Group G – Kick-off 19:45 (BST)
Coach Dan Petrescu has called on Unirea Urziceni to seize the moment as they look to become the first Romanian team to reach the knockout phase of the Champions League.
Victory over Sevilla, combined with Stuttgart dropping points at Rangers in the other Group G game, would see Unirea join their Spanish opponents in the last 16.
“This might be the most important match of my career, if we win or draw,” said Petrescu. “Sevilla are already qualified, they can relax, but don’t forget Real Madrid and Barcelona are fighting with them for the Spanish title and that Luis Fabiano wants to become the Champions League’s top scorer.
“If we win, it won’t matter what we do in our last match in Stuttgart. It is an important match, not only for us, but also for our country and for football in our country, because we are in a position in which no Romanian team has been in in the new Champions League format: we are in a position to qualify, even if it depends on the result in the other match in the group.”
Sevilla coach Manuel Jimenez wants his side to maintain their momentum, even if a point is all they need to clinch top spot. “My team has been taught how to win, not draw,” he said.
“Each match is important and it doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, in the last round or in the past,” said Jimenez. “All we want is to win. My team has been taught to win, not draw and I wouldn’t know how to prepare them for a draw.
“Nobody gave Unirea a chance and now they are close to qualifying. They are very well-organised and we are taking this match very seriously. Of course, we have the potential to win the Spanish championship and the Champions League, but we want to take everything step by step and prepare well for each match in turn.
“I know generally speaking who will play but I will take my final decision after the official training session. Either way, we won’t be carrying out any experiments: that was done before the season began.”