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Dutch champions Ajax open their Champions league campaign on Wednesday with a tricky test away to Barcelona.
The Catalan side have yet to lose so far this season and have only lost twice at home this year, to Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, yet despite their tag as underdogs Ajax defender Niklas Moisander insists his side will go all out to get a result.
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“Barcelona is three, four levels higher than our opponents in the league,” Moisander told Nusport.
“We are not afraid of a beating, we are going to really try and get something there.
“You should always believe in sensation.”
With Celtic and AC Milan also in the group, Ajax face a tough task to make the knockout stages but their hopes have received with a boost with Daley Blind, Ricardo van Rhijn, Thulani Serero and Joel Veltman all fit to feature.
Frank De Boer rested Bojan, Christian Poulsen, and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and he likely to recall the trio although Siem de Jong is set to miss out despite making his comeback from a collapsed lung in the weekends win over league leaders PEC Zwolle.
Barcelona will head into the game without their roving left back Jordi Alba after he picked up a hamstring injury in 3-2 win over Sevilla on Saturday, while Carles Puyol, back training after a knee injury and Ibrahim Afellay are also set to miss out.
Barcelona needed an injury time winner to over Sevilla after letting a two goal lead slip and Lionel Messi reckons Barcelona face another against the Dutch side on Wednesday.
“It’s a difficult group, but we knew that would be the case. It’s very difficult to win the Champions League – it’s already hard from the start,” he told UEFA.com.
“I think the groups are very even, very balanced, so there will be some great games. We hope to play at our best level to be able to qualify.
“There are top-class, historic teams in our group – big names. Teams that we’ve faced before, so we know them a bit. Maybe not so with Ajax, but we’ve watched them. It’s an exciting group.”