Vedad Ibisevic (top) has netted 43 per cent of Stuttgart's goals this season
Vedad Ibisevic (top) has netted 43 per cent of Stuttgart's goals this season
Bundesliga

Via the cup onto the continent?

Munich - The chances of VfB Stuttgart qualifying for Europe via their league position this season are decidedly slim, making the DFB Cup their most likely route into the UEFA Europa League.

Even a place in the final could be enough to secure the Swabians a place on the continent, provided FC Bayern Munich are their opponents in Berlin on 1 June, as by then the record champions should have marched to a 23rd national title. But all talk of Europe aside, Bruno Labbadia and his charges are likely to be left ruing a sobering campaign unless they can pull off one of the late-season resurgences they've become famous for in recent seasons.