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CSKA and Doumbia ready for in-form Wolfsburg

CSKA suffered a third straight defeat at the weekend, but Leonid Slutski hopes to have Seydou Doumbia available for their must-not-lose game against Wolfsburg.

CSKA Moskva coach Leonid Slutski
CSKA Moskva coach Leonid Slutski ©AFP/Getty Images
  • CSKA coach Leonid Slutski hopes to have Seydou Doumbia available
  • CSKA suffered first home defeat in seven months at the weekend
  • The Army Men will be out of contention for a top-two finish if they lose
  • Wolfsburg have been beaten in both Group B away games
  • CSKA overcame Wolfsburg 2-1 in Moscow on 25 November 2009

Possible lineups
CSKA Moskva:
Akinfeev; Fernandes, Vasin, Ignashevich, Schennikov; Wernbloom, Tošić, Milanov, Dzagoev; Musa, Doumbia.
Out: Eremenko (groin)
Doubtful: V Berezutski (thigh)

Wolfsburg: Benaglio; Träsch, Dante, Naldo, Schäfer; Arnold, Guilavogui; Vieirinha, Caligiuri; Kruse; Dost.
Out: Luiz Gustavo (back), Knoche (ankle)
Doubtful: Rodriguez (personal reasons)

Matchday one: Wolfsburg 1-0 CSKA Moskva

Leonid Slutski, CSKA coach
I know Wolfsburg very well. One game – no matter how good or bad it is – cannot change my view of a team. Of course the victory [6-0 against Werder] confirmed them as one of the Bundesliga pacesetters, but it was no surprise for me.

[Seydou] Doumbia is working with the group and preparing to take part in the game. The situation with Vasili Berezutski is more difficult; he hasn't started training with the group yet.

Dieter Hecking, Wolfsburg coach
CSKA are top of the league in Russia. They lost their last game but that will have no impact on our meeting with them. This fixture is also very important to them and they will be under more pressure than us. The onus is on them to attack and they are more than capable.

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We need to play better than we did against PSV [losing 2-0 in Eindhoven]. We need to take our chances and play well on the counterattack. We are settled into our hotel and it is very snowy; more snow than we have in Germany. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's fight; I love football.

Weekend results
CSKA Moskva 0-2 Krylya Sovetov Samara (Jahović 52 66)
The Russian leaders suffered their third successive defeat, including two in the Premier-Liga, and first at home since 8 April. It could have been worse – Alan Chochiev also missed a 69th-minute penalty for the visitors.

Wolfsburg 6-0 Werder Bremen (Alejandro Gálvez og 11, Kruse 44 87, Vieirinha 56, Guilavogui 67, Dost 78)
The Wolves ran riot as they made it 29 Bundesliga home games unbeaten, since a 6-1 reverse against Bayern München on 8 March 2014.

2009: Miloš Krasić stunner downs Wolfsburg

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Wolfsburg: WLLWLW

Reporter's view: Richard van Poortvliet (@UEFAcomRichVP)
CSKA's air of invincibility has evaporated domestically. Since their matchday four reverse at Old Trafford, the Army Men have lost twice – their only two defeats of the Russian season. Slutski knows his side are well below par, with a small squad competing on so many fronts and injuries playing a part. By contrast, confidence is sky-high in the Wolfsburg camp following a 6-0 dismissal of Werder Bremen at the weekend.

Did you know?
Wolfsburg beat CSKA in their first UEFA Champions League fixture on 15 September 2009. Grafite hit a hat-trick for Armin Veh's hosts, Alan Dzagoev netting for a CSKA team coached by Juande Ramos; find out more in our extensive match background.