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Borussia Moenchengladbach is hoping for 1st Champions League win against group leader Juventus


FRANKFURT, Germany — Borussia Moenchengladbach has known nothing but victories in domestic competitions ever since Andre Schubert became caretaker coach following the resignation of Lucien Favre. If only some of that form could rub off in the Champions League.

Favre quit after five straight defeats in the Bundesliga and his job went to the largely unknown Schubert, who was a youth coach at the club.

Now, the shaven head of the coach wearing a bright green sweat jacket has become a familiar feature as his winning run keeps extending. Under Schubert, 'Glabach has won a club record six straight in the league and also has one win the German Cup.

Players are beginning to campaign for Schubert to get the job on a permanent basis, although the club is officially still looking for a new long-term coach.

In the Champions League, Moenchengladbach has been less successful, with the only point coming from a 0-0 draw at Juventus two weeks ago. The German side feels this Tuesday's home match against last season's runner-up could be a chance to secure its first group win.

"We are playing well, we are defending well and we are scoring at the right time," forward Lars Stindl said.

Juventus, which leads Group D with seven points, is unbeaten in its last five away games in the competition.

In the other match, Sevilla hosts Manchester City, which is second with six points. Sevilla has three.

Here are some things to know about Tuesday's matches:


There was a time when Jesus Navas appeared a likely bet to finish out his career playing for his boyhood club.

For years the then Sevilla winger reportedly suffered anxiety when he was away from his home and family for long stretches.

But after nearly 400 appearances in 10 years, during which he won two Copa del Rey titles and two UEFA Cups, Navas finally broke away and made the big move to Manchester in 2013 to play for Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini, a longtime regular in la Liga.

Navas now makes his return to the southern Spanish city many thought he would never leave.

Tickets for the match sold out two weeks ago, so a warm welcome is expected for Navas.

PHOTO: Moenchengladbach's team celebrates winning the German soccer cup second round match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Moenchengladbach  in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Schalke was defeated by Moenchengladbach with 0-2. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Moenchengladbach's team celebrates winning the German soccer cup second round match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Moenchengladbach in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Schalke was defeated by Moenchengladbach with 0-2. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)


Fernando Llorente hasn't had the quickest of adaptations to his new club.

The former Athletic Bilbao star joined Sevilla from Juventus at the start of this season, and so far he has been slowed by injuries and has yet to play in the Champions League.

The towering striker scored just his second goal in seven appearances for Sevilla in a 2-1 defeat to Villarreal in the Spanish league on Saturday.

But a left-leg injury to striker Kevin Gameiro has ruled him out of the City match, meaning Llorente will surely be the man up front.


After a difficult start to Serie A, Juventus is hoping Saturday's last-gasp 2-1 win over Torino in a derby marks a turning point.

Having had to weather the departures of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez, four-time defending champion Juventus has won only four of 11 domestic matches.

One of those wins came courtesy of Juan Cuadrado's stoppage-time winner against Torino.

Juventus beat Manchester City and Sevilla to open its Champions League campaign but then last season's runner-up was held 0-0 at home by 'Gladbach two weeks ago.

"This season is different from the last few years," veteran midfielder Claudio Marchisio said. "The new players need to understand that you've got to give a lot for this shirt. Victories don't come by chance.

"After four titles it's never easy to win again but this squad was built to aim for the top in the league and in Europe it has to show something extra," added Marchisio, who missed the start of the season due to injury. "We know what we've got to do."

Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira is doubtful after exiting the derby with an apparent muscle problem.


Expect further signs of disapproval toward UEFA from Manchester City fans at Sevilla. City is facing UEFA sanctions after its fans booed the Champions League anthem before the home game against the Spanish club last month.

"There is nothing holy about the Champions League anthem," City captain Vincent Kompany said. "UEFA can do what they want to do, but in the end if people feel it's the right thing to do, they have the right to do it. How else can they show their frustration and somehow have a voice that matters?"

There was already ill feeling at City toward UEFA over Financial Fair Play sanctions. The sense of grievance intensified after UEFA ordered City's match at CSKA Moscow to be played behind closed doors last season over racism by fans of the Russian club, but it also punished the visiting supporters who had already booked travel.

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