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Saturday, September 17, 2011


Coach Arsene Wenger has not ruled out moving for Yossi Benayoun on a permanent basis after insisting the Israeli can fit right in with Arsenal.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is pondering a change of formation and personnel against Newcastle Utd due to striker Emile Heskey's absence.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's agent has refused to comment on speculation linking the Manchester United legend with the Blackburn Rovers' hot seat.

The return of United States midfielder Stuart Holden will be like signing a GBP10 million player, according to Bolton head coach Owen Coyle.

Andre Villas-Boas has played down the importance of Chelsea's clash with Manchester United, saying the outcome of it would not mean anything.

Everton coach David Moyes insists he is not afraid to drop underperforming players despite having one of the smallest squads in the league.

Clint Dempsey believes it is just a matter of time before Fulham end their poor run of results if the team stick to their current philosophy.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has praised Martin Skrtel for his versatility as he continue to play the defender out of position this season.

Manchester City
Roberto Mancini insists Carlos Tevez remains part of his plans at Manchester City despite the Argentine not being a regular in the starting XI.

Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson expects Chelsea to be in the thick of the title battle, even though the Londoners have been overlooked early in the season.

Newcastle United
Newcastle have moved to dismiss suggestions that Davide Santon's knee injury could be related to problems he suffered earlier in his career.

Norwich City
Norwich City coach Paul Lambert maintains his players cannot continue paying the penalty if they are to get a foothold in the Premier League.

Queens Park Rangers
Neil Warnock claims Mick McCarthy used to clean his boots - but admits the apprentice has overtaken the master when it comes to management.

Stoke City
Cameron Jerome is ready to battle for a regular spot in the Stoke side after marking his debut with a goal in the draw against Dynamo Kiev.

Nicklas Bendtner admits life is different in Sunderland, but he would need assurances of regular football if he was ever to return to Arsenal.

Swansea City
Ashley Williams is keeping his fingers crossed that Swansea's defensive injury crisis will not deepen against West Brom at Liberty Stadium.

Veteran defender Ledley King is confident that this season will not be his last at Tottenham as he bids to win a new deal at White Hart Lane.

West Brom
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson said the use of video evidence to correct decisions is heaping pressure on and eroding the authority of referees.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes Everton will be just as tough to play against despite losing some top players in the transfer market.

Neil Warnock claims Mick McCarthy used to clean his boots - but admits the apprentice has overtaken the master when it comes to management.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelo Bielsa insisted that he does not rotate his squad, but changes are made accoring to performance situations.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico de Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez has hailed the club's new signings Diego and Falcao for the instant impact both made on the squad.

Coach Pep Guardiola said he will never promise Barcelona any titles, as he feels they have an equal chance of ending the season trophyless.

Espanyol striker Walter Pandiani is hoping to score 10 t0 11 goals this season, as it would means that he has played a good number of games.

Coach Luis Garcia believes Getafe deserved more points from their two league matches, but warned his players to be humble when facing Rayo.

Granada coach Fabriciano Gonzalez has asked his team to put on a good defensive performance and take advantage of Villarreal's uncertain form.

Head coach Juan Ignacio warned Levante not to make errors against Real Madrid and to quickly take advantage of any counter-attacking options.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini said his team are only focused on racking up the points quickly, as they hope to seal their place at the top.

Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar is expecting a Barcelona backlash this weekend, but the only thing his team can do is to have a go at it.

Racing Santander
Racing Santander coach Hector Cuper is expecting to see a 'better version' of Atletico, but still hopes to return home with all three points.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano attacker Dani Pacheco claimed the departure of Rafael Benitez at Liverpool marked the end of his progress at the English club.

Real Betis
Real Betis coach Pepe Mel will not change their football style for anyone, and believes Bilbao will not be affected by their European duties.

Real Madrid
Jerko Leko insisted that he never intended to hurt Cristiano Ronaldo but admitted they had to be physical in order to avoid a heavy defeat.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca coach Michael Laudrup has decided not to include Gonzalo Castro for the Malaga clash, as the player is currently not at his best.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier has made it clear that his side dare not to dream, because they know this is a very difficult league.

Real Zaragoza
Defender Leo Ponzio is confident that Real Zaragoza will avoid their fate in the last two seasons, where they struggled to avoid relegations.

Sevilla coach Marcelino knows that Sociedad will arrive in high spirit following the draw with Barca, but his side have an obligation to win.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon striker David Barral warned that quality means nothing if the squad cannot show intensity and aggressiveness during their games.

Valencia coach Unai Emery has warned his players to keep their focus on Sporting Gijon, rather than their upcoming match against Barcelona.

Villarreal head coach Juan Carlos Garrido admits that his side need to re-build their self-esteem with good results, beginning with Granada.

Serie A

AC Milan
Alexandre Pato has been left impressed by the ability of AC Milan new signing Stephan El Shaarawy, who he claims will be better than himself.

AS Roma
AS Roma Coach Luis Enrique understands that only results matter in football and he would accept his fate at the club without kicking up a fuss.

Atalanta midfielder Luca Cigarini said coach Stefano Colantuono is a great motivator as he keeps their spirit up, following the points penalty.

Bologna captain Marco Di Vaio believes the key to the clash versus Lecce is sacrifice, as the Rossoblu looks for their first win of the season.

New Cagliari midfielder Rui Sampaio admits that he will have to work hard to secure a place in the squad, after watching his team-mates train.

Catania midfielder Francesco Lodi declared himself available and is willing to play in any position as the side look for their first home win.

Cesena have presented their latest arrival defender Guillermo Rodriguez, who declared that he is fit and ready to take on Catania on Sunday.

Chievo manager Domenico Di Carlo has doubts over the availability of midfielder Rinaldo Cruzado, as they look for their first win at Parma.

It was reported that Fiorentina will renew the contract of Manuel Pasqual for another two seasons to tie the defender to the club until 2014.

Genoa coach Alberto Malesani will have to do without the injured midfielder Marco Rossi, as the Grifone prepare for the trip to take on Lazio.

Inter Milan
Spanish coach Quique Sanchez Flores has made it clear that he would like to be considered for the Inter job if Gian Piero Gasperini is sacked.

Juventus' Mirko Vucinic has hailed the positive impact of Antonio Conte - a coach who knows what he want and demands a lot from the players.

Bad news for Lazio as coach Edy Reja will be without Stefano Mauri for at least a month after the star suffered muscle problem during training.

Lecce midfielder Juan Cuadrado is hoping to see more play this season and believes the right mentality will be crucial for the Bologna clash.

Aurelio De Lauentiis believes the draw with Manchester City is more like a victory to Napoli and the fans can be proud of the team's display.

Novara boss Attilio Tesser insists he holds no grudge against Cagliari president Massimo Cellino and would greet him if they meet at Sant'Elia.

Palermo striker Abel Hernandez is hoping to improve his performance but underlines that he alone cannot bear the responsibility to beat Inter.

Parma defender Gabriel Paletta knows that the Gialloblu must start playing well and to take advantage of their two home games in seven days.

Chief Giorgio Perinetti warned that Siena will not settle for a draw with Juventus, as he looks forward to their first home game of the season.

Udinese midfielder Almen Abdi was delighted to start their Europa League campaign with a win, but admitted Rennes gave them a rude awakening.