Group H – Kick-off 19:45 (BST)
Standard Liege coach Laszlo Boloni is hoping to add “another chapter” to the club’s proud history as they seek the victory at home to AZ Alkmaar in Group H that could take them through to the first knockout round.
Boloni, who also needs Olympiakos to lose at home to Arsenal, has warned his side to beware of opponents who could pip Standard to a UEFA Europa League spot with a win.
“It’s the last match and Standard are in a good position as there is still something at stake for us,” he said. “We all have to give our best. This team hopes to add another chapter to the club’s history.
“We are missing some players, but we do not want to play in the shadows.
“Behind Arsenal, AZ have played the best football in this group. The Dutch way of playing is better organised than Belgian and Greek football. We always play to win but we will have to be clever.
“We are a young team and it is hard enough to concentrate on our own game without having the Olympiakos result in mind as well. Third place would satisfy me, but we are eager to continue in the Champions League and that would please me even more.”
AZ sacked coach Ronald Koeman at the weekend after another league defeat, and caretaker Martin Haar, who will be replaced by Dick Advocaat on Thursday, needs to lift his players to face an “intimidating atmosphere” in Belgium.
“The players are well aware of the importance of this match,” he said. “We realise it’s going to be an intimidating atmosphere here in Liege but my boys are used to that already. We have played at Arsenal and Olympiakos, and we can compare that with what we will face at Standard.
“I do not feel uncomfortable in this role, as I have been assistant for many years. As technical staff we usually agreed with Koeman so it would be strange to suddenly do everything differently.
“Maybe we will need to take a more attacking approach as we must win this match to move ahead of Standard while they have more options.”