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Borussia Monchengladbach v Schalke 04: Preview

Schalke travel to Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow night with the clear aim of moving one step closer to a place in the Champions League next season.

The Royal Blues have a three-point cushion over fourth-place Eintracht Frankfurt with three games of the season remaining, while their advantage over Gladbach is five points.

Victory would therefore eliminate one of their challengers for a place in the Champions League and, after an emphatic 4-1 win over Hamburg last weekend, that is precisely what they are aiming to do at the Borussia Park Stadion.

``We are heading there to win - that has got to be our aim,'' said coach Jens Keller.

``We can play there with self-confidence.''

Gladbach will also be confident while their director of sport Max Eberl says there is no pressure on his side either.

``We can be optimistic that we will reach the aim we set before the start of the season, which was a top nine finish,'' he said.

``Then we will have to see what we actually get out of the season.''

Meanwhile, Gladbach coach Lucien Favre has told his players to take a leaf out of Bayern Munich's book.

``We've got to play the way they did in Barcelona,'' he said. ``They always had 10 men behind the ball and were quick to get back.''

Havard Nordveit will not be able to help the Foals tomorrow night due to a virus, but Martin Stranzl is fit again after missing three matches and he is therefore an option.

Keller also has more options for his team with Jefferson Farfan back from a muscular injury.

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