Borussia began their journey to Austria this Wednesday lunchtime. The Foals are set to take on Wolfsberger AC in their fifth Europa League group-phase match in Graz on Thursday evening (18:55 CET).
There are just two more group games left for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the UEFA Europa League group stage. The first one takes place on Thursday evening at the Merkur Arena in Graz against Wolfsberger AC and the Foals have begun their journey to Austria full of confidence for the crucial match: “We need to be at full throttle against Wolfsberg – everyone is aware of that. We absolutely have to banish the memories of the 4-0 defeat in the first meeting. I’m confident that we will put in a very different performance in Graz. We want to take all three points back to Mönchengladbach,” said Jonas Hofmann shortly before take-off at Düsseldorf airport. László Bénes was also feeling positive: “We’re optimistic about the match. We’re determined to show that we are the better team.”
Flight EW 5202 departed for Austria from Düsseldorf at 12:00 CET with the Borussia players, staff and directors on board, as well as some family members, 47 sponsors and six media representatives. Marco Rose has named a 21-man travelling party, with three goalkeepers and 18 outfield players. The squad includes Tony Jantschke, who had recently been out with a thigh strain.
Ginter, Elvedi and Kramer unavailable
There will be no Matthias Ginter or Nico Elvedi for the meeting with the Austrian Bundesliga’s third-placed side, however. Ginter is out with a muscle problem, while Elvedi is sidelined after receiving stitches to a wound he suffered in the away game against Union Berlin. Injuries also keep Andreas Poulsen (ankle) and Torben Müsel (knee) out of contention. Christoph Kramer hasn’t made the journey to Graz either, as the midfielder picked up his third yellow card of the competition celebrating the late winner against Roma and so is suspended for the meeting with Wolfsberger AC.
Press conference and final training on Wednesday
After touching down in Graz, the Foals will first head to the team hotel. Borussia’s official pre-match press conference will take place at 17:15 CET, before the Foals undergo final training at the Merkur Arena from 18:00 CET. The match against Wolfsberg kicks off a little over 24 hours later.
Gladbach currently sit second in Group J with five points going into matchday 5, two points behind group leaders Basaksehir. AS Roma are third also on five points – trailing Borussia because of the sides’ head-to-head record – with WAC bottom on four points. “A win against Wolfsberg would put us in a very good position going into the final group game against Basaksehir,” said Hofmann. “Wolfsberg will be very physical and all of us will be marked tightly. We need to put up a fight and come up with some ideas to beat them.”