Borussia Dortmund are favourites for Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final but Eintracht Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac has pledged his side will “throw everything” at their opponents in a bid to claim the cup.
Kovac’s males are clear underdogs for the Berlin showpiece, with Dortmund possessing featured inside the final in each of the last three seasons, despite the fact that they lost on all of these occasions.
The boss accepts the odds are going to be against his side in the Olympiastadion but insisted Eintracht won’t be overawed by playing inside the final.
“Dortmund are far better than us at football,” Kovac told reporters on Tuesday. “But we also have other virtues. We will not make it simple for them and will throw all the things at them.
“On paper we’re outsiders. But in a game every thing is doable. We’re going to Berlin with self-confidence.
“Training just before the game will be the same as often. It will not make any distinction. The entire club will accompany us to Berlin. All injured players will come along.”
Though Kovac represented Croatia as a player, he was born in Berlin as well as the 45-year-old is excited to return to his hometown for the showpiece.
“I am delighted to come back and meet quite a few friends at the same time as my household,” Kovac added. “This makes this game a bit much more particular for me.
“This is a thing special for everyone, not just for the players, but for the whole club and also the fans.
“I find it really complicated not to consider regarding the final. Who knows if we are going to ever once again take part in a cup final.
“Dortmund genuinely have only strengths and no weaknesses. We’ve got to focus on ourselves.”
Kovac expects Jesus Vallejo and captain Alex Meier to each be readily available for the final and he is hopeful over the fitness of Slobodan Medojevic and Andersson Ordonez.