Champions League: Manchester City to face Dortmund in a crunch tie
New Delhi: Manchester City Manager Robert Mancini believes that they would have to beat the best if they need to recover from their loss suffered at the hands of Real Madrid a fortnight ago. And by best he means Dortmund.
Mancini terms Champions League as tough as best clubs from different European countries compete in the tournament. According to him City has good chances despite them being in a tough group. City has five more games to play.
Mancini is not underestimating his opponents. Dortmund, last two Bundesliga champs, would give a tough challenge to City. Mancini considers Dortmund to be the best team in Europe. And he is well prepared to face the challenge.
Ajax vs Real Madrid
Ajax's coach Frank de Boer would be banking on collective will to go past the Spanish Champions on Wednesday, whereas, Jose Mourinho would be considering the success of his last two wins against the Dutch football club, Ajax.
Ajax coach said that they need to play as a team to better their chances against the Spanish club. According to Boer, presence of top players in the Madrid side will prove to be a challenge for them. The Dutch Football club coach is not underestimating the former Liga champions.
Miralem Sulejmani is ruled out due to a tore ankle ligament. Thulani Serero is undergoing a treatment for groin and will not be available till next year.
Commenting on the chances of Ajax, Jose felt that Ajax would be a completely different club than they saw in the past. He said that the club is getting used to playing in a top level competition like Champions League.
Jose is well aware of the strength of Ajax as a unit, despite the absence of star players. Jose Mourihno said that he and his team are all well prepared and raring to face the Ajax challenge.
Michael Essien is expected to make a return to the team after a foot injury ruled him out.
Arsenal vs Olympiacos
Arsenal will be looking forward to getting back to winning ways after they lost to Chelsea. Chelsea would be taking the field on Wednesday with a Match day one victory. The pressure would be on the Greek club, Olympiacos.
Arsène Wenger would be serving the second of his three match touchline ban. The coach wants to put behind the memories of the loss again FC Chelsea. Arsenal would like to correct their mistakes and move on.
On the other hand, Olympiacos after losing a game at home are under immense pressure.
He said that they have traversed half the course and they need to be strong to complete the entire course. In champions league a team is required to win one away game and three games in home.
Arsenal has injury woes of own, Mikel Arteta is nursing an ankle injury and his availability is doubtful. While, Wojciech Szczęsny with ankle injury and Abou Diaby with thigh are not completely fit.
The coach of Olympiacos wants to put his money on playing as a unit against a technically correct team.
He hinted that a lot of young players could be inducted in the squad for the game against Arsenal, but refused to reveal the details of the team. He said that team would like to win every game in Champions League. He expressed his concern over large number of injuries plaguing his team.
Ljubomir Fejsa is nursing a groin injury, Rafik Djebbour a left femoral muscle would be out from the Wednesday’s game. Tassos Papazoglou dislocated a shoulder and he too will be out. François Modesto is expected to undergo a late fitness test owing to a thigh problem while Vassilis Torossidis is nursing a thigh and Giannis Fetfatzidis a knee are both doubtful. Djamel Abdoun (thigh) could be available after missing out on Saturday.
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