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Arsene Wenger gets ready to lead his side into the Champions League Group of Death. Shikharr Chandra looks at what the Gunners will face in the group stages.

 Shikharr Chandra
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Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund


Performance in last year's tournament: Finalists, lost to Bayern Munich 2-1.

How they qualified this year: Finished second in Bundesliga.

The Manager

One of the most zealous figures in football today, Jurgen Klopp is no stranger to the Champions League stage. The German has become a household name and is now considered to be one of the finest managers in European Football. He made his managerial debut with Mainz, where he plied his trade as a player for several years and managed the club for seven seasons wherein he guided them back to Bundesliga as well as won them a UEFA Cup spot.

In May 2008, Klopp took over at Dortmund guiding them to a German Super Cup win in his first season. With Borussia Dortmund, Klopp won the league in 2011 and 2012 also guiding the yellow and blacks to a famous trip to Wembley last season in the Champions League final where his side ended up losing.

Formation and Tactics

4-2-3-1

The German giants will look to continue with their 4-2-3-1 formation with Robert Lewandowski leading the line. The trio of Pierre Aubameyang, Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will provide the support for Lewandowski with all three comfortable in interchanging positions. Bender and Nuri Sahin will play in the double pivot providing support to both attack and defense. The experienced partnership of Matts Hummels and Neven Subotic in the center of the defense alongside Schmelzer and Grosskreutz makes up for a decent back four.

Expectations:

Last year's finalists will be hoping that they can continue their rich Champions League form and finish top of the group. Although Napoli and Arsenal will be the teams posing the more serious threat, qualification to the next stage is what will be expected from Klopp's side and anything less than that will be considered a failure.
Borussia Dortmund
  Man to Watch - Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Armenian joined the German outfit for €25 million this summer and was seen as an ideal replacement to Mario Gotze who left the club for Bayern Munich. The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has settled in brilliantly to life at Germany after a slow start due to injuries by scoring three goals in four appearances and his partnership alongside Marco Reus and Aubameyang is posing to be a serious threat to the opposition defenses. Mkhitaryan is capable of playing both behind the striker as well as on the wings and his versatility can be a huge asset for Dortmund.


Napoli
Napoli


Performance in last year's tournament: Did not play

How they qualified this year: Finished second in the Serie A behind Juventus. Qualified automatically

The Manager

One of the most experienced and respected managers in European football today, Rafael Benitez gets set to begin a new journey in his illustrious career with Italian side Napoli. After guiding Chelsea to Europa League last season, Benitez will be hoping he can continue his excellent European form that has seen him win four European trophies including the famous Champions League truimph of Istanbul with Liverpool.

Formation and Tactics

4-2-3-1

After sepnding more than 50 million in the summer, Napoli's side will feature a lot of new faces including the former Real Madrid striker Higuain in place of Edison Cavani who made a move to PSG in the summer. Hamsik, Callejon and Insigne form the trio behind the Argentine striker. Gokhan Inler and Behrami playing the anchormen in the midfield. The experienced defense including Raul Albiol, Pepe Reina, Christian Maggio makes a strong backline.The addition ofRaul Albiol and Pepe Reina has added more steel at the back.

Expectations:

One of the highest spenders of this transfer window, Napoli will be hopeful of qualification to the next round despite the pressure coming from Arsenal and Dortmund. The group of death is surely hard to judge and any two of Dortmund, Arsenal and Napoli will favour their chances for qualification to the next round.

Napoli
  Man to Watch - Gonzalo Higuain

One of the most sought after strikers in the last transfer window, Gonzalo Higuain decided to join Napoli despite a strong interest from Arsenal. The Argentine striker has scored numerous important goals for Real Madrid and has started strongly in Italy as his side are on top of the table in the domestic league.


Olympique de Marseille
Olympique De Marseille

Performance in last year's tournament:  Did not feature.

How they qualified this year: Finished second in Ligue 1.

The Manager

Taking over from present France boss Didier Deschamps in 2012, Elie Baup helped his side side finish second in the league.

Baup started his managerial career with Saint-Etienne but it was in Bordeaux that he made a name for himself by winning the League. He was fired in 2003 and since then has had short spells with Saint-Etienne, Nantes and Toulouse

Formation and Tactics

4-2-3-1

Elie Baup's side will look to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with the excellent Pierre Gignac leading the line. Florent Thauvin, Mathieu Valbuena and Payet will play the supporting role for Gignac. The full-backs Fanni and Morel will look to charge during the counter attacks whereas Mendes and N'Kolou make a strong center back pairing who can be dangerous during set pieces.

Expectations:


Of all the four clubs in the group, Marseille seem to be the weakest of the lot. Qualification to the next round will be a little tough but a Europa League spot would be a decent achievement for the French side.
Olympique de Marseille
  Man to Watch - Andre-Pierre Gignac

The former Toulouse forward has made an excellent start to the season by scoring three goals in five games so far. Gignac who was close to joining Newcastle United a few years back has seen tough times at Marseille but is settling in well now and his goal scoring ability could trouble the back line of the elite clubs in the group.

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