Bundesliga bottom side Borussia Monchengladbach can still avoid relegation by winning three of their last four league games, insists coach Lucien Favre.
The five-time German champions - whose last league title was in 1977 - edged closer to the drop last night with a 1-0 defeat at Mainz, thanks to a late goal from Andre Schurrle after Gladbach striker Mike Hanke was sent off in the second half.
"We can still avoid the descent into the second division, we must win three of our last four games," said Favre, who took charge in mid-February with his side bottom of the table - where they have been since 20 November.
They are four points from safety with seven points separating the league's bottom five teams.
But Gladbach - European Cup finalists in 1977 and two-time UEFA Cup winners - have their work cut out in their bid to avoid the drop.
They face league leaders Borussia Dortmund next Saturday before matches against Hannover, Freiburg and Hamburg, all of whom are in the top eight.