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Friday, 26 August 2016

Champions league Opening Day & Opposition Reaction

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TALK

 Opening days
Tuesday 13 September
Group A: Paris Saint-Germain v Arsenal, Basel v Ludogorets Razgrad
Group B: Dynamo Kyiv v Napoli, Benfica v Beşiktaş
Group C: Barcelona v Celtic, Manchester City v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Group D: Bayern München v Rostov, PSV Eindhoven v Atlético Madrid
Wednesday 14 September
Group E: Bayer Leverkusen v CSKA Moskva, Tottenham Hotspur v Monaco
Group F: Real Madrid v Sporting CP, Legia Warszawa v Borussia Dortmund
Group G: Club Brugge v Leicester City, FC Porto v FC København
Group H: Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb, Juventus v Sevilla

Reaction to the draw
Leonid Slutski, CSKA coach
We know we almost never get an easy UEFA Champions League draw, and today – in my opinion – we had another tough one as we got the strongest teams from Pot 3 and Pot 4. Tottenham, Monaco and Leverkusen play in top European leagues. Anyway the draw is made, the groups are set. We have a chance because of our experience of playing against big clubs.
Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach
Just like in 2014/15, we have been drawn in a very even group. Back then, we finished second. Once again it is our ambition to make it through to the round of 16.
Rudi Völler, Leverkusen sporting director
It's probable the most even of all the groups. Anything can happen. We got Monaco, probably the best team from Pot 4. Tottenham are really strong, just like Russian champions CSKA, but we are going into this group with a positive outlook.
Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs manager
We know very well that Russia is always difficult and CSKA are sure to have a very good team. Last season we played Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League and we can see how competitive German teams are. Bayer Leverkusen will be tough as well. We know Monaco well. Again, it's tough. It's the Champions League and it will always be a tough competition.



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