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Thursday, October 20, 2011


Aaron Ramsey scored his first Champions League goal as Arsenal registered their second win in Group F following the match against Marseille.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa head coach Alex McLeish admits it is likely to be next month before on-loan midfielder Jermaine Jenas is ready to make his debut.

Winger Martin Olsson has said he is confident Blackburn can turn things around despite being rooted to the foot of the Premier League table.

Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has urged winger Chris Eagles to deliver stand-out performances for Bolton Wanderers on a much more regular basis.

Raul Meirales scored his first Champions League goal as Chelsea registered their second win in Group E following the match versus Racing Genk.

Everton boss David Moyes says former Toffees striker Duncan Ferguson could have a future in coaching after helping out at the club's academy.

Martin Jol is upbeat about Fulham's chances against Wisla Krakow despite being without a handful of key players for the Europa League tie.

Steven Gerrard admits the last six months have been the hardest of his career and that at times he feared he might never get back to playing.

Manchester City
It was reported that Brighton's towering defender Lewis Dunk is being chased by a trio of Premier League outfits including Manchester City.

Manchester United
Man Utd keeper Anders Lindegaard believes it will be a tight title race and it is too early to predict the season, ahead of the City clash.

Newcastle United
Striker Nile Ranger is pining for the chance to return to the Newcastle first team after netting a brace for the reserves on Tuesday evening.

Norwich City
Reserve team manager Ian Culverhouse has praised Grant Holt after his performance in the second string's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock has confirmed striker DJ Campbell's recovery from a fractured metatarsal is likely to take eight weeks.

Stoke City
Midfielder Rory Delap has admitted he never expected his Premier League career would last as long as it has following his move to Stoke City.

Sebastian Larsson is backing Nicklas Bendtner to kick-start Sunderland's season on his return the starting line-up at Bolton this weekend.

Swansea City
Swansea forward Stephen Dobbie is expected to sit out the club's next two Premiership games against Wolves and Bolton due to an ankle injury.

Harry Redknapp has turned to yoga and pilates, after it was introduced by Brad Friedel, in a bid to boost the fitness of his Tottenham squad.

West Brom
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson expects Youssouf Mulumbu and Steven Reid to shrug off minor knocks in time for Saturday's game with Aston Villa.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has urged his team-mates to draw on the passion they displayed last term and kick-start their season.

Wolves head coach Mick McCarthy has insisted that the club made an identical offer for James McFadden, who eventually chose to join Everton.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao striker Iker Muniain, who has gotten 4 players sent off this season, believes it is a sign that he is doing good things for his side.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid playmaker Diego has shot a warning to Udinese that he has scored four times against the Italian side in European competitions.

Andres Iniesta scored his first Champions League goal as Barcelona registered their second win in Group H following the match against Plzen.

Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino said his team are on track and expects Vladimir Weiss to up his game once he overcomed the language barrier.

Getafe Midfielder Pablo Sarabia has warned his side to pick up points quickly or risk being stuck at the bottom in two or three weeks time.

Good news for Granada boss Fabriciano Gonzalez as defender David Cortes is back on the training pitch after six weeks out with a knee problem.

Levante defender Javi Venta says as a Champions League team, Villarreal will be difficult to beat, even though they are currently in a slump.

Malaga striker Ruud van Nistelrooy admits he will drop celebrations if he scores against former club Real Madrid in the clash at La Rosaleda.

Osasuna defender Roversio is likely to miss their next match against Zaragoza after sustaining a left thigh injury in their trip to Bilbao.

Racing Santander
Racing are in 12th place in the La Liga Fairplay chart with 21 penalty points after accumulating 19 yellow cards and a red card this season.

Rayo Vallecano
Javi Fuego is a doubt for Rayo Vallecano coach Jose Ramon Sandoval after the midfielder could not complete his training due to groin problem.

Real Betis
Mario Alvarez admits Betis are working to correct some of their mistakes in defence, and insists it is not an individual problem but the team.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is demanding German midfielder Mesut Ozil to step up his game as his last season's performance were better.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca striker Emilio Nsue admits he is looking forward to scoring against Atletico de Madrid after serving his one-match suspension.

Real Sociedad
Striker Imanol Igirretxe believes an upset against Levante or Real Madrid would be the perfect remedy to get Real Sociedad out of the slump.

Real Zaragoza
Zaragoza are in seventh place in the La Liga Fairplay chart with 19 penalty points after receiving 17 yellow cards and a red card this season.

Bad news for Sevilla coach Marcelino Garcia Toral as striker Alvaro Negredo is unlikely to recover in time for their trip to the Camp Nou.

Sporting Gijon
Striker Mate Bilic is not worried about Sporting Gijon's position in the league and believes they have found a solution to their performance.

Jonas Goncalves scored his first Champions League goal but failed to keep Valencia from losing their first game in Group E against Leverkusen.

Borja Valero was satisfied with the image Villarreal showed against Manchester City and believes the fans can see that they are not 'so bad'.

Serie A

AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his second Champions League goal as AC Milan registered their second win in Group H following the visit of BATE.

AS Roma
AS Roma sports director Walter Sabatini believes the Giallorossi have a great future as players now recognised coach Luis Enrique's authority.

Luca Cigarini has stated that Atalanta can have a rough idea about their season once they are done facing AS Roma, Udinese, Parma and Inter.

It was reported Bologna are trying to close a deal for Palermo defender Andrea Mantovani as soon as possible in order to avoid competition.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has praised his Cagliari counterpart Massimo Cellino, who knows how to buy and rarely makes a mistake.

Catania defender Giuseppe Bellusci admitted he was not 100 percent fit against Inter, but he gritted his teeth and still went on the field.

Cesena coach Marco Giampaolo said he did not reprimand Adrian Mutu despite his three-match suspension because the striker is mature enough.

Chievo's American midfielder Michael Bradley has thanked his team-mates and the club for helping him to quickly adapt to Italian football.

Fiorentina chief Sandro Mencucci was unhappy with the draw against Cesena, but insists this is not the time to judge coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Good news for Genoa manager Alberto Malesani as midfielder Giandomenico Mesto is full recovered, while Ze Eduardo is also back in training.

Inter Milan
It was reported that it would cost Inter Milan EUR15,000 everytime Argentine striker Mauro Zarate produce an assist during official matches.

Midfielder Arturo Vidal is a doubt for Juventus coach Antonio Conte after failing to return to training on Wednesday due to a thigh problem.

Lazio coach Edy Reja has decided to rest Miroslav Klose for the Europa League game against Zurich, rather than lose the striker to injury.

Christian Obodo has applogised to Lecce supporters for not being able to pick up any points at home, but hopes the situation will change soon.

After 4 months of talks Christian Maggio is no closer to signing a new contract with Napoli despite his impressive displays, said his agent.

Retired goalkeeper Gennaro Iezzo has declared that he is training and ready to make a return to the game and would love to represent Novara.

It was reported Bologna are trying to close a deal for Palermo defender Andrea Mantovani as soon as possible in order to avoid competition.

Manager Franco Colomba believes Parma have grown since their match at Fiorentina and that Sebastian Giovinco has adapted well to the side.

Siena sports director Giorgio Perinetti said Emmanuel Calaio has matured as a player and the club are willing to sell him for the right price.

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin has confirmed Antonio Floro Flores and Armero will start their Europa League clash against Atletico Madrid.