MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 21: Dieter Hecking, Manager of Borussia Monchengladbach looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Borussia-Park on October 21, 2018 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Borussia Monchengladbach boss Dieter Hecking says that they are “well-prepared and ready” for whatever his Bayer Leverkusen counterpart Peter Bosz has in store for them

Gladbach were one of the surprise packages from the first-half of the Bundesliga season and sit third in the standings, which marks quite the turn around from last term’s ninth-place finish.

But Hecking’s side look set to tested right from the outset for the opening game of the second-half of the league campaign in Saturday’s trip to Leverkusen.

Following a difficult start, Die Werkself replaced head coach Heiko Herrlich with former Borussia Dortmund and Ajax boss Peter Bosz.

The Dutchman has a reputation back in his homeland for being a proactive coach who employs a daring style of football at his teams.

“I think everyone knows how Peter Bosz likes to play football,” said Hecking on the club website.

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“You can already see some parallels from his time at Dortmund. This style of play isn’t new for him, but it is for that team.

“They had a quality squad before he arrived, so perhaps they will better with this new style. We are well-prepared and ready for what is coming.”

On how he intends to deploy his side at Leverkusen, Hecking added: “We know that we will get chances in Leverkusen, but also know that we will have to be disciplined and find ways to nullify their pace.

“We need to give them problems to deal with too of course. During our analysis, we have seen parts of their game which we will target.

“It’s an exciting first game, as two sides who like to play football are coming up against each other.”

The match between Leverkusen and Gladbach on Saturday will take place at the BayArena with kick-off set for 15:30 (CET).