Borussia Mönchengladbach head coach Andre Schubert admits he fears his players will be physically exhausted by the time Celtic visit in next week’s crucial Champions League clash.
Tuesday night’s DFB Cup match at home to Stuttgart is the start of a demanding run of four matches in eleven days for Schubert’s team.
The German outfit return to Bundesliga action at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday, host Celtic in a key Group C clash a week today and make the trip to Hertha Berlin on November 4.
After deservedly winning 2-0 at Parkhead last Wednesday, victory in the return leg would effectively consign Brendan Rodgers’ side to bottom place in the group but Schubert admits his players are running on empty.
He said: “The load has been high since the start of the season and the players are at their limit, especially the national players, who have a quadruple load.
“Teams such as Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund are a little more accustomed to it but, nevertheless, you can see that all the teams in the Champions League have some problems in the Bundesliga.
“We now have four games in eleven days. This is extreme.
“The end of the stress limit is reached for me but we do not want to whine. We are delighted to be able to play in the DFB Cup and in the Champions League.”