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By Ultan Corcoran@UltanCorcoran

Words of encouragement: Leverkusen fans offer motivation for DFB-Pokal final

Defeated at the hands of Atalanta in the Europa League final in Dublin, Bayer Leverkusen must turn their gaze to the DfB Pokal final against 1.FC Kaiserslautern on Saturday.

I asked Werkself fans how the Bundesliga champions can raise their spirits in preparation for another game which involves them being heavy favourites against 2.Bundesliga opposition.

Tim, 28 Leverkusen: "Keep their heads high, be proud of what you have achieved this season, and believe in yourself. Then this can be another victory for us". 

Moritz, 21, Rostock: "Not everything is lost! If you in the DfB Pokal it is still an insane season. It's all up for grabs and it's in Leverkusen's power to do that. I would encourage them to play the way we have seen this whole season; especially with much more confidence. .

"I would expect a team like Kaiserslautern to be very defensive because Leverkusen can finish the game with such a class difference [in player quality]. So I would say full steam, full power; try to get this game [vs Atalanta] out of your head. If you win the cup you end the season on a big high". 

Torsten, Leverkusen fan based in Frankfurt: "We have had a perfect season. There are two titles to win in total. Let's do it; and they will do it I'm pretty sure". 

Maurice, 36, Leverkusen: "You have won more than any Leverkusen team in the past 40 years; be proud of it, we are proud of you. We appreciate your service and we think you can win the double. On Saturday we will be with you". 

Janis, 20, Leverkusen: "It was only one defeat tonight [vs Atalanta]. The DfB Pokal is the final game of the season; let's have a good end for the season and have fun". 

Til, 51, Leverkusen: "I think [Xabi Alonso and his players] can do it. Even though my son is a fan of Kaiserslautern and he will root for them, I still think he can win it on Saturday".

Moritz and Leon, Leverkusen: "I don't think they need our motivation at all! I think they have played such a great season. They've lost just one game over a whole season and I think they will win on Saturday".

Bayer Leverkusen will have the chance to win the DfB Pokal in Berlin this Saturday if they can overcome 1.FC Kaiserslautern. A win would see Xabi Alonso's side secure an unprecedented domestic double alongside their Meisterschale title for 2023/24.

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