The Swabian side are within touching distance of the competition's group stages, travelling to the Russian capital in possession of a two-goal advantage from the first-leg, and anything short of qualifying will only serve to heap the disappointment on Bruno Labbadia and Co. after losing 1-0 to VfL Wolfsburg.
Brushing off defeat
Stuttgart were made to pay for their profligacy on Saturday evening, as Bas Dost grabbed a last-gasp winner just minutes after Vedad Ibisevic had squandered both a penalty and one of the chances of the season. However, head coach Labbadia rallied around his star striker after the match. "Vedad has been a real hit at the club up until now," said the 46-year-old. "These are things that unfortunately happen from time to time. I've also missed penalties in the past, I know the situation."
Though there was a distinct element of bad luck in Stuttgart's opening day league defeat, Labbadia's men know that they themselves are accountable for changing their fortunes. "We had our chances, but unfortunately didn't find the back of the net," said veteran striker Cacau. "In the Bundesliga, you get punished for such mistakes. It will be a completely different match against Dinamo Moskva on Tuesday."
Labbadia: "Dinamo will come at us"
Serbian midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic is absent as he serves the second of a three-match European ban, but confidence is still high within the VfB camp. "We demonstrated in the first match what we're capable of and we want to show that again in the second leg," said Serdar Tasci in an interview with Sky Sport News HD.
Their opponents, who welcome former Stuttgart striker Kevin Kuranyi back into the starting line-up following a league suspension, come into the encounter on the back of a derby win against local rivals Lokomotiv Moskva - their first league win of the season. "I'm expecting Dinamo to try absolutely everything to make up for the 2-0 loss," said Labbadia. "We've got to be organised and professional just like in the first leg. Dinamo will come at us, but we're definitely not the type of team to park the bus."