Posted: Monday September 16, 2013 7:05 AM

Bayern kicks off Champions League defense at home

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MUNICH (AP) - Bayern Munich begins the defense of its Champions League title against CSKA Moscow with warning words from the club's sporting director ringing in the players' ears.

Unprecedented success last season has been followed by an underwhelming start under new coach Pep Guardiola - by Bayern's own lofty standards - prompting Mattias Sammer to warn against complacency ahead of the Russian league leader's visit on Tuesday.

Bayern is attempting to become the first team since 1990 to defend the European Cup but Sammer says "If we don't start ticking off the titles we won ...''

Czech champion Viktoria Plzen hosts Manchester City in Group D's other match, with the visitors aiming for improvement under new coach Manuel Pellegrini.

The Chilean led Malaga to the quarterfinals last season.

 
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