Bundesliga winners Wolfsburg will be making their Champions League debut when they take on CSKA Moscow in the opening round of Group B fixtures.
Armin Veh, Wolfsburg coach sees tonight’s game as an opportunity for his players to demonstrate that they are at home at the highest level.
“We are very glad to play in the Champions League because the best teams in Europe play there and we want to compare ourselves with them,” he said.
“We want to show that we can keep up. I am sure we will win tomorrow. I don’t know how CSKA will play because they have a new coach and he made a lot of changes in the last game they played in the Russian league. They have a very experienced team with a lot of players who are playing in their national teams.
“Edin Dzeko is a player who could play from the beginning in every match, but I have a lot of other good players so it could be that he sits on the bench. It is important is that my players do not play in the Champions League to swap jerseys with the other team, but because they want to win.
Juande Ramos, who last week replaced Zico at the helm of CSKA Moscow, is confident his side can defeat the German champions.
“The team is in a very good physical shape,” said the Spaniard. “I can’t say so much because I have only been the coach for four days, but everything I saw in training today was very good.
“Any teams that play in the Champions League have to be very good and have very strong players, but we have watched Wolfsburg, know their strengths and weaknesses, and we are confident that we are good enough to beat them, even though they have developed and added some players since last season.
“The fact that I am new here is not a big issue. The players know they have a responsibility to have a good UEFA Champions League season.