Mönchengladbach gained the confidence after five consecutive games without defeat and the 2-2 win at Milan. The team initially lost the victory after taking over, came back in Milan after falling behind and turned the Bundesliga game at FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday to a 3-2 victory after falling behind. . “That shows the character of the team, that we believe in ourselves and don’t give up even after falling behind,” said Hofmann, who has shown himself at the top recently and has scored one goal in each of the last three games.
However, coach Marco Rose’s team expects a completely different level on Tuesday at Borussia-Park, where no spectators are allowed on Monday at the direction of the Düsseldorf district government. His team met with “a world-class club with great charisma,” Rose said. “But we want to play the group in such a way that we have our chances. Real also make mistakes on one day or another, we have to motivate and capitalize on that,” said the coach.
National player Matthias Ginter is also hoping for the big opportunity. “If we get to the game well, things can develop. Real should probably not have the best day for that.”
The prospect of a minor crisis in Real was shattered at the weekend. After the bankruptcy against Shakhtar Donetsk (2: 3) in the Champions League and against FC Cadiz (0: 1) in the championship, Real won the Clasico at FC Barcelona 3: 1 on Saturday and managed to capture second site in advance of Primera Division.
Coach Gladbach will rotate back after the win in Mainz and rely on his regular players like Hofmann, Florian Neuhaus, Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea. For the first time since their injuries, Laszlo Benes and newcomer Valentino Lazaro as well as 18-year-old Rocco Reitz, who made his Bundesliga debut at Mainz on Saturday, are back in the Bundesliga team.