course, overwintering in the Champions League is the Italians’ great goal – an undertaking that they have not been able to achieve since the 2011/12 season. The Milanese were not in the second round of the premier class for that long, they failed twice in a row in the group phase, in the third attempt it should finally work with the progress in the knockout round.
An opening win against the guests from West Germany would of course help enormously. Let’s look at Inter Milan vs. Gladbach on the betting odds of the best betting providers, it quickly becomes clear that the favorite role lies with the black and blue.
Antonio Conte’s team suffered only two home bankruptcies in the previous Serie A season, but the dress rehearsal in their own stadium went wrong on Saturday when they beat AC Milan 2-1 in the Milan derby.
The personal situation could also be better at Inter, with coach Conte in Milan Skriniar, Ashley Young and Roberto Gagliardini not having three regular players available. Skriniar’s failure is particularly painful, in his absence the trained full-backs Aleksander Kolarov and Danilo D’Ambrosio moved into the three-man chain in the derby – with moderate success.
So far, Borussia Mönchengladbach has not really run smoothly in the league either. The foals had a stuttering start in the Bundesliga and could only win one of their four games. At the weekend, they too left disappointed, in the 1-1 draw against VfL Wolfsburg, coach Marco Rose and Co. had certainly expected more.
But the view is directed forward, as Rose made clear in kicker – although the Gladbachers are the outsiders in a group with Real Madrid, Inter and Shakhtar Donetsk: “We play to progress. Any other objective would contradict our character, ”said Rose briskly.
The eleven from the Lower Rhine drive to Giuseppe Meazza with the clear objective of taking something countable from the first CL appearance in four years. But given the quality of the opponent, Rose is aware of how difficult the endeavor will be. “Inter has a very good structure against the ball, defends actively and presses very flexibly,” the Gladbach coach praised the Nerazzuri.
It wouldn’t surprise us if the game ended with a point split, after all, Inter had a hard time at home in the last CL season: there was only one draw at home against outsider Slavia Prague. On matchday 6 – when Inter had progress in their own hands – they even lost 2-1 to Barcelona, who were already qualified and playing with a B troop.