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Eintracht Braunschweig coach Torsten Lieberknecht insists his side are primed and ready for a relegation battle with Augsburg on Saturday.

Braunschweig continue to prop up the division, as they have done almost uninterruptedly since day one, yet with just a two-point deficit on Hamburg, who occupy the relegation play-off berth, they still have a chance of moving out of the basement when it matters the most.

``The play-off is our declared aim,'' said Lieberknecht. ``We will do all we can once again tomorrow to try to reach this objective.''

Defeat or even a draw could condemn Braunschweig to relegation with one game to go, however.

For that to be the case, Hamburg would have to beat Bayern Munich, while Nurnberg would need to pick up maximum points against Hannover.

Lieberknecht will not be paying particular attention to either of those games, though, saying: ``We need to play to win.

``I can sense that my lads are really motivated,'' he added at a press conference, suggesting that his side more than Hamburg and Nurnberg deserve to stay up.

``Compared to our rivals, we're playing a better second half to the season.

``We are showing a bigger heart and are coping amazingly well with setbacks. I can also feel that the people of Braunschweig really want to get behind us.

``This is our advantage compared to our rivals at the bottom. We can cope in a relegation battle.''

Augsburg have not yet given up hope of qualifying for Europe this season and are therefore intent on making life difficult for their hosts.

``If we can win, then we could still mathematically have the chance of climbing to seventh on the final day of the season,'' said their coach Markus Weinzierl.

``We are dependent on results elsewhere, though.''

Unlike Lieberknecht, Weinzierl will have no problems consulting with the electronic scoreboard at the Eintracht Stadion to see how Mainz and Monchengladbach are getting on.

Augsburg started the season with everybody expecting them to be in Braunschweig's position, so anything else they can achieve now is purely a bonus to the Bavarians.



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