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Marseille vs Borussia Dortmund preview - Deschamps eyes Euro boost

Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by PA

Marseille coach Didier Deschamps is welcoming Wednesday's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund as a chance to forget his side's domestic problems for the time being. A 1-1 draw at Valenciennes at the weekend did little to lift the pressure which has been mounting on the former Monaco and Juventus coach after a start to the season which has brought just one win in eight Ligue 1 matches....Full Story »

Zenit St Petersburg vs Porto preview - Alves issues warning over incredible Hulk

Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by PA

Former Porto captain Bruno Alves has warned his Zenit St Petersburg team-mates to be wary of the threat posed by Hulk when the sides meet in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Alves, who joined the Russian side from Porto in August 2010, misses out against his former club due to suspension, depriving him of the chance to come head to head with the burly Brazil striker. But the 29-year-ol...Full Story »

AC Milan vs Viktoria Plzen preview - Rossoneri waiting on Ibrahimovic and Ambrosini

Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by PA

AC Milan are hoping striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and captain Massimo Ambrosini will be fit to play in their Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen. Ibrahimovic has been out of action since his team's Serie A opener against Lazio earlier this month with an ankle injury. The Sweden international also missed his team's 2-2 result at Barcelona in their Group H opener. Ambrosini dislocated his...Full Story »

Bayern Munich vs Manchester City preview - Dzeko relishing Munich match-up

Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by PA

Edin Dzeko insists it is the glamour of nights like Tuesday that attracted a galaxy of stars to Manchester City rather than the vast riches on offer at the Eastlands outfit. City's second game in their debut Champions League campaign has taken them to the Allianz Arena, where they will face a Bayern Munich side that has won the European Cup on four occasions and reached the final only two sea...Full Story »

Manchester United vs Basle preview - Ferguson wants more European success

Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by PA

Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United cannot look back at the last four years as a golden period for the club in the Champions League - because they were beaten by Barcelona in two of the three finals they reached. The record books may show the current spell to be United's most successful ever in Europe, but Ferguson insists they need to take that final step and win the Champions League t...Full Story »

Trabzonspor vs Lille preview - Obraniak relishing hostile atmosphere

Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by PA

Lille midfielder Ludovic Obraniak believes his team will be fired up by the hostile atmosphere they are likely to encounter during Tuesday's Champions League clash with Trabzonspor. The French champions travel to Turkey for their second game in Group B, having drawn their opener against CSKA Moscow two weeks ago. The country is known for offering a red-hot reception to visiting fans and Trabzo...Full Story »

Real Madrid vs Ajax Amsterdam preview - Karanka backing for Real duo

Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by PA

Real Madrid assistant boss Aitor Karanka has backed Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira to prove their worth at the Bernabeu. The Germany duo have struggled in recent weeks and both were left on the bench for Saturday's home clash with Rayo Vallecano. Ozil appeared after just 29 minutes, replacing the more defence-minded Lassana Diarra with Madrid 1-0 down, and played a key role as Jose Mourinho's men...Full Story »

Otelul Galati vs Benfica preview - Benfica not under-estimating new-boys

Posted Monday, September 26, 2011 by PA

Benfica will treat Champions League newcomers Otelul Galati just as seriously as they did Manchester United two weeks ago, manager Jorge Jesus and defender Ezequiel Garay have vowed. Jesus' Portuguese giants will become the first ever non-Romanian club to visit Bucharest's new National Arena when Otelul host their Group C game there. Jesus, whose side held United to a 1-1 draw at the Estadio d...Full Story »

Lyon vs Dinamo Zagreb preview - Underdogs Dinamo ready for Lyon test

Posted Monday, September 26, 2011 by PA

Lyon play their 100th Champions League game on Tuesday, but Dinamo Zagreb are not planning on making it a night to remember for them. The Croatians are back in Europe`s premier club competition for the first time in 12 years and, despite an opening-round defeat to Real Madrid, are confident of making an impression, according to midfielder Milan Badelj. Dinamo are the rank outsiders in a group ...Full Story »

Napoli vs Villarreal preview - Garrido pays tribute to Napoli

Posted Monday, September 26, 2011 by PA

Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido has described Napoli as "the best team in Italy" ahead of their Champions League clash in Naples. Garrido's side have yet to find their feet this season, losing their Group A opener 2-0 to Bayern Munich while mustering just one win in five Primera Division encounters. And he is under no illusion as to the size of the task his men face. "Without a doubt Nap...Full Story »

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