Benaglio ready for Champions League

VfL Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio believes the club are better equipped to deal with the demands of the Champions League than they were in 2009/10.

The long-serving Benaglio was part of Die Wölfe side that usurped Bayern München to the Bundesliga title in the 2008/09 season and is adamant the current squad is more capable of handling Europe, despite only finishing second last term.

Last time out, Wolfsburg failed to progress past the group stage, something the shot-stopper does not believe will be a problem in this campaign.

"Compared to our participation [in 2009/10], we are more solid as a unit," he told a press conference. "I am convinced we can survive the group."

The German club has once again been paired with CSKA Moscow, who they beat 3-1 in the Russian capital in 2009 and Benaglio is hoping for a repeat of that performance this season.

"With a similar result to that in the opening game, we can do very well," he added. "We need two or three more points than last time."

Head coach Dieter Hecking will lead a team in the Champions League for the first time in his career and is excited about the prospect of taking on some of the best teams and managers in Europe

Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking is looking forward to pitting his wits against some of his leading European counterparts.

"We have worked and earned participation in the Champions League with an outstanding last season," he said.

"The first Champions League game is certainly a special turning point in the career of a coach."

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