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Quick feet: Linfield’s Bastien Hery takes on Lounseny Kalissa

Quick feet: Linfield’s Bastien Hery takes on Lounseny Kalissa

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Full strength: Blues new boy Christy Manzinga attempts to hold off Tre Fiori’s Lounseny Kalissa

Full strength: Blues new boy Christy Manzinga attempts to hold off Tre Fiori’s Lounseny Kalissa

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Mark Stafford

Mark Stafford

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Quick feet: Linfield’s Bastien Hery takes on Lounseny Kalissa

Linfield have kicked off this season's Champions League with a bang and defender Mark Stafford says the players are living the dream.

In his early career, the 32-year-old former Ballinamallard United ace never thought he would be part of a Linfield squad going up against Europe's elite.

But David Healy's side reached the Europa League play-offs last year after losing their Champions League first round qualifier against Rosenborg and the Premiership champions are now winning games and admirers on the continent again.