VfB Stuttgart head coach Jurgen Kramny has called on his squad to give everything to get a result against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday to ease their relegation woes.
Kramny began his tenure at the club with a 4-1 loss to Dortmund in November last year, but then took Stuttgart on a run that saw them move away from the drop zone.
However, their form has dropped off again over the last couple of weeks, dragging them back down into the relegation mire, and the 44-year-old is hoping to reverse the result between the sides earlier this season to lift some pressure off of the squad.
"Dortmund were very dominant in their DFB-Pokal win over Hertha [Berlin] on Wednesday and deserved their win. They will be high on confidence having made it to the final," Kramny said.
"But we need points in the battle against relegation. We have to cause our opponents problems if we are to get a good result, so that is what we will try to do. We have a few ideas on how to achieve this.
"We were in a difficult position when I took charge back in November and managed to get out of it. We now have to do the same again. We are optimistic heading into the final games and I am confident we can get enough points.
"We must fight hard, give our all and stick together."
Stuttgart are currently on a run of five straight league games without a win, while Dortmund seem to have recently come out of their own slump, ending a three-match winless run with two consecutive 3-0 wins, and look in top form ahead of the match.