Schalke 0 - 1 Borussia Monchengladbach

Match info: Bundesliga at Veltins Arena

Date: 27/04/2014 KO: 16:30 Ref: M Grafe Att: 61,973

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  • Last Updated: April 26 2014, 12:19 BST

Schalke will on Sunday try to secure their place in the Champions League next season at the expense of a Borussia Monchengladbach side who know this will be their last chance to stake a claim of their own for a place in Europe's elite club competition.

Jens Keller: Hopes to seal a Champions League spot
Jens Keller: Hopes to seal a Champions League spot

The Royal Blues lead fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen by four points going into the weekend's matches with Gladbach nine points in their wake.

Wolfsburg are also still within reach of Jens Keller's men, which is why they still need points to hold off the challenge and secure a top-three finish with two games of the season to spare.

"We're close to the finishing line, and with our fans behind us, we want to take the next step towards the Champions League," said Keller at a press conference.

"As long as we get out points, then our rivals can do whatever they like."

Indeed, Schalke still have their Champions League destiny firmly in their own hands, but Gladbach are reliant on both Wolfsburg and Leverkusen dropping points between now and the end of the season if they are to snatch a place in the top four.

Failure to make it would not be a tragedy, however, with their director of sport Max Eberl claiming the expectations have grown too much.

"For the third season in a row, we're vying for a place in Europe and that's fantastic," he said.

"The demands and expectations really have grown because our fantastic first half of the season, which I like to view as the first half of a match, really aroused these expectations, but it's not that they are then automatically satisfied.

"We have the quality to be competing for the position we are currently in.

"Of course we would love to get the best possible, preferably the Champions League and the title, but that's just dreaming."

A win on Sunday would at least secure the Foals a place in the Europa League.

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