Berlin - Stuttgart's World Cup winner Kevin Grosskreutz is
relishing his new club's German Cup quarter-final at home to Borussia
Dortmund on Tuesday as he looks to knock his ex-club out.
Grosskreutz's passion for Dortmund that he has a tattoo of the city's
skyline on his right calf and Borussia's 2011 and 2012 German league
titles celebrated in ink on his left shoulder.
personally, it's a special feeling to run out against Dortmund,"
Grosskreutz said having made 178 league appearances for Borussia, whom
he left in September.
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"It was my club and I'm looking forward to
seeing my friends again," he said before adding "but we won't be friends
on the pitch".
"I'm from there and really looking forward to the game.
"We'll put everything in so that we can pull off a surprise. We want to reach the next round.
have a world-class team, it's not for no reason that they're second (in
the Bundesliga), but we believe in our chances."
Borussia's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, Grosskreutz "embodied" what the club
is about, even if he courted controversy during his six years as a
Dortmund player by urinating in a Berlin hotel's foyer and throwing a
kebab at a fan in Cologne during separate late-night incidents.
27-year-old was part of Germany's World Cup squad, but didn't play a
single minute of Brazil 2014 and will be up against former Borussia
team-mates he only waved goodbye to a few months ago.
right-back will be tasked with ensuring Dortmund's Germany star Marco
Reus has a quiet game on the left wing and that striker Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang fails to add to his tally of 29 goals in all competitions
Grosskreutz has been a revelation since signing for
Stuttgart in January, helping his new club to three wins in as many
games, after an unhappy three-month stint at Galatasaray when he did not
play a competitive game.
Having been a Dortmund regular under
Jurgen Klopp, Grosskreutz left at the start of the current season due to
a lack of opportunities under new coach Thomas Tuchel.
"There won't be much time for a chat, but there are no personal reservations," said Tuchel.
switched to Istanbul's Galatasaray in late August, but a problem with
the paperwork before the transfer window closed meant he could not play
in competitive games for the Turkish club for the rest of 2015.
Homesickness kicked in and Grosskreutz seized the chance to return to the Bundesliga with Stuttgart in January.
"I was made to feel super welcome in the team and feel really well in the city and in the stadium," he said.
the league, it is all about staying up and we aren't talking about
anything else, but of course we want to try and take something out of
He is not Stuttgart's only ex-Dortmund player looking forward to playing last season's German Cup finalists.
goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak is set to make his first start for
Stuttgart having been plagued with injury since his transfer before the
start of the season.
Resurgent Stuttgart will test high-flying
Dortmund, having won all of their last five matches since needing
extra-time to beat Eintracht Braunschweig 3-2 in the third round of the
German Cup last December.
League wins over Wolfsburg, Cologne,
Hamburg and Eintracht Frankfurt have catapulted 2007 German league
champions Stuttgart from the relegation places to 12th in the Bundesliga