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Tuesday, September 20, 2011


George Graham believes Arsenal's recent defensive woes stem from boss Arsene Wenger leaving it too late to strengthen his backline this summer.

Aston Villa
Coach Alex McLeish has hailed the impact of James Collins and Richard Dunne ahead of Aston Villa's Carling Cup clash with Bolton on Tuesday.

Blackburn manager Steve Kean believes the club are close to agreeing a long-term contract extension with highly-rated forward Junior Hoilett.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is hoping that they can put an end to their poor run of results by defeating Aston Villa in the Carling Cup on Tuesday.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is positive striker Fernando Torres is on the right track again following his goal at Manchester United on Sunday.

Everton manager David Moyes has vowed to give Apostolos Vellios plenty more chances this season following his goal against Wigan on Saturday.

Fulham striker Bobby Zamora has played down the seriousness of his ankle problem - but admitted he is happy to have his game time rationed.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists there is nothing wrong with his side's discipline, despite seeing two men sent-off in their Spurs defeat.

Manchester City
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says Owen Hargreaves could make his debut for the club in Wednesday's Carling Cup clash with Birmingham.

Manchester United
Patrice Evra is certain Manchester United must improve upon their performance in the victory over Chelsea if they are going to win the title.

Newcastle United
Newcastle are hoping Davide Santon could return to training within days after having fluid taken from his knee in an attempt to avoid surgery.

Norwich City
Norwich City manager Paul Lambert insists he will not shirk from making tough decisions in his quest to retain their Premier League status.

Queens Park Rangers
Wolves midfielder Karl Henry has labelled Joey Barton embarrassing in his riposte to the Queens Park Rangers captain's blast over the weekend.

Stoke City
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has called for hard work from his side as they seek to bounce back in the Carling Cup after their drubbing at Sunderland.

Winger Sebastian Larsson believes Sunderland's thumping of Stoke could prove the catalyst for an upturn in fortunes at the Stadium of Light.

Swansea City
Swansea City are hoping defender Neil Taylor will be fit to face Chelsea after he was stretchered off in the side's victory over West Brom.

Gareth Bale thinks new signings Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker have given Tottenham the lift they needed following a summer of turmoil.

West Brom
West Brom coach Rod Hodgson has praised Craig Dawson for coping well with the challenges of the top flight following his debut versus Swansea.

Wigan Athletic
Manager Roberto Martinez insists that Wigan have not had any bids for Chris Kirkland and that he has no intention of selling the goalkeeper.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is refusing to be wound up by QPR midfielder Joey Barton and will not dignify any of his comments with a response.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao winger Markel Susaeta has claimed their defeat to Atletico as their worst performance yet as his team struggled from the start.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid midfielder Diego Ribas is a doubt for their clash against Sporting Gijon after missing squad training due to hamstring injury.

Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara insists that the La Liga is not a two-horse race because every single teams are out there to win matches.

Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino has stressed that there were many positives to be taken from their second half display against Zaragoza.

Getafe boss Luis Garcia has stressed 'this is not Colunga FC' after the striker stormed out of the stadium for not being picked against Rayo.

Granada coach Fabriciano Gonzalez is unhappy about his side having only one day to recover before facing Sociedad, who have two days of rest.

Levante coach Juan Ignacio Martinez understands that Real Madrid want to make excuses for losing, but insists his squad have much potential.

Malaga defender Martin Demichelis admits being at the top of the Primera Liga is nice and believes it will help his side to continue to grow.

Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar declared his side have always been good at bouncing back from a defeat, following the humbling at Camp Nou.

Racing Santander
Racing Santander coach Hector Cuper said his team are psychologically reeling from their defeat to Atletico, who were better in every aspect.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano coach Jose Ramon Sandoval has said that the only difference between their matches against Zaragoza and Getafe was the result.

Real Betis
Real Betis manager Pepe Mel does not view the side as leaders of the league and underlined that they still have a lot of improvements to do.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has reminded his side that they have no time for regrets, but to keep on working ahead of the Racing clash.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca coach Michael Laudrup has insisted that his job is not on the line against Villarreal, but understands that the stakes are high.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier will assess the condition of Xabi Prieto, Carlos Vela and Zurutuza ahead of their clash against Granada.

Real Zaragoza
Javier Aguirre said Zaragoza were lucky to get away with the full 3 points against Espanyol, as there were plenty of chances for both sides.

Sevilla boss Marcelino Garcia Toral has warned his side of the dangers at Reyno de Navarra, especially after Osasuna were wounded by Barcelona.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon midfielder Alberto Rivera is confident despite three straight defeats because they were never out of the game against Valencia.

Valencia are confident Roberto Soldado will be available to take on Barcelona, even though the star striker was absent from training on Monday.

Villarreal boss Juan Carlos Garrido has underlined the importance of maintaining focus irrespective of whether they won or lost the day before.

Serie A

AC Milan
Keeper Christian Abbiati declared that Napoli 'had more hunger' for the win on Sunday, but promised that Milan will bounce back from defeat.

AS Roma
Maarten Stekelenburg's agent has revealed that the Roma goalkeeper does not remember about his incident with Lucio that left him unconscious.

Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono has admitted his delight with their victory over Palermo and said the three points were like oxygen to them.

Bad news for Bologna coach Pierpaolo Bisoli as Andrea Raggi is a serious doubt for the trip to Juventus after picking up a shoulder injury.

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino said despite the result, the game against Novara proved that a lapse in concentration can be devastating.

Catania striker Maxi Lopez has stressed that it was not easy playing under the heat and they could do everything that the coach told them to.

Cesena coach Marco Giampaolo has admitted his team did not react properly to Catania's penalty and were too disorganised to mount a comeback.

Striker Sergio Pellissier admits he does not know if he can make it for Chievo Verona's match against leaders Napoli due to heavy bruising.

Alberto Gilardino will be sidelined for six weeks, but the Fiorentina striker admitted that he was afraid the knee injury would be much worst.

Genoa defender Kakha Kaladze said the introduction of Cristobal Jorquera changed the game against Lazio and has labelled him as 'small Pirlo'.

Inter Milan
Reports in Italy are linking Roberto Baggio with a sensational return to Inter, to take over as manager from an ailing Gian Piero Gasperini.

Mirko Vucinic has urged his Juventus squad not to get carried away by their impressive start to season as one defeat could thwart everything.

Edy Reja's agent has denied speculations that the Lazio manager is set to resign following his after-match comments about their booing fans.

Lecce coach Eusebio Di Francesco has praised his players' patience and aggressiveness that saw them collect their first points of the season.

Aurelio De Laurentiis urged Napoli fans to keep their feet on the ground as they have barely started the season, following the win over Milan.

Midfielder Alex Pinardi is likely to miss Novara's match against Inter due to muscle problem but Dellafiore and Meggiorini are available again.

Palermo coach Devis Mangia has admitted that his team conceded an avoidable goal and were unable to keep the tempo he wanted against Atalanta.

Parma striker Sebastian Giovinco is happy to be scoring the winning goal at the death, and also apologised for his sending off against Chievo.

Siena manager Giuseppe Sannino said his team used up a lot of energy in the first half against Juventus and finally paid the price for that.

Francesco Guidolin has looked to dampen early season enthusiasm after two wins from two, insisting Udinese's priority is avoiding relegation.