Labbadia claims Stuttgart won't be distracted

Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia insists his side are committed to Sunday's Bundesliga clash with Borussia Monchengladbach.

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This, even if their season rides on Wednesday's DFB-Pokal semi-final clash with Freiburg.

With little to play for now in the Bundesliga, except for securing mathematical survival, Stuttgart know how important victory over Freiburg will be in midweek.

Should Bayern Munich get the better of Wolfsburg in Tuesday night's other semi-final tie, the winner on Wednesday would be assured of a place in the Europa League just by reaching the final of the competition.

Stuttgart therefore know how important their midweek encounter at the Mercedes-Benz Arena will be, but before that, they want to get the home fans into the mood with a win over Gladbach.

"Our focus is on tomorrow's [Sunday] game first of all," said Labbadia. "We always try to set things up so the focus is always on our next game, and at least internally we are talking a lot about Gladbach.

"Then after the game, we will ensure that we focus on that (Freiburg game).

"We have got to get the fans charged up and we are looking forward to the best possible support."

Eight points currently separate the two sides in the table with Gladbach's own European qualification hopes hinging on their Bundesliga form.

In preparation for a second successive season of European football, the Foals have already been busy strengthening their squad by announcing the signing of Max Kruse from Freiburg earlier this week.

"That's a really good deal," said coach Lucien Favre. "Kruse not only scores goals, but he runs a lot and combines well with his team mates, and he's not afraid to shoot.

"He's always present in the game for the entire 90 minutes."

Kruse will join the Foals in the summer and cannot help them tomorrow, but Favre hopes Juan Arango will be able to rediscover his form for the last six games of the season.

"He has not been so present in the second half of the season, but we must not forget that he achieved a lot for us during a difficult phase when things were not going well for us.

"He has scored some important goals, without which we would not be where we are now."

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