Group B Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
Juande Ramos is keen to make home advantage count against Besiktas and for his CSKA Moscow side to register their first points of this year’s Champions League campaign
“My [coaching] team and I were quick to adapt to Russian life and Russian football thanks to the people around us at CSKA,” said the Spaniard. “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 Besiktas 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.”
Besiktas coach Mustafa Denizli is hoping that his side can end their goal drought against CSKA.
“We planned to start the Champions League with a victory but, just like CSKA, we lost our first match,” he said. “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.”