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Home comforts spur on Ramos

After disappointment on Matchday 1, Juande Ramos is eager to make home advantage count against Beşiktaş JK and for his PFC CSKA Moskva side to register their first points in Group B.

Home comforts spur on Ramos
Home comforts spur on Ramos ©UEFA.com

Juande Ramos is eager to make home advantage count against Beşiktaş JK and for his PFC CSKA Moskva side to register their first points of UEFA Champions League Group B after opening their campaign with defeat at VfL Wolfsburg. The Spaniard said he hopes to "get the maximum" out of the fixture and condemn the Black Eagles, who have not scored in five matches in all competitions, to a second reverse of the section following Matchday 1's 1-0 home loss to Manchester United FC. Ramos's opposite number, Mustafa Denizli, played down his players' barren run in front of goal, saying that "such a crisis can happen at times".

Juande Ramos, CSKA coach
My [coaching] team and I were quick to adapt to Russian life and Russian football thanks to the people around us at CSKA. We started with defeat at Wolfsburg, but the scoreline did not reflect what happened on the pitch. We fought, played well and had chances, but mistakes at the back prevented us from getting a draw. Now we have our second match at home and we hope to get the maximum out of it. We don't have any priorities in terms of competitions, because in both we have good chances to get a certain result. In the league we have seven matches left, in the Champions League five. It is a positive statistic for us that Beşiktaş haven't scored for five matches, but it's unlikely we will build our gameplan on this. We will play our game. All runs like that end at some point, but our task is to make sure that this one doesn't end against us.

Mustafa Denizli, Beşiktaş coach
We planned to start the Champions League with a victory but, just like CSKA, we lost our first match. Training and effort does not always result in victory but there is a rule in football – the harder you train the faster you get a positive result. For our players and fans the thing we need most now is a victory, which will raise our spirits. I hope tomorrow is the day it happens. Last season we scored more than any other team in Turkey. Scoring is not something you can do by pressuring players. I don't want to push them during this non-scoring spell because such a crisis can happen at times. I hope it will be over: after all we have Nihat, who is not only one of the best in Turkey but the world. We have carefully watched what Juande Ramos has been doing at CSKA and we know of all the changes that are happening under him. The football which they played under Zico and what they are producing now is totally different.

Weekend results
26/09/09 FC Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 CSKA
(Kežman 45pen, Bystrov 87)
• It was CSKA's first league defeat since Juande Ramos replaced Zico as coach on 10 September. The Spaniard guided the Army Men to victory in his first match in charge on 12 September, a 3-0 defeat of PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara. CSKA had lost six of their previous 13 games in all competitions.

• After 23 games of the 30-match Premier-Liga season CSKA have already been defeated eight times, two more than the whole of last season.

27/09/09 Ankaraspor AŞ v Beşiktaş (postponed)
• Beşiktaş did not have a game at the weekend as their Süper Lig fixture at Ankaraspor AŞ was postponed by the Turkish Football Association.

• With six points from their first six league matches, The Turkish champions have made their worst start to a campaign since 2004/05. This time last season they had picked up 14 points and were unbeaten.

• Beşiktaş have not scored in their last five games in all competitions – a run of 461 minutes. Mustafa Denizli's side have lost their last three matches and are without a win in five.

Team news
Out: none
Suspended: none
Misses next match if booked: none

Out: İbrahim Toraman (heel)
Doubtful: Rüştü Reçber (ear), Matteo Ferrari (stomach), Yusuf Şimşek (ankle)
Suspended: none
Misses next match if booked: none

• CSKA coach Juande Ramos was in charge of the Sevilla FC side that recorded a 3-0 home win against Beşiktaş in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage, going on to lift the trophy.

• Beşiktaş are unbeaten against Russian opposition, their most recent encounter with a Premier-Liga team coming in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage when they drew 1-1 at home to FC Zenit St. Petersburg.

• The newly returned Beşiktaş striker Nihat Kahveci will have fond memories of the club's only other encounter with a Russian outfit – a 6-1 aggregate triumph against FC Lokomotiv Moskva in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round in August 2000. Nihat found the net in both meetings, a 3-0 home win and the ensuing 3-1 triumph in Moscow.

Did you know?
• Beşiktaş suffered from a severe case of travel sickness on their last appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2007/08, losing all three away games including a competition-record 8-0 reverse at Liverpool FC.