Lainer calls for Gladbach unity
Austria international defender Stefan Lainer says Borussia Monchengladbach have to "stick at it" as they look to arrest an alarming slump in form.
Monchengladbach suffered their fourth straight defeat across all competitions on Tuesday evening as they were knocked out of the DFB-Pokal at the quarter-final stage, losing 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund.
We now have to show that we stick together as a team.Stefan Lainer
England forward Jadon Sancho scored the only goal of the game in the 60th minute to send BVB, who had Mahmoud Dahoud sent off in the closing stages, into the last four of the competition.
Die Fohlen are on a six-game winless run, a huge dip in form given the fact they were unbeaten in eight before this barren spell, and they have slipped down to ninth in the Bundesliga.
Marco Rose's side are nine points adrift of fourth-place Eintracht Frankfurt and it looks unlikely they will be able to do enough to finish in the Champions League positions.
Reacting to the latest disappointment, Lainer said it is always difficult to pinpoint what is exactly going wrong but he has urged the squad to stay together during this poor run.
"It's always hard to say why you go through phases like this. We are trying basically everything, you could see that against Dortmund," he told the club's official website.
"Right now we are just in a bit of a sticky patch, but we have to stick at it. We now have to show that we stick together as a team.
"We are looking ahead despite the defeat. Talking won't solve the issue, but on Saturday we have another important Bundesliga game against Bayer Leverkusen."
Gladbach welcome Leverkusen to Borussia-Park on Saturday and the hosts are 2.40 to claim a much-needed three points, while a draw is priced at 3.60 and the visitors are available at 2.75.
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