Barcelona Wary Of Bayern Backlash

•April 7, 2009 • No Comments

30113220-bayern-munich1Barcelona might like to think that a Bayern Munich side smarting from a 5-1 humiliation at the weekend will pose no threat to their Champions League ambitions.

Coach Pep Guardiola, however, believes such a result is dangerous as his team prepare to meet the German champions in the first leg of their quarter-final at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

“League form has nothing to do with the Champions League, but in my opinion it is the worst possible result for us,” Guardiola said.

The Independent

Pires Targets Win Over Gunners

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Robert Pires is confident Villarreal can knock his former club Arsenal out of the UEFA Champions League.

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Benitez Expects Gerrard To Be Fit For Chelsea

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Rafa Benitez expects Steven Gerrard to be fit for Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League clash with Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Gerrard was replaced in injury-time during the Reds’ last-gasp win over Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday.

The midfielder was suffering from a tight groin and his late substitution placed a question mark over his availability for the quarter-final; however, Reds boss Benitez is optimistic that the injury will not be serious enough to keep his captain out of Chelsea’s vist to Anfield.

“Steven had some problems, but I think he will be okay for Wednesday,” said Benitez. “He was a little bit tired and he felt something a bit tight. We will see.”

Benitez has also played down speculation that he is lining up Palermo youngster Simon Kjaer as a possible replacement for Daniel Agger.

Rumours claim that Kjaer is on the Reds’ radar, but Benitez has rejected rumours of a possible £11m bid, which would trigger an exit clause in the 20-year-old’s Palermo contract.

“I can only say that Simon Kjaer is not on our agenda at the moment,” the former Valencia boss told Stadionews24. “I can say that if Daniel Agger were to leave, we are not planning to bring him as a replacement.”

Meanwhile, Kjaer’s agent, Mikkel Bekk, insists he has not received contact from Juventus regarding his client.

He said: “Juventus? I don’t think so. I have read this news. I think that they are only rumours, I haven’t received any calls from Juventus.

Soccernet

United Set To Welcome Back Suspended Trio

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6643681Manchester United welcome back Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes to their Champions League squad for Tuesday’s match against Porto at Old Trafford after they were suspended from domestic action at the weekend.

Manager Alex Ferguson’s prospects of establishing a healthy quarterfinal first leg lead over Porto would be enhanced further if centre-back Rio Ferdinand shakes off a back injury to play. However, Ferguson will be without striker Dimitar Berbatov who has an ankle injury.

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Come In Carlo - Roman Goes For Ancelotti After Giving Up On Guus

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ancelotti_milan_12_ap300x200Roman Abramovich has identified Carlo Ancelotti as the next manager of Chelsea after conceding he will not be able to keep Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of this season.

Abramovich has informed Chelsea’s players of the political complications in trying to extract Hiddink permanently from his role as coach of Russia before next year’s World Cup. The players stunned their Russian billionaire owner by urging him to bring back Jose Mourinho.

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Torres Dazzled By Euro Vision

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Fernando Torres wants Euro glory even more than a Premier League winners medal.

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Anelka Loves Liverpool

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nicolas-anelka_1239153c1The nomadic French striker claims the Reds got the best out of him during a loan spell between December 2001 and the end of the season.

Anelka, 30, has 21 goals for Chelsea so far this season. He said: “I played my best football at Liverpool because I played in my best position.

“There was Michael Owen, who’s a natural goalscorer, and Emile Heskey, who sets lots of things up for you.

“The three of us complemented each other.

“I played as a centre-forward at Arsenal and scored lots of goals so everyone thinks that’s my best position but I don’t.

“My main aim is to play well and that’s where I differ from real strikers.

“If in a game I scored after 85 minutes I wouldn’t be happy.

“My relationship with English football is a love story. England is a wonderful country.

“I’ve lived in France, Spain and Turkey but England is the place where I’m happiest.”

(Source: The Sun)

Fed Express

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56_fergfed_280x390_775428a Fergie claims the teenager’s stoppage-time goal to beat Aston Villa will be the defining moment of the season as his side chase an amazing Quintuple.

The United boss said: “That goal has just galvanised the club. There will be an adrenalin rush and players like Cristiano Ronaldo will, hopefully, now go into overdrive.

“There is that sense of the big occasion now. Every game is now big.

“Sunday was a defining moment. We’re still in with a chance of winning three more competitions.”

United have already lifted the Carling Cup and the Club World Cup.

They are now a point clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League after beating Villa 3-2 on Sunday, face Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals and meet Porto in the Champions League quarter-final, first leg tonight.

