Berlin - In-form Borussia Moenchengladbach are hoping to
become only the second team this season to take German league points off Bayern
Munich when the sides meet on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola's Bayern are running away with the Bundesliga
title after taking 40 from a maximum 42 points with 13 wins from 14 matches
this season and only a goalless draw at Eintracht Frankfurt in October blots
Gladbach are unbeaten in their last nine league games under
head coach Andre Schubert and worked hard to protect their record by fighting
back from 3-1 down at bottom side Hoffenheim last Saturday to claim a 3-3 draw.
"We are unbeaten in nine games, our run should have
caught Bayern's attention," said USA international Fabian Johnson, who
scored twice against Hoffenheim.
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Gladbach's stars are relishing the prospect of testing
themselves against Germany's top team at Borussia Park with their side fourth in
the table while Bayern are already eight points clear with less then half of
the season gone.
"Bayern are obviously a big team, but so are Juventus
and Manchester City and they are teams we could have beaten in the Champions
League," said Gladbach's captain Granit Xhaka.
"If we play better at the back than we did in
Hoffenheim, then we definitely have a chance."
A factor which may count against Gladbach is that when
Bayern feel under pressure, as they have done at home to Dortmund, Wolfsburg
and Arsenal this season, on each occasion they handed out a 5-1 pounding.
"Never give up -- that is our mentality. When the game
starts, it will be 0-0 against Bayern and we have become a force," said
Gladbach striker Josip Drmic.
Schubert says his side has nothing to fear from taking on
all-conquering Bayern, who have lost just once this season when Arsenal beat
them 2-0 in London in the Champions League.
"Of course, we will try and find the right solutions
against Bayern," said Gladbach's head coach.
"We have the necessary fitness, the huge desire and the
heart. It will be exciting to see if we can surprise them."For
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