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CSKA Moscow play host to Hamburg with both sides chasing their first victory in Group G.

CSKA opened their campaign with a draw at Porto, and coach Valeri Gazzaev shrugged off the importance of the 2-1 weekend defeat at home to city rivals Lokomotiv.

“The Champions League is a totally different tournament and in Russia we are still first,” he said.

“It’s good that we lost, our players won’t be relaxed. The emotion against Hamburg will be much higher than against Lokomotiv and the defeat will not affect our players mentally – I have no doubt about that.

“We only need a victory. To progress from the group a team must have about eight points. We have one and we must now earn the remaining seven.”

Gazzaev has a near full-strength squad to choose from, as he looks to increase the pressure on a Hamburg side struggling in the Bundesliga.

“Hamburg may be 14th in the Bundesliga, but they are a very strong team and have lost only once in the league,” Gazzaev said. “The Germans have some individually strong players and we shouldn’t forget that Thomas Doll is a young and very ambitious coach.”

Hamburg coach Thomas Doll has been by injuries, notably to Thimothee Atouba and Rafael van der Vaart. However, Doll welcomes back Juan Pablo Sorín’s from a calf problem.

“He’s a very important player for us,” Doll told “He’s calm on the ball and can dictate the rhythm.”

Despite the problems Doll was in upbeat mood.

“We played a good first half against Bremen and were the better team,” he said.

“We played as a team and worked well for each other. Now it is important to win back the points we lost against Arsenal.”

Probable teams:
Igor Akinfeev; Vassili Berezutski, Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksei Berezutski, Yuri Zhirkov; Evgeni Aldonin, Elvir Rahimic, Daniel Carvalho, Miloš Krasic; Vágner Love, Ivica Olic.

Stefan Wachter; Joris Mathijsen, Vincent Kompany, Bastian Reinhardt, Mehdi Mahdavikia/Guy Demel; Juan Pablo Sorín, Piotr Trochowski, Nigel de Jong, David Jarolím; Danijel Ljuboja, Boubacar Sanogo.

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