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  20/12/2012: Europa League Draw: Lazio to face Borussia Mönchengladbach
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Lazio will face Borussia Mönchengladbach in the last 32 of the Europa League. The German side will provide a stern test for the capital club having come very close to making the Champions League this season.

Nevertheless, Lazio will have reason to be buoyed by the draw. Mömchengladbach sold a number of key players since their success including arguably Germany's biggest talent in Marco Reus and they have been inconsistent in the league, sitting currently in 8th place.

However, there will also be cause for concern. They are only one point off fifth, four points off a Champions League spot and they qualified comfortably from their group, being a close runner-up to Fenerbahce.

The game will also throw up a number of interesting duels. It will be a battled between two talented Swiss coaches in Vladimir Petkovic and Lucien Favre. Both sides boast talented playmakers - Lazio have Hernanes and Borussia have the dangerous Juan Arango.

Also of interest is Granit Xhaka who signed for Borussia in the summer despite being linked to Lazio and the midfielder has recently admitted he is on good terms with Petkovic and Igli Tare and would be open to a transfer to Rome.

Should Lazio progress, they will meet Belgian side Genk or German opposition again in the form of VfB Stuttgart.
Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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