UEFA Champions League Preview: Bayern vs. CSKA Moscow

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Updated: September 12, 2013
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Eager and determined to defend their title, Bayern Munchen is all set to secure their victory in matchday one against the hopeful, CSKA Moscow. Online betting odds favor Bayern based on their performance last season and of course, in the domestic league.

 

 

Bayern Munchen

Expectations remain high for the incumbent Champions League titleholder. Caught in the middle is Pep Guardiola, who once led Barcelona into 2 Champions League trophy and uis currently, on the verge of helping Bayern do the same. The pressure is on for the club’s head honcho as he is out on a mission to strengthen Bayern’s campaign this season.

 
Crowned as champions of the last season, Bayern had an automatic participation in the tournament. However, long before it clinched the coveted silverware, the squad needed to overcome the likes of Valencia, BATE Borisov and Lille.

 

In the round of 16, Bayern faced Arsenal in a two-legged playoffs. The initial encounter saw them ran away with a 3-1 triumph in their favor. However, the Gunners humiliated them in their own soul with a 2-0 win. Fortunately, their aggregate score is more than enough to qualify in the quarterfinals and face Juventus.

 

The mighty Juventus did everything to outclass the German side. But the latter refused to have an early exit.
During the semis, Bayern faced Barcelona. Pitted against the tournament’s heavy favorites, the Bavarians defied all expectations and even scored 2 consecutive victories to book their way to the final where they meet Bundesliga archrival, Borussia Dortmund.

 

In what could have been a “penalty-decided” match, Arjen Robben scored the club’s crucial goal to take home the coveted Champions League title.

 

CSKA Moscow

CSKA earned their Champions League berth after topping Russia’s top-flight league last season. Their participation in the tournament serves as their redemption after failing to qualify during the 2012/13 competition.

 

The most recent Champions League appearance that the club has was in 2011/12 where Real Madrid forced them to have an early exit in the round of 16.

 

The Verdict: Early exit for CSKA Moscow

There is no doubt that Bayern is primed for defending their title. With their impressive performance in the domestic league, Guardiola’s is already done with the transition phase. The club is synced and determined to bag another major title under its belt.

 

Although Bayern is in a “tougher” group, only Manchester City and Viktoria Plzen are the club’s main concern. CSKA, however, may put up a down the wire match. Yet, it does not guarantee that they shall survive the tournament.

 

 

Match Date: 17 September 2013 (local time)

Venue: Allianz Arena

 

 

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