Gladbach must not relax, says Max Eberl

The club's sporting director says there is collective dismay following the defeat to Nurnberg in the Bundesliga, but hopes they can recover their form in Europe
Borussia Monchengladbach's Max Eberl has warned against any potential complacency heading into their opening Europa League group fixture against minnows AEL Limassol.

Following an unexpected 3-2 Bundesliga home defeat to FC Nurnberg, the German side will be hoping to hit the ground running in their European campaign, something that Eberl has reinforced.

"The Europa League is a different competition than the Bundesliga, so it is a very different game," he explained, speaking to the club's official website.

"Of course we have to forget the errors against Nurnberg. In Cyprus, it will be relatively hot, not only because of the temperatures, but also because of the fans."

Despite the Cypriot team being dubbed as the weakest side in Gladbach's group, Eberl spoke cautiously of their opponents.

"The team will have to prove itself again. We are not so presumptuous as to say that we are the big favourites.

"Of course, the Bundesliga is an important place in Europe and we have a good team, but Limassol have beaten Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League qualifiers and then failed narrowly at Anderlecht.

"No one must believe that they can be relaxed even one per cent. We basically want to win every game, no matter who the opponent. A victory in Cyprus would be, of course, a very good starting point for us in front of the two home games in the Europa League." he reasoned.

Gladbach face Limassol in Cyprus on Thursday, as they aim to start the Europa League with three points.