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Regardless of roster changes, last season's UEFA Champions League runner up Atletico Madrid remain as one of the favourites to go to the finals again. Greece’s Olympiacos – second in Group C last season before eventually falling in the Round of 16 – have other things in mind, as Olympiacos manager Miguel Gonzalez hopes to keep Atletico Madrid from notching their first win when they collide on September 17, 02:45 (GMT+8) in the Group A action.
Borussia Dortmund take Arsenal on September 17, 02:45 (GMT+8) in the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League Group D action, where they are joined by Galatasaray and Anderlecht. The visiting English side are looking to repeat their November 7 performance at Signal-Iduna Park wherein the Gunners outclassed the host team en route to a 0-1 away victory. Last season, Arsenal only made it to the Round of 16, while Borussia Dortmund went as far as the quarterfinals.
French side Paris Saint Germain will collide with Dutch powerhouse and Eredivisie defending champion AFC Ajax on September 18, 02:45 (GMT+8) in Group F of the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League, to be held at the Amsterdam ArenA. Last season, PSG ruled Group C with a 4-1-1 slate, going as far as the quarterfinals before bowing to Chelsea. Ajax, on the other hand, finished Group H last season with a 2-2-2 card.
Chelsea, without a doubt, are one of the favourites in the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League. Lodged at Group G, the English side mentored by Jose Mourinho are set to clash with the struggling German side Schalke 04. Chelsea won the last two duels with Schalke. In both matches, Chelsea netted thrice, opposite Schalke’s scoreless performance on both occasions. Can Chelsea make it three in a row? Match is on September 18, 02:45 (GMT+8).
German champions Bayern Munchen are set to vindicate themselves after faltering in the semifinals of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League when they begin their campaign for the new season, and their first test is the English side Manchester City, ousted in the Round of 16 last season by Spanish side FC Barcelona. Manchester City won their most recent duel with Bayern Munchen via a 2-3 scoreline. Match is on September 18, 02:45 (GMT+8).