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Raheem Sterling leads cast of five new Champions League stars (1)

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It's very nearly time to hear the famous Champions League theme tune again as 32 teams begin to do battle in the competition's group stages, but it's a fair criticism of Europe's elite club tournament that at times it all becomes a bit familiar.

The draw for this season's version certainly didn't help matters, with Arsenal drawing Borussia Dortmund for a third season running, while Manchester City are up against Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow they also faced last year.

Liverpool's return to Europe's top table is one of the new reasons you need to set your sights further afield than simply watching Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid pummel sides into submission over the next six matchdays though.

Brendan Rodgers has an exciting attacking blend that if anywhere near their very best should bring a breath of fresh air to the competition, with a last 16 place very much up for grabs.

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Roma are also a very exciting addition to this week's round of fixtures, with a brilliant blend of youth and experience marshalled by Serie A's bright new thing in Rudi Garcia.

The likes of Manchester United and AC Milan are missing from the Champions League, but have created a power vacuum which gives a whole host of sides genuine ambitions of qualifying if their stars adapt quickly the rigours of playing three high-level games a week.

With the theme of finding out if fresh talent has what it takes to play in Europe here are five players that definitely deserve your attention when scanning through 16 games a week.

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