A match preview for the Champions League clash between Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow.
Where: Alianz Arena, Munich
When: Tuesday September 17, 2013 19:45
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Bayern will kick off their defence of their European title tonight with a tricky tie against Russian giants CSKA.
No team has successfully been able to defend their title in the Champions League era before and that will undoubtedly be new coach Pep Guardiola’s first task, the former Barca man of course is no stranger to success in the competition either, and with the additions of Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara this year they’ve stood themselves in good stead to go the distance again.
However, Bayern have a few personnel issues in the middle tonight, with Thiago and Javi Martinez missing with ankle and groin injuries respectively. Whilst Mario Gotze, Jerome Boateng and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all doubts.
CSKA will also go into the match in sparkling form, having won six of their first eight matches in the Russian Premier League, and drawing the other two.
But they have problems of their own too, with excellent playmaker Alan Dzagoev ruled out along with Zoran Tosic, Rasmus Elm, Mario Fernandez, Mark Gonzalez and Seydou Doumbia.