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Saturday, October 1, 2011


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has ruled out defender Laurent Koscielny for their clash against Tottenham as he is still struggling with an injury.

Aston Villa
Alex McLeish believes winger Charles N'Zogbia will be ready to kick-start his Aston Villa career when he faces Wigan at Villa Park on Saturday.

Blackburn manager Steve Kean has urged his side to go out and be positive and aggressive as they prepare to face Manchester City on Saturday.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said he recognised Andre Villas-Boas was destined for greatness when he first met the Chelsea boss four years ago.

Andre Villas-Boas will not be granting Frank Lampard's wish to play every game for Chelsea and said the midfielder must fight for his place.

Everton manager David Moyes believes the club's financial restrictions have hindered them from challenging Liverpool in the Premier League.

Head coach Martin Jol is not worried about Fulham's winless start to the season and is convinced his team will start climbing the table soon.

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has suggested he might not be ready for England's crucial Euro 2012 qualifier clash against Montenegro.

Manchester City
Manchester City have turned down West Ham's loan approach for Carlos Tevez, with the club intent on concluding his disciplinary matters first.

Manchester United
Coach Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United players to cut down on their defensive carelessness that has crept into their game.

Newcastle United
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has insisted he will not be lulled into a false sense of security despite such a positive start to the season.

Norwich City
Norwich coach Paul Lambert wants the Canaries to play intelligently against Manchester Utd and to keep the belief that they can cause an upset.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock believes he finally has a side capable of breaking his Craven Cottage curse ahead of clash with Fulham.

Stoke City
Stoke boss Tony Pulis admits he has been impressed by record signing Peter Crouch's humility since the England striker's arrival at the club.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has warned footballers they have a moral responsibility to behave after defender Titus Bramble was arrested.

Swansea City
Stefano Okaka could leave Roma for the Premier League in January, with Swansea, QPR and West Brom are reportedly interested in his services.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is sure there will be no repeat of Emmanuel Adebayor's infamous goal celebration if he scores against Arsenal.

West Brom
West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson has turned down Hungary's request for injured Baggies midfielder Zoltan Gera to join them in training camp.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez does not expect a backlash from Aston Villa fans after rejecting the chance to take over at the club this summer.

Wolverhampton manager Mick McCarthy hopes to end his side's losing run as they entertain Newcastle United, who have yet to beaten this season.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has warned his side that the win over PSG in the Europa League is useless if they cannot win in the La Liga.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico de Madrid defender Silvio Azevedo seems to have overcomed a slight groin injury and could return to the squad for the Sevilla clash.

Barcelona midfielder Adriano is not worried about being a substitute and admits that Afellay's injury may open the door to a regular football.

Midfielder Joan Verdu acknowledges a win over Real Madrid will have double impact on Espanyol - improved position and a boost of confidence.

Striker Nicolas Fedor Miku is excited about Getafe's future as the club could receive a huge money injection from Dubai starting next season.

Granada head coach Fabriciano Gonzalez has confirmed that he will be making some changes to his squad as they prepare for the Valencia clash.

Levante manager Juan Ignacio Martinez is pleased with the squad's dynamic and will make on minor changes for their match against Real Betis.

Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini admits it is not normal for his team to be high up on the table but having strikers who are firing blanks.

Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar said his team can only focus on beating the opponents because they are not going to win against the referee.

Racing Santander
Racing coach Hector Cuper insisted that they are not a defensive team, but admitted their main problem is that they lose the ball too easily.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano coach Jose Ramon Sandoval is adamant not to make any major changes to the way his team play despite two consecutive defeats.

Real Betis
Real Betis head coach Pepe Mel are full of praise for Levante's veterans and would love to have Sergio Ballesteros and Juanfran in his team.

Real Madrid
It was reported Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane has been given the green light to initiate talks with Lille for Eden Hazard.

Real Mallorca
Mallorca president Serra Ferrer has agreed to hire Joaquin Capparros for EUR1.4 million per season but the club's administrators are outraged.

Real Sociedad
Sociedad defender Vadim Demidov admits it is vital to shackle Fernando Llorente if his side are to keep their unbeaten home record this year.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza coach Javier Aguirre is optimistic about their chances of getting a result against Villarreal as his team look good physically.

Coach Marcelino admits it will be difficult for Sevilla to win on Sunday but warns Atletico will also have a hard time keeping the 3 points.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon coach Manolo Preciado admits it would be impossible for his side to take any points if they allow Barcelona to take the lead.

Valencia's young defender Jorbi Alba has been called up by Spain for the first time following his impressive performances in the new season.

Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido admits their season opener fell short of his expectation, but he remains very excited about the future.

Serie A

AC Milan
AC Milan announced Ignazio Abate is likely to miss their trip to Juventus ashis recovery from a thigh problem is taking longer than expected.

AS Roma
Stefano Okaka could leave Roma for the Premier League in January, with QPR, Swansea and West Brom are reportedly interested in his services.

Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono admits he is uncomfortable being in the spotlight and also believes they are getting too many compliments.

Bologna midfielder Gaby Mudingayi, whose contract is expiring, insists he does not want to leave and is hoping to open talks with the club.

Cagliari striker Thiago Ribeiro does not see himself in the English Premier League and believes the Primera Division would suits him better.

Catania defender Ciro Capuano admits it will not be easy at Novara, who will have the advantage as they are used to playing on synthetic grass.

Cesena are determined to avoid their third home defeat w hen they take on Chievo, who are hoping to register their third consecutive victory.

Chievo are hoping to register their third consecutive victory when they take on Cesena, who are determined to avoid their third home defeat.

Fiorentina and Stevan Jovetic have yet to reach an agreement on a new contract as the player wants his transfer clause set below EUR25 million.

Genoa left back Emiliano Moretti praised his team for the improvement they made in recent weeks, but conceded they have yet to reach top form.

Inter Milan
Inter Milan striker Diego Milito left training early after sustaining a muscular problem and is therefore a doubt for the match against Napoli.

Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero believes their clashes against AC Milan have often been decisive in determining who can win the Scudetto.

Lazio president Claudio Lolito hopes that his team will bounce back quickly and show motivation, desire and determination against Fiorentina.

Lecce defender Massimo Oddo believes his side can do well this season once they cut down on the number of mistakes made during their games.

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has been omitted from the squad to face Inter Milan after suffering a sprained ankle in the Champions League.

Veteran defender Massimo Paci believes Novara are on the right track in Serie A and has warned others that they are a team that never give up.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini is claiming he is not looking at their position in the league, but rather at the responses on the pitch.

Parma defender Christian Zaccardo said his side have no problem changing formation, but admitted they need to find consistency in their game.

Siena are hoping to pick up points for the second consecutive game when they take on Palermo, who are looking for their third home victory.

Adriano Galliani is furious with Udinese after fielding a second string team against Celtic - as Italy now ranked in 11th place behind Cyprus.