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Friday, September 16, 2011


Midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted he left Arsenal because he did not want to be at a club that does not compete for major honours anymore.

Aston Villa
Shay Given has hailed the form shown by Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne this season - and reckons he's currently at the top of his game.

Blackburn coach Steve Kean believes nobody is more frustrated aboug their situation then himself as he urges fans to unite behind the team.

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has lamented the number of injuries he has had in the early stages of the season including two broken legs.

Bayern Munich are considering a January move for Chelsea winger Florent Malouda, who has lost his place following the arrival of Juan Mata.

Boss David Moyes is hoping the last-minute sale of Mikel Arteta to Arsenal will not set a precedent for other players wanting to leave Everton.

Andrew Johnson scored his fourth Europa League goal of the season as Fulham registered their first victory in group K at home against Twente.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists he will not rush Steven Gerrard back into action, while Glen Johnson has been ruled out of Sunday's trip.

Manchester City
Midfielder Gareth Barry accepts Manchester City may have to curb some of their attacking instincts to succeed against Europe's elite teams.

Manchester United
FC Twente's young winger Ola John claims he turned down interest from Manchester United and Arsenal last year in favour of staying in Enschede.

Newcastle United
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has urged England counterpart Fabio Capello to take a look at Steven Taylor after his fine start to the new season.

Norwich City
Former Norwich defender Simon Charlton is tipping the Canaries to pick up their first win soon, after being encouraged by their efforts so far.

Queens Park Rangers
Anton Ferdinand says his bust-ups with Steve Bruce at Sunderland turned him from a boy into a man as he vowed to fulfil his potential at QPR.

Stoke City
Coach Tony Pulis expressed his delight at Stoke's draw against Dynamo Kiev, despite the late blow of conceding an equaliser in stoppage time.

Anton Ferdinand says his bust-ups with Steve Bruce at Sunderland turned him from a boy into a man as he vowed to fulfil his potential at QPR.

Swansea City
Swansea could be without on-loan defender Steven Caulker for up to eight weeks after he suffered a knee injury during the defeat to Arsenal.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp claimed his young side deserved a lot of credit for earning a point at PAOK Salonika's notorious Toumba Stadium.

West Brom
Derby County manager Nigel Clough insists John Brayford is part of the the club's future, despite reports linking him with a move to West Brom.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is upbeat despite a delay in delivering new training facilities, which he believes will be well worth the wait.

Winger Adam Hammill is pleased with Wolves' start to the season but said they are just looking to get as many points on the board as they can.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Iker Munain scored his first Europa League goal as Athletic Bilbao registered their first win following the match against Slovan Bratislava.

Barcelona are reportedly angry that Santos have continued to negotiate with Real Madrid for Neymar, and could end their interest for the star.

Espanyol defender Javi Lopez is determined to change their image, saying they want to be remembered as a young team that did something nice.

Getafe midfielder Diego Castro has urged his side to continue with their good display against Real Madrid, but also to bring in the points.

Good news for Granada coach Fabriciano Gonzalez as striker Alex Geijo has received medical discharge and is available for the weekend match.

Levante defender Juanfran Garcia has urged their fans to turn up in numbers as his side prepare for the difficult task of facing Real Madrid.

Midfielder Jeremy Toulalan declared that the team will be gunning for the win at home and away, as they prepare for the trip to Real Mallorca.

Defender Miguel Flano has vowed that Osasuna will go all out against Barcelona and are confident of getting something positive from the game.

Racing Santander
Racing Santander striker Pedro Munitis is a major doubt for the weekend match after the veteran injured his ankle during a training session.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano manager Jose Ramon Sandoval is irritated with the state of their pitch, which saw the ball bounced to much against Zaragoza.

Real Betis
Real Betis coach Pepe Mel underlines his belief that with humility and total dedication, his players can go up against any teams in the world.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is facing possible suspension after branding the referee for the clash against Dinamo Zagreb as 'shameful'.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca goalkeeper Dudu Aouate claimed Malaga are similar to Villarreal, and that his team are very familiar with their style of play.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad's David Zurutuza said his team will head to Sevilla will humility and determination to continue their good start to the season.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza defender Paulo Da Silva has warned his team that they need to play with confidence if they are to beat Espanyol this weekend.

Sevilla goalkeeper Javi Varas has admitted that while the draw against Villarreal was a positive one, his side failed to put on a good image.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon coach Manolo Preciado has doubt over Ivan Hernandez as the defender suffered muscle problem which prevented him from training.

Valencia captain David Albelda believes his side can beat Chelsea at the Mestalla because there is plenty of time to correct their mistakes.

Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido has admitted that conceding an early goal proved to be his side's undoing in their loss to Bayern Munich.

Serie A

AC Milan
AC Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini will miss the next three weeks of action after picking up a shoulder injury in the draw with Barcelona.

AS Roma
Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has no regrets about leaving Ajax for Roma this summer - despite the Italian side’s poor start to the season.

Atalanta defender Federico Peluso has warned his squad that having the right mentality is not enough in Serie A, they also must have focus.

Pierpaolo Bisoli could offer Mikael Antonsson his Bologna debut, as the coach experiments with his back four following the draw with Genoa.

Cagliari coach Massimo Ficcadenti is set to welcome Joaquin Larrivey back into his squad this weekend as the striker has served his suspension.

Midfielder Alejandro Dario Gomez believes it is too soon for him to talk about the big teams and would like to continue his growth at Catania.

The captain's curse seems to have struck Cesena again this season as Giuseppe Colucci seem set to start on the bench at Catania this weekend.

Chievo-owned striker Diego Farias is satisfied with his situation at Bari and believes the manager knows he can adapt to any role in attack.

New Fiorentina signing Mattia Cassani insists former Viola captain Riccardo Montolivo is in good shape and has plenty to offer to the club.

Genoa goalkeeper Cristiano Lupatelli said his team have a lot of respect for Lazio, but that will not prevent them from playing aggressively.

Inter Milan
Inter President Massimo Moratti will give Gian Piero Gasperini extra time to prove himself after his decision to switch to a 4-3-3 formation.

Denis Aogo's agent has cooled of speculation about a January move to Juventus after insisting the Bianconeri have not renewed their interest.

Sports director Carlo Osti said Lecce had no problems during talks for Luis Fernando Muriel, but his arrival was delayed due to U20 World Cup.

Napoli have proved that they are a side to be respected after their Champions League draw at Manchester City, says midfielder Gokhan Inler.

Novara president Massimo De Salvo admits their newly renovated stadium is nothing like Juventus' but the Biancoazzurri are very proud of it.

Paris SG do not want to wait until the next summer to sign Federico Balzaretti - they would prefer to net the Palermo man in January instead.

Parma defender Cristian Zaccardo insisted that he is happy to be staying at the club and that he will only move away for an important offer.

Siena attacking midfielder Franco Brienza insists his side must keep Italian international Andrea Pirlo quiet if they hope to beat Juventus.