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We won't freeze in awe of Manchester City: Glabdach coach Schubert

Reuters , Tuesday 29 Sep 2015
Moenchengladbach' s head coach Andre Schubert talks to the media at a press conference prior to the Champions League group E soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Manchester City in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (Photo: AP)
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Borussia Moenchengladbach will not fear Manchester City when they host the big-spending English club in their first ever Champions League home game on Wednesday, interim Gladbach coach Andre Schubert said.

The former reserve team coach took over last week from Lucien Favre who resigned after a five-game losing start to the Bundesliga and has revived their fortunes with two league wins.

"Manchester City are very good and have outstanding players but it is not an overwhelming opponent," Schubert told reporters on Tuesday. "We won't freeze in awe but instead want to show what we've got on the pitch."

"What we need to do is run a lot to reduce the distance between the parts of our team, to keep them small."

Schubert said he did not want to speculate about which City player may miss the game with injured skipper Vincent Kompany, keeper Joe Hart and midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure all doubtful.

"It is not decisive for us who is injured at City because tomorrow, whoever plays for them will challenge us for everything we have," he said.

The 44-year-old Schubert has no European experience and precious little experience in the Bundesliga.

But he sounded upbeat as Gladbach try to get some points on the board after losing their Group D opener under Favre at Sevilla.

"The beautiful thing about football is that with a good plan and a united team you could beat an arguably stronger opponent and we want to try that on Wednesday," he said.

"After all I am still unbeaten against City," he joked, referring to a 1-1 draw between the two youth teams recently.

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