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September 18, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
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Napoli - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Runners-up travel to Benitez's new side

Jurgen Klopp's outfit travel to Naples to kick off their Champions League campaign with thoughts of the final defeat behind them but it will not be easy against the Partenopei

Borussia Dortmund begin their Champions League campaign with a tough trip to Napoli following their defeat in the final last season.

The Bundesliga club upset the odds to reach the Wembley showdown in May, overcoming Real Madrid in the semi-final before seeing their dreams of glory shattered by German rivals Bayern Munich.

Jurgen Klopp's side also finished runners-up to Bayern domestically but, despite losing key player Mario Gotze to their rivals, many consider Dortmund to possess a significantly stronger squad this term.

The arrivals of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have helped them reel off five Bundesliga wins on the bounce at the start of the campaign but they travel to Naples on Wednesday with a relatively poor record against Italian opposition.

From their 27 matches, they have won nine and lost 14 and, although Napoli were defeated in each of their two previous home matches in Europe, the Partenopei have not suffered a Serie A loss at the Stadio San Paolo in 2013, winning 10 of their 12 fixtures.

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The visitors warmed up for their journey to Italy with a brilliant 6-2 win over Hamburg and Marco Reus, who grabbed their fifth, is feeling positive about the team's prospects.

He told the Bundesliga's official website: "We didn't give up at 2-2 and demanded more of ourselves - now we focus on the Champions League.

"More intensity like that over a full 90 minutes and we'll be difficult to beat. I've got my rhythm and confidence back. All I care about is football, I love it, and I love this team. Now on to Napoli."

Like their opponents on Wednesday, Napoli also had the misfortune of seeing their star player depart in the close-season as Edinson Cavani joined Paris Saint-Germain.

However, with the help of the Uruguayan's €64 million (£53.7m) price-tag, they were able to bring in a plethora of reinforcements, including Real Madrid trio Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Callejon and Raul Albiol, as well as Dries Mertens, Pablo Armero and Duvan Zapata.

Benitez's men go into their opener full of confidence after picking up a maximum nine points from their opening three matches, with their most recent outing seeing them comfortably dispose of Atalanta at home.

The Spanish boss has history in this competition, having led Premier League club Liverpool to the crown against the odds in 2005.


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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
5Miguel Angel BritosDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
85Valon BehramiMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
7José Callejón Striker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
24Lorenzo InsigneStriker
1RafaelGoalkeeper
-Pablo ArmeroDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
16Giandomenico MestoMidfielder
20Blerim DzemailiMidfielder
14Dries MertensStriker
19Goran PandevStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
10Henrikh MkhitaryanMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
21Oliver KirchMidfielder
-Koray GünterDefender
37Erik DurmDefender
7Jonas HofmannMidfielder
17Pierre-Emerick AubameyangStriker
23Julian SchieberStriker
Results
Group A Matchday 1
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2