German Cup final: Bayern Munich v Stuttgart preview
Bayern Munich go in search of a historic treble in Berlin as they look to end the season with one final highlight.
Last Updated: 31/05/13 2:04pm
Having clinched the Bundesliga in more emphatic fashion than anybody before them, breaking record after record on their way, Bayern lifted the Champions League for the first time in over a decade with victory over Borussia Dortmund last weekend.
They can now achieve what no other German club has ever managed and win three major trophies in one season by beating Stuttgart in the final of the DFB-Pokal.
Added to the Supercup they won prior to the season, it would be a fourth piece of silverware to fill a trophy cabinet which had remained empty for three years previous.
"We know that we can write history," said striker Mario Mandzukic.
"That is precisely what I want and what my team-mates want.
"I'm ready, I'm fit and I'm motivated to give everything, really everything once again tomorrow.
"I'm only just slowly starting to realise what we have already achieved."
Victory in the German capital would certainly put the cherry on top of a season of unprecedented success.
Yet despite Bayern putting eight goals past Stuttgart in two Bundesliga victories this season, Mandzukic knows his side do not merely need to turn up to take the trophy home with them.
"In a single game, anything can happen," he said on his club's website.
"But we are self-confident and we have got to play the way we played the first half in London.
"Then we can experience a mega party in Munich on Sunday."
Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia is hoping the only party taking place this weekend will be in neighbouring Baden-Wurttemberg with a positive conclusion to his side's otherwise rather disappointing season.
Although they made it all the way through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, Stuttgart finished only 12th in the Bundesliga and were at risk of relegation at times.
"We are so hungry to win this cup," he told NDR television.
Speaking to the Suddeutsche Zeitung, Labbadia, who was a losing finalist with Bayer Leverkusen in 2009, hopes tomorrow everything will fall into place for his side.
"Bayern are currently the strongest side in Europe, if not the world, and to beat them would be extraordinary," he said.
"Yet there are always days on which the team wins who may not have the same quality as their opponents.
"We're hoping tomorrow will be one of those days. We need it to be an absolutely perfect day."
Stuttgart have been without a competitive game since the Bundesliga season ended a fortnight ago, and the time has enabled Cacau to move into contention for what would be his first appearance in 240 days since picking up a serious knee injury.
Bayern, meanwhile, will be without Brazilian duo Dante and Luiz Gustavo, who have both been summoned to their national team in preparation for the Confederations Cup.
Daniel van Buyten should deputise at the heart of the defence in what may well be the only change to the side which defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley a week ago.