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Underdogs Gladbach are hailed as top table material

By Staff Reporter

Coach Andre Schubert believes Borussia Monchengladbach have proved they belong at Champions League level - but accepts Europa League qualification may now be their aim.

The Borussia coach acknowledges his side have their work cut out to progress in the elite competition as they prepare to host Manchester City in their penultimate Group C game tonight.

The Germans need to beat City at Borussia Park to retain realistic hope of progressing - and even then would be reliant on other results - but a draw would ensure a tilt at the Europa League.

Schubert, whose side were beaten 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium in September, said: "We're not going to try and pull something extraordinary out of the hat. It's about looking to contain Man City as best we can. We're focusing on our strengths and how we can seize our opportunity.

"We are playing against one of the best teams, with the potential to get to the semi-finals or the final of the Champions League. We're huge underdogs going into this game, we're aware of that.

"However, I remember people saying after last season's 3-0 defeat to Sevilla that Borussia Monchengladbach didn't belong anywhere near the Champions League. Now I think people see us at a similar level to them."

Borussia have endured a difficult start to the season and are 14th in the Bundesliga, while they have won just one from four in a Champions League group that also includes Barcelona and Celtic.

City by contrast have produced some superb performances under new manager Pep Guardiola and were particularly impressive when they beat Barca in their last Champions League outing.

"That result in Manchester was not so surprising for me," said Schubert, whose team beat a Bayern Munich side then managed by Guardiola last December.

"They are both among the best teams in Europe.

"Pep Guardiola has put his stamp on Manchester City already.

"Of course you need great individual quality to play in his system but City have that in abundance," he added.

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