TSG Hoffenheim v TSV Eintracht Braunschweig: Preview
Eintracht Braunschweig coach Torsten Lieberknecht believes the whole of Europe will be backing his side on Saturday, except for people in Hamburg and Nuremberg.
After propping up the Bundesliga from practically day one, Braunschweig have the opportunity to move away from the foot of the table - above Hamburg and Nurnberg - and into the relegation play-off berth with a win at Hoffenheim, and Lieberknecht feels there is plenty of support growing for his underdogs.
``I think it's like that, apart from two cities,'' he told Sport Bild magazine. ``That's just the way things are when you're the so-called underdogs - many people like you and root for you.
``We're going to try something which seemed impossible.''
At a press conference on Thursday, Lieberknecht vowed that his side would do all they could to ensure the estimated 6,000 fans following them to Hoffenheim and the neutrals all over Germany would have plenty to smile about come full-time.
``We're going to put all of our hearts and passion into it,'' said Lieberknecht, who has been preparing his side for this game without preserving any energy in view of a potential two-game play-off against the side who finish third in the 2. Bundesliga.
``We just need to ensure we are fit for this Saturday, so that we can call on all of the strength we have got for this game.''
Hoffenheim have nothing but pride to play for in this final game of the season, although Kevin Volland has a little more motivation after being named as part of a 30-man Germany squad for the World Cup.
That squad will be trimmed to 23 by coach Joachim Low by the end of May, meaning this is the last chance Volland has to impress him before Low actually sees him first hand in training.
``The chance is there for him to take,'' said Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol. ``All eyes are now on him and that's great.
``We're delighted that he's involved and now has the chance to show what he's capable of.''