Gladbach target clean sheet

The absence of injured striker Miroslav Klose from Lazio's travelling party may give Borussia Monchengladbach a fillip in the Europa League, but the Germans know they can ill afford to relax on Wednesday night.

Last Updated: 13/02/13 at 16:00 Post Comment

Miroslav Klose: Misses the trip to Germany with Lazio

Miroslav Klose: Misses the trip to Germany with Lazio

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The former Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich man, who has scored 10 goals for Lazio this term, suffered serious ligament damage last month to leave the Biancocelesti without the focal point of their attack. Klose has also scored 67 goals for Germany.

Nevertheless, Monchengladbach vice-president Rainer Bonhof remains wary of a side that has gone unbeaten in eight European games this season and currently sits third in Serie A.

He told derwesten.de: "Before the game we read everywhere that Klose was Lazio's key player.

"We must not make the mistake of taking the game too lightly just because he is not here."

Keeping a clean sheet is a day-to-day concern for defender Alvaro Dominguez, who won this competition twice with Atletico Madrid before moving to Germany in the summer, and Klose's absence certainly aids his cause.

"Our goal is to not concede," he said. "We need to be aware of when we can take a risk because it is a game in which we need to take very few risks.

"In any case it would be good to finish the first leg leading 1-0 or maybe even just getting a goalless draw."

The Foals have scored at least two goals in their last five Europa League games but director of sport Max Eberl knows Lazio will bring a century-old tradition of miserly football to Borussia-Park.

He told the Westdeutsche Zeitung: "They are a team that thrives on its cohesiveness and compactness. They play in a very Italian style - both tactically and technically.

"Of course we are the outsiders. It's always difficult to play against Italian opponents but we will do our utmost to get a good result and lay the foundations to try and get to the next round."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ouri Tielemans is everything Jack Wilshere wants to be!

ross1119
F365's Top Ten Breakthrough Stars Of 2015/16

S

o is Jordan Ibe overqualified for this list or what? To be honest I was expecting to see his name, I thought he'd fit in perfectly. Maybe his name is too familiar? Because otherwise this list should be made for him. You could actually just insert his name & stats into the middle paragraph about Brandt and it would describe Ibe.

redkev
F365's Top Ten Breakthrough Stars Of 2015/16

T

hats not mind games, its just being an a**hole

nicos
Mourinho: No Arsenal excuses

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: Arsenal spending way to title contention

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Arsene Wenger is buying his way into Premier League title contention.

Jose Mourinho says Eden Hazard was better than Cristiano Ronaldo last season

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Eden Hazard performed better than Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo last season.

Sampdoria ask Liverpool for Mario Balotelli 'discount'

Sampdoria have admitted their interest in Italian striker Mario Balotelli, but have asked Liverpool to lower their £7.1m asking price.

Mail Box

The Calculator Is On Wenger's Side...

Over the last five years, Arsenal's net spent is about 55% of Chelsea's, so shush your mouth Jose. Plus, Van Gaal is attacked and defended in equal measure...

Only Arsenal Fans Care About Friendlies

We are not entirely surprised after Arsenal fans leapt to the defence of friendlies. We also have mails on Louis van Gaal, Liverpool and more mundane tales...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company