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Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Robin van Persie scored his second Champions League goal as Arsenal registered their first draw in the group stages against Borussia Dortmund.

Aston Villa
Midfielder Stiliyan Petrov has been delighted with Aston Villa's start to the season under Alex McLeish and hopes to contribute more goals.

Blackburn Rovers striker Ruben Rochina is confident that they have a good team that can defeat Arsenal in the Premier League clash on Saturday.

Bolton Wanderers recruit Gael Kakuta is determined to find long-term success at Chelsea despite going out on loan for a second straight year.

David Luiz scored his first Champions League goal as Chelsea registered their first win in the group stages following the visit of Leverkusen.

David Moyes admits he is having to construct a new side from resources within cash-strapped Everton - but is pleased with the way it is going.

Zdenek Grygera is aiming to help Fulham to more European glory after being on the wrong end of their famous defeat of Juventus two years ago.

Director Damien Comolli believes Liverpool's current squad is so 'complete' that there are not currently areas under review for improvement.

Manchester City
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is excited by his Champions League challenge and does not believe players will be burdened by pressure.

Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson will not risk England defender Rio Ferdinand for Manchester United's opening Champions League game against Benfica in Lisbon.

Newcastle United
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew insists that he will not be looking to sign a free agent striker, as Hatem Ben Arfa has return to training.

Norwich City
Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson insists the Canaries firmly believe they can pick up a first win of the season in Saturday's trip to Bolton.

Queens Park Rangers
QPR manager Neil Warnock is confident Joey Barton will prove to be a successful skipper after he shone in the goalless draw with Newcastle.

Stoke City
Stoke City insist they have no major worries over the injury which ruled Jonathan Woodgate out of their clash with Liverpool at the weekend.

Sunderland defender Titus Bramble believes under-fire boss Steve Bruce is right to ease striker Connor Wickham into Premier League action.

Swansea City
Swansea City have revealed they are still waiting to find out when they will be cleared to play new signings Rafik Halliche and Darnel Situ.

Tottenham are making early plans for the winter market after it was claimed the club have made contact with Valencia regarding Ever Banega.

West Brom
West Bromwich Albion defender Gabriel Tamas will serve a three-match ban after the FA confirmed he had accepted a charge of violent conduct.

Wigan Athletic
Jonathan Williams scored his first Carling Cup goal as Crystal Palace eliminated Wigan from the competition following the tie at Selhurst Park.

Wolverhampton could be without the services of striker Steven Fletcher for their Premier League encounter against QPR due to a groin problem.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao striker Gaizka Toquero said an improved performance at the Cornella is not good enough if his side cannot bring back points.

Atletico Madrid
Joao Miranda said Atletico have the obligation to win at home and they are determined to take the tempo from the first minute against Celtic.


Espanyol midfielder Juan Albin has successfully underwent surgery for a torn tendon in his right leg and will be sidelined for three months.

Getafe defender Juan Valera has urged his side to take the same aggressive approach as they did against Real Madrid when they face Rayo next.

Granada goalkeeper Roberto believes his team are working well despite the 4-0 defeat to Malaga and believes their results will pick up soon.

Levante striker Arouna Kone is satisfied with two points so far, but knows his team will have to work harder when they take on Real Madrid.

Malaga defender Martin Demichelis has said that his team still need time to make everything run smoothly, despite their big win over Granada.

Osasuna defender Manuel Ortiz is happy with their good start to the season and insisted that they will be aiming for a result versus Barcelona.

Racing Santander
Racing striker Christian Stuani lamented the fact that he was unable to shine against Levante but believes he is combining well with Acosta.

Rayo Vallecano
Liverpool chief Damien Comolli insists Dani Pacheco is still in their plans and that they allowed him to join Rayo in order to see him play.

Real Betis
Real Betis manager Pepe Mel has announced that veteran striker Ruben Castro will be out of action for a month due to a torn ankle ligament.

Real Madrid
Kaka could miss the Champions League clash against Dinamo Zagreb, as the Real Madrid star was absent from his side's last training session.

Real Mallorca
Former Bilbao boss Joaquin Caparros has categorically denied that Real Mallorca have contacted him about replacing Michael Laudrup as manager.

Real Sociedad
Antoine Griezmann admits Real Sociedad came into the match with too much respect for Barcelona, before giving their all in the second half.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez is expecting a different game at home versus Espanyol, with his side translating their ideas better.

Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute completed most of the training conducted on Tuesday and looked likely to be available to take on Sociedad.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon defender Damian Suarez was satisfied with his performance against Osasuna and believes his team deserved more from the game.


Villarreal attacker Nilmar feels that a victory over German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League would boost the club's reputation.

Serie A

AS Roma
New signing Miralem Pjanic has revealed that he was not originally convinced by the AS Roma project until he spoke with coach Luis Enrique.

Atalanta striker Maxi Moralez declared that his team will soon overcome their 6-point penalty if they continue playing like they did at Genoa.

Bologna striker Marco Di Vaio conceded that his side were never aggressive against Fiorentina and always allowed the Viola to play their game.

Cagliari president Massimi Cellino said he made a move for Moestafa El Kabir because he is still cheap, but the striker needs time to grow.

Young Catania midfielder Fabio Sciacca is looking forward to the Cesena game after he featured against Siena and is hoping for a good year.

Bad news for Cesena manager Marco Giampaolo as goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli is sidelined for a month after picking up a left calf strain.

Chievo striker Sergio Pellissier are still angry about Novara's comeback and warned his side that there are unforgivable errors in Serie A.

Former Fiorentina defender Roberto Galbiati insists that Arsenal failed in their bid go land Fiorentina youngster Stevan Jovetic last month.

It was reported that Chelsea coach Andres Villas-Boas are on the trail of Genoa defender Diego Polenta, who is currently out on loan at Bari.

Inter Milan
Gian Piero Gasperini insists that it is far too simplistic to pin Inter's problems on the 3-4-3 system, but admits he needs the right balance.

Juventus are reportedly set to make a January offer for Man City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov, who has struggled to maintain a regular spot.

Lazio director Igli Tare is satisfied with their market activities, but it remains to be seen whether or not they made the right decisions.

Lecce midfielder Djamel Mesbah admits they are facing an even more difficult task following the injury to experienced defender Massimo Oddo.

Coach Walter Mazzarri admits Napoli are nervous heading into the Man City clash but believes the feeling will disappear after a few minutes.

Novara sports director Mauro Pederzoli admits he has scouted Cristian Andres Ona before, but denied a January offer for the Inter youngster.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini revealed that they intend to sell Federico Balzaretti to Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season.

Parma coach Franco Colomba said the only way his team can forget about the defeat to Juventus is by putting on a good display against Chievo.

Emmanuel Calaio admits Siena should have made better use of their chances against Catania, but believes it was a positive display by his side.

Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin concedes it was impossible to keep Alexis Sanchez at the Friuli after a club like Barcelona make an approach.