CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan relishing Barcelona battle

Marco Reus and Javier Zanetti are looking forward to taking on Barcelona after Thursday's Champions League group stage draw.

Dortmund and Inter relishing Barcelona battle

Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan are relishing taking on Barcelona in this season's Champions League group stage following Thursday's draw. The three clubs were paired alongside Czech champions Slavia Prague in Group F, with the action set to get under way in mid-September.

Reus buzzing about Barcelona encounters

Dortmund captain Reus said he and his team-mates had been hoping to draw LaLiga holders Barça, who have not reached the final in any of the past four years. "A few of us from the team were stood together at breakfast this morning and we all agreed that we'd love to draw Barcelona," Reus said on UEFA's official website. "Buzzing that it's actually happened! Obviously the group is extremely difficult; we're coming up against teams who we've not tested ourselves against in recent years. The games against Barcelona will have a party atmosphere for us and our fans! We believe in our quality and our aim is to go through."

Zanetti feeling confident

Serie A side Inter have been drawn in the same group as Barcelona for the second successive season. Inter finished third behind group winners BarÇa last season, but Nerazzurri vice-president Javier Zanetti feels they can thrive under new head coach Antonio Conte.

"Barcelona have played an important role in the Champions League for a very long time, they have players of extraordinary value but there are also two other strong opponents in the group," Zanetti told Inter's official website. "We will have to play our cards and see what happens out on the field. We are a well-built team, we have bought experienced players and we must aim to put in a good group stage to get through to the Round of 16. We have the conditions to do well, wewill be facing great teams but we are Inter".