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FC Barcelona’s quest to become the first team to successfully retain the UEFA Champions League begins today when they travel to the Italian capital to take Serie A runners-up and current league leaders, AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.The contest will be Barcelona’s first match in Group F this season, and in many respects, it promises to be the toughest test of the group stage, particularly given the departures of some key names from second seeds, Bayer Leverkusen.Last season, AS Roma were drawn into the “Group of Death” and were eventually knocked out on the final matchday by Bayern Munich and Manchester City, both of whom fell victim to the Blaugrana juggernaut in later rounds.Their campaign was filled with ups and downs, but served as valuable experience nonetheless and it’s hard to envisage them not making a better go of it this time round.For Luis Enrique, this will mark his first visit back to the Stadio Olimpico since his spell in charge in the Italian capital – and with the tabloids suggesting that he earmarked the Blaugrana as favourites for this year’s title, he’s under pressure to deliver a positive result. Now it’s up to the players to help him back it all up and get our UCL season off to a strong start.After the month from hell, let alone the past week, perhaps a change of scenery will do Chelsea some good. The Premier League champions can forget about their domestic woes for 90 minutes on Wednesday as they welcome Maccabi Tel-Aviv to Stamford Bridge to open their Champions League account.Sitting just above the Premier League’s relegation zone with a mere four points to their name from five games, Jose Mourinho has come in for some criticism this week.While most would expect Chelsea to make short work of the Israeli champions, that is possibly what most of their opponents in the qualifying rounds thought, and it did not quite turn out that way. Slavisa Jokanovic, formerly of Chelsea, oversaw wins over Hibernians, the Czechs of Viktoria Plzen and then, most impressively, the Swiss side Basel, to reach the group stages for the first time in 11 years.José Mourinho, whose European campaign ended so disappointingly with the exit to PSG six months ago, is without a number of regulars and knows the morale-boosting victory he needs to take into Saturday’s league meeting with Arsenal cannot be taken for granted. Bayern Munich hope to avoid tragedy by winning their opening Champions League group game for a 12th successive season when they face Olympiakos in Piraeus.The 25-time German champions have reached the last four of Europe’s elite competition four times in a row and once again that has to be the minimum target for this star-studded squad –especially after the boost of big-money summer acquisitions Arturo Vidal (€37 million) and Douglas Costa (€30m). But Pep Guardiola’s charges will have to improve on some decidedly average away form against the Greek champions.Bayern haven’t won away in the Champions League for four games spanning almost 11 months with their last victory coming in October 2014, albeit a memorable 7-1 romp in Rome. Compare that to the Greek side’s impressive home record: they have six straight CL wins in the raucous Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium. In typical fashion, skipper Philipp Lahm warned his side not to take Olympiacos lightly. “With their fans’ backing they’ll throw everything at us but we’ll be on our guard and won’t underestimate [them].”Arsenal travel to Croatia to start their 2015-16 Champions League campaign versus a Dinamo Zagreb side that haven’t lost in 41 straight matches in all competitions. This isn’t the first time the Gunners have faced off versus The Blues. In 2006, the two sides were drawn against each other in a Champions League qualifier that saw Arsenal through to the group stages, and also exposed Arsene Wenger to a Brazilian-born Croatian forward for that Zagreb side that he would purchase a year later: Eduardo da Silva (that team also had Luka Modric in it, as well).Gaining a point under the night sky in Zagreb, in front of their Bad Blue Boys, will be a commendable result for Arsenal, especially since it’s widely-expected Bayern Munich will walk away with three points in Athens, versus Olympiacos. However, given the amount of chances they’ve created so far in the early start to the league season, there are quite a few observers who’ll expect Arsenal to win all available points – regardless of Zagreb’s, and forward Angelo Henríquez’s (25 goals in the last 31 matches), form.Other fixtures:BAYER LEVERKUSEN vs BATE BORISOV DINAMO KIEV vs PORTOGENT vs OLYMPIQUE LYONNAISVALENCIA vs ZENITH ST. PETERSBURG–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
For Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici all the pieces are in place for Sarri to deliver another style of football.“We’re very happy with what has been done. We bought de Ligt, who all the top teams wanted,” said Paratici.“We managed to buy him, along with two big players on free transfers: Rabiot and Ramsey, who were courted by many.“Juve has very high-level players in all departments, a squad of absolute value.”– ‘Removing scepticism’ –Juventus will be hoping these players and their new coach can implement the ‘Sarriball’ football philosophy: a fast-paced attacking style, that impressed during his time with Napoli.Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro insisted Sarri was already having an impact.“We can’t wait to start the season. We’ve already assimilated Sarri’s mentality and, we know what to do.“We all still have to improve naturally, but we are on the right path.”De Ligt also praised Sarri.“He was one of the reasons that I wanted to join here, I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and I like his footballing philosophy and how he prepares his defence.”Sarri described coaching Juventus as “the crowning” moment of his 30-year managerial career.“I arrive surrounded by sceptics, but then I always am. I had the same at Empoli, Napoli and Chelsea.“In football, I know only one way of removing scepticism from the minds of people: by winning convincingly.“I haven’t won a lot, but I believe that having fun on the pitch doesn’t stop you winning.”Share on: WhatsApp Juventus want head coach Maurizio Sarri to point them in a fresh directionMilan, Italy | AFP | Juventus begin their Serie A campaign this weekend under new coach Maurizio cas the multiple Italian champions gamble on the veteran delivering another style of Serie A title.The Turin giants start their quest for a ninth consecutive title in Parma on Saturday but could be without Sarri on the bench after the 60-year-old was diagnosed with pneumonia on Monday.Sarri returns to Italy after one turbulent season in the Premier League with Chelsea, having previously coached his hometown team Napoli for three seasons.Chain-smoking Sarri’s appointment, in place of the clean cut Massimiliano Allegri who had delivered the last five of their Serie A titles, is a break in tradition for Juventus.But after also ditching their iconic black and white striped jersey last season, the club are looking for a change in direction.Despite their success Juventus have often been criticised for their boring defensive style of play.Club bosses want a more attractive eye-catching style of football in an attempt to increase their fan base outside of Italy.While Sarri’s only major title was the Europa League last season with Chelsea, he promises to give serial Italian champions Juventus a more dynamic style of play.Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, returning to Turin after a season at Paris Saint-Germain, thinks the change of direction can pay off.“Those who follow the same path will always achieve the same results, so Juve are seeking the Champions League and wanted to try breaking away towards pastures new,” said the 41-year-old.“Sarri is not a revolution, nor a gamble. He simply represents an untested path, a whole other story.”Among Juventus’s rivals this season will be Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli and Inter Milan, now coached by former Juventus boss Antonio Conte.But Juventus have spent big giving Sarri a stellar squad to target a 36th Scudetto and their first Champions League title since 1996.Cristiano Ronaldo, a player who Sarri insists “will make the difference”, will again be central to attack with newly-signed Dutch star Matthijs De Ligt the jewel in defense alongside veterans Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.De Ligt’s Ajax sent Juventus crashing out of the Champions League last season.The midfield has been strengthened with PSG’s Adrien Rabiot and former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey, both acquired on free transfers but on large salaries.