Stuttgart sporting director Fredi Bobic says his side will use Wigan’s FA Cup win as motivation ahead of Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final.
Stuttgart are rank underdogs against Bavarian giants Bayern Munich, who on Saturday added the UEFA Champions League title to their Bundesliga success this season.
Bayern finished 48 points ahead of the 12th-placed Stuttgart in the Bundesliga and won both league fixtures against them 8-1 on aggregate during the recently completed campaign.
But Bobic is still hopeful his side can cause an upset in Berlin, and says Wigan’s shock FA Cup success against Manchester City at Wembley can be used as inspiration.
“Clearly, we have a chance,” Bobic said.
“In England, did you think that Wigan Athletic would go on to the (FA Cup) final and win against Manchester City? Sure they considered who will play and such, nevertheless, they toppled the big favourites.”
Bobic, who made over 100 appearances for Stuttgart as a player, says the one-off nature of the fixture gives Stuttgart every chance and he hopes that his side can make the most of the rare occasion to play in a final against a Bayern side who have won the tournament on 15 occasions.
“It’s a one-off game with many unpredictable moments,” he said.
“Moreover, the trend of matches in the German Cup final shows that it certainly does not follow of how it should look on paper.
“Many think that we have certainly no chance of winning and are nothing more than Bayern’s next victim, but there’ve been worse (situations than this).
“It’s not normal for us to be in the final and therefore we look forward to the chance and will look to overthrow Bayern.”