Locomotiv Moscow of Russia defender Bryan Idowu insists the team must be at their best to scale through from a tough Champions League group that has Italian giants, Juventus, Atletico Madrid of Spain and German club, Bayern Munich, reports Completesports.com.
”The group is very cool. It will be difficult to get out of it, so you need to make every effort,”Idowu who is part of Nigeria’s 24-man squad for next month’s friendly encounter against Ukraine told Locomotiv Moscow official website.
Aside from Idowu, a number of Nigerian players will also feature in the lucrative group stage of the competition.
Victor Osimhen’s Lille will face two former champions, Chelsea and Ajax Amsterdam in Group H. Valencia of Spain are the other team in the group.
David Okereke and Emmanuel Dennis’ Club Brugge of Belgium will be up against Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and Galatasaray in Group A.
Peter Olayinka and his Slavia Prague’s teammates are pooled in Group F along with Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan
The duo of Paul Onuachu and Stephen Odey represents Nigeria interest in Group E, where Genk are grouped alongside Liverpool, Napoli and Salzburg.
Tyronne Ebuehi’s team, Benfica of Portugal are in group G along with Zenit, Lyon and RB Leipzig.
Former U-23 Eagles star Iyayi Atiemwien Believe will campaign with Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb who are in Group C with Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City and Atalanta.
Group stage draw in full
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