Stuttgart vs Freiburg Preview

Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia does not want to see his team start taking things easy following their Europa League qualification in midweek over Freiburg.

Arthur Boka, Stuttgart

A 2-1 victory in the semi-final of the DFB-Pokal has assured Stuttgart of a place in Europe next season since the other finalists, Bayern Munich, have already qualified for the Champions League.

In the Bundesliga, Stuttgart have little else to play for, but Labbadia wants his side to remain on their toes right up until the final on 1 June, and not feel they have already achieved their goal for the season.

"We want to carry on where we left off in the Frankfurt game and carry that forward right up to the final," he said.

"I hope the relaxed feeling we have now will remain a positive feeling on the field.

"It would obviously be great if we were also to win our third home game in the space of a week."

As well as aiming to win as many of their final five games as possible, Labbadia says they must "enjoy" the end of what has been a difficult season for the 2007 Bundesliga champions.

"Maybe reaching the final has relaxed the atmosphere a little," he added. "It's up to us to warm things up and entertain our fans.

"We have been able to give them some cheer lately and we want to carry that on."

Freiburg now want to give their fans some cheer and join Stuttgart in the Europa League via their Bundesliga placing.

Victory would cement their place inside the top five and even leave them in the hunt for a place in the Champions League next season.

And Freiburg's focus has now turned to the Bundesliga with their cup disappointment behind them.

"There is nothing we can put right or level up tomorrow," said Streich ahead of the next Baden-Wurttemberg derby.

"We are out of the cup and the result of our next game won't change that, even if we do win."

Freiburg are without the injured Sebastian Freis and Marco Terrazzino, but Johannes Flum is back in contention.



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