Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
On the back of Saturday’s 8-1 win over Arminia Bielefeld, Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf has promised another attacking performance for the visit of Olympiakos.
“It’s important for us not to be passive,” Schaaf said. “If we let Olympiacos get forward then a player like Luciano Galletti is capable of causing us a lot of damage. The best way to stop that happening is by going at them ourselves.”
The club’s injury troubles took a turn for the worse when goalkeeper Tim Wiese and striker Boubacar Sanogo collected knocks in the weekend win. Better news came with the return of Clemens Fritz on Saturday and he will line up in midfield, possibly alongside Torsten Frings and Tim Borowski who are back in contention after long lay-offs.
Diego missed training on Monday with a thigh problem, but he is ready to start tonight.
“Diego brings out the best in the whole team and he’s been excellent,” said Schaaf. “This is the right environment for him to shine. He’s happy here and we’re delighted with him.”
Olympiakos coach Panagiotis Lemonis believes Bremen have several players to fear.
“Diego’s a key man but they’re strong in all positions and have a lot of height in their team, combined with some good crossers on the flanks,” he said.
Julio Cezar should be restored to central defence in place of Raul Bravo, while fellow defender Micha? ?ew?akow is out by a virus.
Olympiakos have failed to win in 31 attempts, and after a 1-1 at home to Lazio in their opening fixture, the Greek champions need something from this game.
“If we do score first, I’ll tell my players to get the referee to stop the game,” Lemonis joked.