Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre has lowered the expectations ahead of tomorrow's clash with Nurnberg at the Borussia Park Stadion, saying that last season's success was only a one-off.
The Foals qualified for a Champions League qualifier by coming fourth in May and they take their bow in the Europa League next Thursday, but the Swiss coach has told his club's fans to enjoy it while it lasts.
Having lost Marco Reus, Roman Neustadter and Dante during the summer, he claims it is unrealistic to expect a repeat performance in 2012/13, even if they have started the season, like their opponents, with a win and a draw.
``I can say right now with certainty that we will not be able to play such an amazing season like the last one,'' he told ran.de.
``It is going to be very, very dangerous for us.
``Back then, we were able to carry the self-confidence from avoiding what seemed to be certain relegation into the new season with us.
``But this time, our backbone has gone with Reus, Neustadter and Dante, and it is impossible to replace all three of them.''
He has done a good job so far in terms of results, but his new signings Granit Xhaka and Luuk de Jong, who has yet to open his account for the club in over 400 minutes of action, have yet to set the city on fire.
``I can see each day in training that they need time to settle in,'' added Favre.
``They come from Switzerland and Holland and those leagues have a different standard.''
The standard Nurnberg have set in their first two games of the season is one their coach Dieter Hecking is keen on maintaining to try and ensure another season free of relegation fears.
``We want to confirm our good performances,'' he said.
Hecking is still without the injured Mike Frantz, but all of his players who were on international duty have returned without any problems.