Real Madrid's Marco Asensio is out v APOEL with a freak injury

"Players such as Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford need to recognise that this is the competition when you really get recognised, when you really need to step up", he added.

Forward Cristiano Ronaldo is available for the holders as he serves a domestic suspension for pushing a referee.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal in a friendly between Real Madrid and Fiorentina. With the squad not undergoing so much changes during the transfer window, they would fall on the same old faces and experience to deliver their results this season; Ajen Robben, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Rober Lewandowski.

Marco Asensio will miss Real Madrid's Champions League opener at home to APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday night after bizarrely picking up an infection after shaving his legs. The German side won 5-1 on aggregate.

Back in the Champions League, Chelsea could be considered one of the European heavyweights and if they can overcome the obstacles in Group C in the form of Atletico Madrid, Roma and Qarabag, Moses might start dreaming of getting his hands on the Champions League title. A Champions League title will guarantee that. They have also only kept five clean sheets in those 36 matches. New signing Alexander Kolarov brings some good experience to the table as he has had stints in the competition with Manchester City.

Both Manchester clubs have the necessary squad depth and coaches with impressive European pedigrees, with Manchester United boss José Mourinho bidding to become the first man to win the Champions League with three different clubs. This is not going to change anytime soon, we know what we have to do to start this Champions league campaign off well. Juventus lost last season's final to Real Madrid and hasn't won the Champions League since 1996.

The Portuguese scored 10 goals from the quarter-finals on last season as Zidane's rotation policy left him far fresher and freer of injuries than in previous years.

One of the biggest draws of the Champions League is the fact the world's brightest stars are all on display, fighting each other for the tag of the tournament's top scorer.

History shows that Madrid hardly get upset at home against any team, let alone minnows, so there is no reason to believe they will not thrash the Cypriots.

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