Lopetegui makes his return three months after being fired as Spain’s coach. AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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Kovac, Lopetegui begin quests for Champions League gloryCoaches with something to prove kick off their Champions League seasons Wednesday. Bayern Munich's Niko Kovac will be coaching in Europe's top competition for the first time, while Real Madrid's Julen Lopetegui makes his return three months after being fired as coach of Spain on the eve of the World Cup.Pep Guardiola is aiming to lift Manchester City to a higher level in Europe, while across town Manchester United's Jose Mourinho will try yet again to become the first coach to win the European Cup/Champions League with three different clubs.Kovac, who coached Croatia at the 2014 World Cup, will get his first taste of Champions League action when Bayern Munich plays at Benfica.Twice a Champions League winner with Barcelona, Guardiola failed to add another in three years at Bayern Munich.Much has changed for Real Madrid since winning a third straight Champions League title four months ago.Mourinho can still become the first coach to win Europe's top club competition with three different clubs, nine seasons after his last title.
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