UEFA Champions League updates: 16-22 September

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AFC Ajax coach Frank de Boer has sat down in the FC Barcelona media room. The press conference is imminent.

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LIVE: Frank de Boer, AFC Ajax coach:


It's not nice if everyone thinks Barcelona will win, it means they don't think we're at our best. The pressure is huge, but I am sure we can create problems for Barcelona. We know they're a good team, but we will be faithful to our style, that's the important thing. We can't create problems for ourselves. The level of Barcelona is very good, but the result is the most important thing. In other Champions League editions we got good results against Milan, for example. We will try to stop Neymar and Messi from feeling comfortable. We need our players to be at their best.

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LIVE: Frank de Boer, AFC Ajax coach:


I have watched all the Barcelona matches, they have tremendous quality. Ninety per cent of the players have been at the club for many years now, except Neymar. Neymar has to adapt to the team and the team to Neymar. Neymar and Messi always create dangerous situations. Barcelona are a very good team.

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LIVE: AFC Ajax's former FC Barcelona forward Bojan Krkić:

This is the second time I have returned to the Camp Nou – I was here last season. It's a special stadium for me, of course. Barça are the best team in the world and have the best players in the world. Our mentality must be to want to win because that's the way we can compete. Our mentality can't be that of losing or seeing it as something impossible. We have to trust our capabilities and do things as best we can.

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LIVE: AFC Ajax coach Frank de Boer:


Johan Cruyff is a great person and very popular at Barcelona. People love him. Both Ajax and Barcelona have the same philosophy: to attack. There aren't many differences, except for the budget at one club as opposed to the other. We're very happy with Johan's philosophy. Barcelona have his influence, as do we. It seems his philosophy is still here.

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LIVE: AFC Ajax forward Bojan Krkić:

To play alongside Messi is easy. To play with one of the best players in the world is always easy, he makes you feel comfortable. Neymar is also a great player, he has proved a lot already and I can see both players understand one another very well.

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LIVE: Frank de Boer, AFC Ajax coach:


I have never thought about playing like Celtic because we don't have the same players. We might be punished for that. We will try to stick to our style because it's what we know best. To follow Celtic's style is too complicated. Sometimes we will be under huge pressure and that happens to all clubs who play here. We have to put pressure on Barcelona and stick to our style.

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LIVE: AFC Ajax forward Bojan Krkić:


My time in Italy [with AS Roma] helped me a lot tactically. I have changed teams three times recently and that means I have more experience. The feeling I have is that I have progressed a lot, learned how to play without the ball and not focused so much on scoring goals.

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Steve Mandanda was in the Olympique de Marseille press conference alongside coach Élie Baup. Following the Ligue 1 club's absence from the competition last season, the goalkeeper is thrilled to be preparing for the start of another group stage campaign, beginning with the visit of Arsenal FC on Wednesday.  


We know the significance of the first match and tomorrow it will be important to have a good start even though this game is not decisive. We are looking forward to the game tomorrow. We were frustrated last year when we did not play UCL football so yes we are looking forward to it. We have the desire to win but we know that we will be against a great team.

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Standings

Last updated: 18/09/2013 11:59 CET

Legend:

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Competition statistics

Matches played: 16

Goals scored
53 Total
3.31 Match average
Total attempts
405 Total
25.31 Match average
on target
242 Total
15.13 Match average
off target
163 Total
10.19 Match average
blocked
76 Total
4.75 Match average
against woodwork
14 Total
0.88 Match average
Corners
174 Total
10.88 Match average
Offsides
86 Total
5.38 Match average
Yellow cards
56 Total
3.5 Match average
Red Cards
1 Total
0.06 Match average
Fouls committed
432 Total
27 Match average
Fouls suffered
409 Total
25.56 Match average
Passes
17849 Total
1115.56 Match average
completed
13482 Total
842.63 Match average
Last updated: 25/07/2014 23:33 CET
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