Macheda’s injury-time winner against Villa came on his first appearance for the senior team.

Now the 17-year-old Italian forward, nicknamed Kiko, has played his way into Ferguson’s squad for tonight’s showdown with Porto at Old Trafford.

Fergie said: “I think he will be involved on the bench. I’ve got Wayne Rooney back which is a big bonus but, yes, it’s difficult to leave him out, isn’t it?”

United will be looking to tighten up at the back after Sunday’s ding-dong thriller with Villa at Old Trafford.

Centre-half Rio Ferdinand could return from a back injury, while defensive partner Nemanja Vidic is back from a ban.

Paul Scholes is also available after missing the Villa game through suspension.

(Source: The Sun)

Valencia’s Fernandes Discovers Bone Fracture After Game

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m-fValencia midfielder Manuel Fernandes will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his shin bone against Getafe, the Primera Liga club said on Monday.

The Portugal international said he felt a pain near his left ankle after 15 minutes of Sunday’s 4-1 win at the Mestalla, but still managed to complete the game unaware of the extent of the injury.

“I was able to play on because it didn’t hurt that much,” Fernandes was quoted  as he left Valencia’s training ground on crutches on Monday.

The bone fracture was discovered after a medical examination on Monday morning. Valencia doctor Antonio Giner said the player suffered a blow to the leg during the game, and explained how Fernandes was able to continue without too many problems.

“He has a large muscle mass that held the bone in place, and in his case the shin is not heavily loaded,”

The 23-year-old will undergo surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be ready in time to start pre-season training with the rest of the squad for the 2009-10 campaign.

It is a blow for Valencia coach Unai Emery with his side chasing a place in next year’s Champions League. They are fifth in the standings, two points off the top four and the qualification slots.

(Source: Reuters)

Federico Macheda’s Father Reveals How The Manchester United Prodigy Saved His Family From Poverty

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Man United wonderkid Federico Macheda’s proud dad has revealed how his son’s move to England saved his family from a life of poverty.

When the 17-year-old scored his sensational injury time winner against Aston Villa on Sunday, he ran straight into the arms of dad Pasquale in the Old Trafford crowd.

And after the thrilling game Pasquale told how the call from Man United scouts to sign the teen-ager came in the nick of time two years ago.

He said: “It was hard to pay the bills and we had been worrying about having enough money to get to the end of the month.

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Manchester United Are Shameful & Unethical - Lazio President Claudio Lotito

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lotitoLazio president Claudio Lotito has blasted Manchester United, accusing them of blackmailing families with cash rewards to persuade rising talents to sign with the club.

The verbal attack came less than 24 hours after former Lazio youth product Federico Macheda scored a last-gasp winner against Aston Villa on Sunday to fire United back to the top of the Premier League table.

Macheda joined the Red Devils in 2007 from Lazio. The Roman club were unable to offer the player a professional contract because Italian law states a player has to be 18 to sign such a document.

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Fiorentina Striker Mutu Faces 40 Days Out Following Knee Surgery

•April 6, 2009 • No Comments

mutuFiorentina have confirmed Adrian Mutu will be out between 30-40 days following knee surgery on Monday morning.

The Romanian international was in Rome’s Villa Stuart where he was seen to by professor Pierpaolo Mariani who carried out surgery to his meniscus in his left knee. The operation has been a success, but Mutu will have to go back for further tests in seven days as a precaution.

A statement on the club’s official website read, “Fiorentina communicates that the arthroscopy on Adrian Mutu showed a partial meniscus injury.

“In seven days a further examination will be carried out and the recovery is estimated to be around 30-40 days.”

It’s not good news for Fiorentina. The hitman will miss key games including the clash against Roma in three weeks. The game could be a play-off for fourth place as both teams continue to fight Genoa for the last Champions League slot.

(Source: Goal.com)

Franck Ribery: In Focus

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Franck Ribery With His Wife Wahiba.

Police: No Charges Against Robinho

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robinho2Manchester City striker Robinho will not face police charges following allegations of a serious sexual assault made in January.

The Brazil international attended a pre-arranged interview with West Yorkshire Police following the allegations and answered questions relating to an alleged incident at Space nightclub in Leeds. He strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

A spokesperson from West Yorkshire Police said: “Following a report of a serious sexual assault that occurred at a nightclub in Leeds on January 14, 2009, the matter was investigated and a man was arrested and released on police bail.

“A file was submitted to the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) who decided that no further action should be taken.”

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