Champions League previews: Stuttgart aiming for 'game of our lives'


Barcelona v Stuttgart

The Stuttgart director of sport, Horst Heldt, has admitted his side will have to play "the game of our lives" to eliminate Barcelona in tonight's second-leg tie.

"If we want to achieve the impossible, we have to play the game of our lives," he said. "But we are not going there just for fun – we do have a mini chance."

Defender Matthieu Delpierre returns from suspension for the German side while Stefano Celozzi could also feature after recovering from an illness. Barça hold the advantage with the away goal following last month's first leg.

Their manager, Pep Guardiola, welcomes Thierry Henry back from an Achilles injury while fellow striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic should also be available after suspension. "The objective is that all of attacking players get involved," Guardiola said.

Captain Carles Puyol remains a doubt for the home side after training separately due to a back injury.

Bordeaux v Olympiakos

Laurent Blanc has backed his Bordeaux side to progress further in the Champions League, as they prepare for tonight's second-leg visit of Olympiakos.

"In a cup competition, even the Champions League, a lot of things can happen," said Blanc, whose team lead 1-0 from the first leg. "There could be a surprise. We need to savour what we've achieved and play with the same desire we've shown since the beginning."

Blanc welcomes back his captain, Alou Diarra, following a successful return from a thigh injury last weekend as Bordeaux seek to maintain their unbeaten record in this year's competition and reach the last eight for the first time. Diogo, Dudu Cearense and Jesus Datolo are all on the sidelines for Bozidar Bandovic's visitors, although top scorer Konstantinos Mitroglou has recovered from a broken nose, while Oscar Gonzalez and Michal Zewlakow could also feature.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz