Our match prediction:
Borussia Monchengladbach have opened the new season in style, having notched four consecutive wins, including an impressive 9-2 aggregate win over Young Boys in UEFA Champions League playoff. However, with only two wins in their last five matches in all competitions it is fair to say that Bundesliga outfit have started to lose momentum. Having kicked off the European campaign with a 4-0 loss at Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach are in for another stern test against La Liga champions and we are prone to predict they will suffer another blow in this extremely difficult group. Barcelona’s rampant form continued this weekend with a 5-0 battering of Gijon and Luis Enrique’s men are keen to continue their free-scoring form as they travel to Germany. Seven-goal glut against Celtic will have been enough of a motivation to continue the trend, which might be a bit difficult to achieve without Leo Messi, but Barcelona have plenty of firepower to compensate for the loss of their Argentine wizard.
Highligted Player (Yann Sommer):
After making 133 league appearances for Basel between 2007 and 2014, Yann Sommer joined Borussia Monchengladbach on March, 2014. The Swiss goalkeeper signed a five-year deal with the Bundesliga outfit and he was signed to replace Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who joined Barcelona. Sommer made 34 appearances for Borussia M’gladbach in the 2014/2015 season and it has to be noted that he managed to keep 15 clean sheets. As a result, die Fohlen finished the season in third place in the standings. The Swiss shoot-stopper, though, was not as successful in the 2015/2016 season, keeping just 5 clean sheets, while conceding 50 goals in the process. Sommer made his Switzerland debut on 30 May, 2012 in a 1-0 loss to Romania and he represented the Rossocrociati at both 2014 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2016. The shoot-stopper made 8 appearances for Switzerland on the road to Euro 2016 and he conceded eight goals in the process. Sommer played four games for the Rossocrociati at the tournament in France, conceding two goals, while keeping two clean sheets.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona are a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning “El Pichichi” award. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past. The likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola are some of many players that played for Barca in the past, but, no doubt, Leo Messi has established himself as the club’s trademark. Barcelona welcome their rivals at Camp Nou, the stadium that was built in 1957. Barcelona’s local rivals are Espanyol, but the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid is much bigger. The two La Liga giants face each other in “El Clasico”, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Barca are famous for their football youth school La Masia as well.