A preview of tonight’s Champions League Group H clash at the Nou Camp.
Where: Nou Camp, Barcelona
When: Wednesday September 18, 2013 19:45
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Two giants of European football will meet each other for the first time at the Nou Camp tonight, as Barcelona take on Ajax in matchday one of this season’s Champions League.
Barca coach Gerardo Martino will be taking charge of a top-level European match for the first time after taking over at the club this summer from Tito Vilanova, who led Lionel Messi and co to the semi-finals last season.
His side have started well in La Liga this season, winning all four of their opening games, though they will be without key duo Carles Puyol and Jordi Alba for tonight’s game, in what looks a tough group overall with AC Milan and Celtic making up the numbers.
Ajax, meanwhile, are currently fourth in the Eredivisie after a mixed start to the campaign with three wins out of six. Although no longer looking like genuine contenders for the trophy, they have won this competition four times in their history and have long shared a connection with their opponents tonight for footballing philosophies.
Most notably, Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has played for both sides, winning the competition as a player for the Amsterdam side and also as manager for Barca.