FC Barcelona will be looking to extend their winning run tomorrow, when they travel to Germany to take on Borussia Monchengladbach at Borussia-Park. After an opening matchday victory over Celtic FC, the Blaugrana currently top the standings in Group C and Luis Enrique will be keen to ensure his team remain top after tomorrow’s match as well, particularly with two consecutive showdowns with Pep Guardiola and Manchester City on the horizon.
While Gladbach do not possess the same threat of a Bayern Munich or a Borussia Dortmund, they are still a very strong team who boast an incredible home record; with a 2-0 win over Ingolstadt on Saturday, Andre Schubert’s side recorded their tenth consecutive home win and it will take a monumental effort from the visitors to end that streak tomorrow. Without the services of Lionel Messi, Barça will need strong performances from all of their remaining key players – and particularly from their goalkeeper, former Monchengladbach star, Marc-André ter Stegen.
It is sure to be an emotional night for the German shot-stopper as he returns to the club that kick-started his career and entrusted him with his first starting role – a role he used to engineer his transfer to Barcelona. Ter Stegen has already spoke of his excitement about returning home, and applauding the fans that supported him throughout his tenure, but his focus remains on securing the three points for his team.
Just as he did in the successful 2014-15 UEFA Champions League campaign, ter Stegen started the group stage with a clean sheet as he saved a penalty in the previous fixture against Celtic – if anything, the German would probably prefer a quieter night tomorrow and let his colleagues steal the headlines with their performances at the other end of the pitch.
Will ter Stegen be celebrating at the end of the evening upon his return home, or will Borussia Monchengladbach spoil the party by extending their run of form?