Magath demands victory
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuttgart coach Felix Magath believes his team must beat Group E rivals Panathinaikos if they are to stand any chance of progressing to the next stage of the Champions League.
Despite seeing his side beat group favourites Manchester United in their previous match in the competition, Magath thinks his side face an uphill task to qualify.
He said: "Manchester United will move into the next round and all other teams will compete for the second spot and if we want to stand a realistic chance to make it to the final 16 teams we must beat Panathinaikos."
"The game against the Greeks will be a much different affair to the Manchester game as they will play much more defensive-minded and will look to win the game on the fast-break," warned Magath.
Stuttgart's main fear ahead of the match is that Croatian international Zvonimir Soldo will miss out after limping out of the 3-1 win over Werder Bremen. Should he fail to regain fitness, Silvio Meissner will deputise.
Magath will stick with the successful pairing of Kevin Kuranyi and Imre Szabics up front.