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Wolfsburg's Hecking hails CSKA Moskva attack

Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking admits he is concerned by CSKA Moskva's stellar attack as the teams begin their group campaign with a rematch of their 2009/10 opener.

Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking and goalkeeper Diego Benaglio address the press
Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking and goalkeeper Diego Benaglio address the press ©Getty Images
  • Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking wary of CSKA Moskva attack in Group B opener
  • Game is rematch of 2009/10 opener, won 3-1 by Wolfsburg though CSKA progressed
  • Wolfsburg have not lost at home in Bundesliga in 24 outings
  • CSKA started season with club-record seven straight league victories

Possible lineups
: Benaglio; Träsch, Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez; Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo; Caligiuri, Draxler, Schürrle; Dost.
Out: Felipe (foot)
Doubtful: Casteels (toe), Vieirinha (thigh)

CSKA Moskva: Akinfeev; Mário Fernandes, V Berezutski, Ignashevich, Schennikov; Tošić, Wernbloom, Eremenko, Dzagoev; Musa, Doumbia.
Out: Golovin (thigh)

Dieter Hecking, Wolfsburg coach
We are really excited to start the Champions League. We earned this last season, when we had an outstanding campaign. But from my point of view I'm not really excited, because I have to do my job as usual. I have to prepare the team for this match and many things are going through my head.

CSKA have a great attack with [Seydou] Doumbia, [Ahmed] Musa, [Alan] Dzagoev and [Zoran] Tošić. Nobody should think we will win this easily. We have to put on a very good performance in order to start with a victory. Russian football has a lot of quality. But we've learned from our experiences last term in the Europe League.

Leonid Slutski, CSKA coach
It will be an important, if difficult, match. I am responsible for the team and I feel a lot of pressure but I can handle it. Wolfsburg have lost Kevin De Bruyne, yet they were able to react to that with the transfers of Dante and Julian Draxler. Their squad is full of quality and we will definitely have to be at our best to get something out of this match.

City guide: Wolfsburg

Weekend results
Ingolstadt 0-0 Wolfsburg

Dante and Julian Draxler both made their Wolfsburg debuts as Hecking's third-placed charges drew a blank at the newly promoted Bundesliga side.

CSKA 2-2 Zenit (Lombaerts og 9, Doumbia 22; Hulk 39pen, Smolnikov 88)
Leaders CSKA had won their first seven Russian Premier-Liga games yet were pegged back by the title holders on Saturday.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)*

*This season only

Did you know?
• Find out how Wolfsburg and CSKA fared when they crossed paths in the 2009/10 group stage in our comprehensive match background.