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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Champions League Preview: Arsenal Face Dortmund, Madrid Host Basel as Liverpool Make Return against Ludogorets

Ce sont les meilleures équipes
Sie sind die allerbesten Mannschaften
The main event
Die Meister
Die Besten

Les Grandes Équipes
The Champions

That is the sound the Anfield sound system will be blaring loud in front of the Koop for the first time in five years. Liverpool will be making their comeback to Champions League football 1,742 days after they were beaten by Fiorentina in their last appearance in the competition.

It has been a long wait for the five-time Champions League winners. A time they have had to regroup, one they have had to change managers in no more than three occasions, one they have seen a group of players come in and leave. It has been a painful wait hence do not be surprised should you see emotions run wild at Anfield.

The Reds will be among the 16 teams that will kick off this season’s UEFA Champions League when they host Bulgarian side Ludogorets, their 120th different European opponent. The two sides have never met at any level before but Liverpool will be odds on to take the three points. The other match in the group will see defending champions Real Madrid play host to Swiss side Basel with Carlo Ancelotti’s side wobbling with a shaky form that has seen them win only once in their last six matches in all competitions.

Last year’s runners-up Atletico Madrid will begin their campaign with a trip to Greece to take on Olympiakos Piraeus as Juventus play host to Malmo FF in Turin.

In Group C, German Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen will travel to France to take on Monaco as Benfica host Zenit in Portugal. Turkish side Galatasaray will play Anderlecht as Borussia Dortmund welcome Arsenal at the Signal-Iduna Park.

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