(Sporting Alert) — The Champions League is back in focus this week, with several teams, including English Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal, on the fixture on Tuesday night.
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In Group F, Arsenal will host Napoli at Emirates Stadium, a game that will see Rafael Benitez coming up against his old rival Arsene Wenger.
Both teams have been in good touch in recent weeks, paving the way for what is expected to be an entertaining in London.
After beating Marseille in the opening group fixture, Arsenal will look to build on that victory as they face a battle to get out of the tight group.
“We are in a tough group,” Wenger said. “If you look at the teams Marseille, Dortmund and Napoli, they all play at the top of their league and in big football countries, so you feel of course for us it is vital to continue our run and to come out of the group.
“But you know as the well the importance of the home games will be decisive in a group of that quality.”
Also in Group F, last year’s beaten finalist Borussia Dortmund go in search of their first win against a Marseille side also hunting its first point in the group stage.
Another English Premier League side, Chelsea, take on Steaua Bucuresti with the hope of putting away their opening group fixture defeat to Basel at Stamford Bridge.
This time Jose Mourinho’s men travel to Romania for the clash at Stadionul Steaua.
Without the services of the injured Lionel Messi, Barcelona take on Celtic in a Group H game at Celtic Park.
“It is obviously very good news for us because he is the best player in the world,” Celtic boss Neil Lennon said, although adding that it is sad the 26-year-old Argentina forward is injured.
However, with the likes of Neymar, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez, Barcelona are still blessed with a wealth of attacking options and Lennon knows this.
“Barcelona don’t change their system, they don’t change their style of play really and 4-3-3 is just what they believe in,” he said.
“It has worked well for them very well over the years.”
The otherGroup G game will see Ajax entertaining AC Milan.
Also on Tuesday night, the on form Atletico Madrid, fresh off their victory over Real Madrid in the derby on the weekend, travel to face FC Porto in Group G at Estadio do Dragao.
Tuesday 1 Oct. UEFA Champions League
12:00 Zenit St Petersburg v FK Austria at Wien Petrovski Stadium
2:45 Ajax v Milan at Amsterdam Arena
2:45 Arsenal v Napoli at Emirates Stadium
2:45 Basel v Schalke 04 at St Jakob-Park
2:45 Borussia Dortmund v Marseille at Signal Iduna Park
2:45 Celtic v Barcelona at Celtic Park
2:45 FC Porto v Atlético at Estadio do Dragao
2:45 Steaua Bucharest v Chelsea at Stadionul Ghencea