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Manchester United vs Galatasaray preview - Defence key for Ferguson

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by PA

Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledges a settled defence will be crucial for Manchester United in Europe this season. The memories of last year's embarrassing group stage exit were fresh enough for Ferguson to leave Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa out of his starting line-up for the weekend win over Wigan. Both should be involved against Galatasaray at Old Trafford, providing the firepower needed t...Full Story »

Chelsea vs Juventus preview - `Lucky' Chelsea out to defend their title

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by PA

John Obi Mikel admitted Chelsea were "kind of lucky" to win the Champions League but insisted they now had a team capable of historic back-to-back triumphs. The Blues kick off the defence of their European crown, with many still pinching themselves at the manner in which they finally ended their agonising wait for club football's biggest prize. Chelsea's astonishing run has led some to dismiss...Full Story »

Celtic vs Benfica preview - Commons looking to hit Benfica from the start

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by PA

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons is looking to blitz Benfica with a storming start in their Champions League Group G opener at Parkhead. The Hoops have reached this stage of European football's elite club competition for the first time in four years and the landscape, it is widely believed, has become even more technical, methodical and cerebral in that intervening period. However, Scotland midf...Full Story »

Shakhtar Donetsk vs FC Nordsjaelland preview - Lucescu keen to learn from mistakes

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by PA

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu is wary of his team making the same mistakes in the Champions League this season as they did last term. The Ukrainian title-winners endured a nightmare campaign in the competition in 2011-12, managing only one win in their group and finishing bottom. They made a bad start, losing their opener 2-1 at Porto before being held 1-1 at home by perceived minnows ...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Spartak Moscow preview - Emery braced for Barca test

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by PA

Spartak Moscow coach Unai Emery is preparing to face one of the toughest teams in the world in Wednesday's Champions League clash against Barcelona. The Russian side travel to the Nou Camp in a tricky opening Group G fixture against the four-time European champions which will be new Barca coach Tito Vilanova's first test in the competition. If Emery can lead his side to victory over Barcelona ...Full Story »

Bayern Munich vs Valencia preview - Lahm wants to win group

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by PA

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has targeted top spot in Champions League Group F although the German giants kick-off with a fixture against a Valencia side he believes will be their biggest challengers. Bayern, beaten last season in the final by Chelsea on a penalty shoot-out at their own Allianz Arena, are hoping to go one better this time round. Germany international Lahm told the TZ new...Full Story »

Sporting Braga vs CFR Cluj preview - Felgueiras spurred on by underdogs tag

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by PA

Cluj goalkeeper Mario Felgueiras has warned former club Braga he and his team-mates will revel in their role as Champions League underdogs. The 25-year-old is one of six Portuguese players, three of them old boys, in the Romanian side's squad for Wednesday night's opening Group H encounter at the Estadio Municipal de Braga. He and his colleagues face a daunting task if they are to emerge from ...Full Story »

Mourinho backs Manchester City for future Champions League success

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Goal.com

The two-time European Cup winner likened the Blues' rise to prominence to that of his former club Chelsea under Roman Abramovich, while also dismissing talk of pressure at Bernabeu Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has predicted Manchester City will win the Champions League in the near future if they continue developing at their current rate. The two-time European Cup winner Mourinho will gu...Full Story »

Allegri urges AC Milan troops to move on from disappointing start

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Goal.com

The Milan boss tells his team to pick up the pieces and move forward after a poor start to the season, believing that they will need to be at their best against Anderlecht Massimiliano Allegri has issued a rallying cry to AC Milan as the Italians get ready to face Anderlecht in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday evening. After enduring a torrid summer which saw Thiago Silva and Zla...Full Story »

Iniesta targets Champions League glory with Barcelona

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Goal.com

The Spain midfielder is determined to make up for last season's semi-final loss to Chelsea, and is hoping to recreate previous Wembley triumphs in the upcoming campaign Barcelona midfieler Andres Iniesta has set his sights on Champions League glory this season as the Blaugrana prepare for their competiton opener against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday. The Spanish schemer has been crowned a cham...Full Story »

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