Group G Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
After losing their opening Group G match to Sevilla, Unirea Urziceni coach Dan Petrescu has said that he expects an improved performance against Stuttgart.
The Romanian champions may be playing their home games at the Steaua Stadium instead of their own ground, but he believes they are capable of pulling off a surprise.
“My players have to understand that they are not debutants anymore,” he said.
“I have to admit we are delighted to be here at the Steaua Stadium. I played here for so many years and I am a little bit nostalgic, but as far as the match is concerned, my players have to understand they are not debutants anymore.
“Of course, are favourites, but we have a chance as well and we have to go for it. We didn’t make fools of ourselves in Seville. I hope we will be the first Romanian team to get a home UEFA Champions League win [since 1996].
“It is hard to surprise German sides; their history – both at national team and club level – proves this, but our players can surprise them with invention and total commitment.”
Stuttgart coach, Markus Babbel, said he was pleased to be facing one of the unheralded teams in Group G.
“We are happy to play our second group match against an opponent that is not so well known,” he said. “They have a problem not playing at their home ground in Urziceni, but it’s not our problem.
“We are totally focused on the match, on showing the same skills as in our last Bundesliga match on Saturday: aggression, running and commitment.
“They showed their ability in Seville, despite losing the game. They left very little space in defence and only conceded through errors. Unirea also play a very good attacking game and score plenty of goals.
“They are top in Romania so we will have to be very careful. We know who we’re playing and what to expect. We have already played against a Romanian team this season [FC Timisoara, who Stuttgart beat in the play-offs] and we know how high the standard is. We had to give it our all to qualify.”