18 September, 2012 - 13:14

The UEFA Champions League group stage clashes kick off today

The UEFA Champions League group stage clashes kick off today

Matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League group stage comes about in four groups today, on 18 September 2012.

Group A
Dynamo Kyiv – PSG
Dinamo Zagreb – Porto

The clash against Dynamo Kyiv is a big event for Paris Saint-Germain men as they haven’t appeared in the UEFA Champions League for eight seasons. Nevertheless, the Ligue 1 side’s coach Carlo Ancelotti confirms that his team doesn’t feel heart-pounding, but on the contrary fightingly-spirited. The squad will have their showdown without Van der Wiel and Mamadou Sakho who was ruled out due to a slight injury. For the Ukrainian side this game will be the third against PSG. Dynamo’s coach Yuri Semin says it would be an intriguing fixture for the club.

Group C
Milan – Anderlecht
Málaga – Zenit

AC Milan went amiss during their Serie A opening matches but are eager to make up for the losses and recover the reputation. Their coach Massimiliano Allegri is sure his team needs patience, craft and invention to pass flying colors.
For Anderlecht it won’t be a crucial encounter but nevertheless they are intended to pay attention to the tiniest of details and challenge the victory.

The coach of Málaga Manuel Pellegrini is very cautious about forthcoming match. Spanish supremo is convinced that you can’t succeed only by inspiration and exaltation. Moreover, he doesn’t consider Zenit as an easy team. That’s why his squad seems to be increasingly prudent and concentrated ahead of the clash. Luciano Spalletti, in his turn, doesn’t ease off. He admits that Málaga is a hot and formidable opponent but Zenit St Petersburg always stands ground and plays to the full capacity.

Group D
Real Madrid – Manchester City
Dortmund – Ajax

The opener between Real and the City is the most edgily waited for on the first matchday. José Mourinho will put in on the pitch only the high-key players as he knows his rival’s squad is packed with talented stars. The team’s motivation is extremely strong now as they previously knocked out the fans with their stumbling on the threshold in La Liga trailing Barcelona by 8 points. For Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini the encounter with giant Real seems to be a tight-looking action. It is a great honour for his team to meet with Spanish top-flight club and they are intended to bend every effort to proceed.

Jürgen Klopp, who is at the helm of Borussia Dortmund, says his team will keep to their usual play. They have more international experience now and are eager to bear the palm today. Ajax coach Frank de Boer sees that game as a wonderful opportunity for his young team to gain precious experience and that is what they are intended to do.

Besides the games above, in Group B Greek champions Olympiacos meet with Schalke and Montpellier encounters with Arsenal.

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Author: Kate Kozz

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