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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

EPL 2011/11/1

Coach Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal are not a one-man team, despite Robin van Persie's superb form coinciding with the Gunners' revival.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov admits Darren Bent was really surprised by the level of abuse he suffered at the hands of Sunderland fans.

Accrington have completed the signing of young Blackburn striker Micah Evans on a one-month loan deal after failing to land him in the summer.

David Wheater said Nigel Reo-Coker let his team-mates know exactly what he thought of them in the aftermath of Bolton's defeat at Swansea.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas admits Chelsea have endured 'a disastrous week' but insists he is still on course to produce a title-winning team.

Everton defender John Heitinga claims they face a tougher task than ever before in taking points from any of the Premier League's top teams.

Fulham striker Bobby Zamora admits he needs to up his game if he is to catch the eye of Capello and force his way back into the England squad.

Striker Andy Carroll believes he has earned his place back in Liverpool's starting XI and hopes it can win him a spot in the England side.

Manchester City
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes Micah Richards can improve greatly with continued self-belief if he is to achieve legend status.

Manchester United
Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva, who has been out since Auguest could be set to return to first-team action against Sunderland.

Newcastle United
Demba Ba scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season as Newcastle registered their third away win following the match against Stoke.

Norwich City
Norwich boss Paul Lambert has praised the 'brilliant' Grant Holt after he showed bravery in taking the stoppage-time penalty versus Blackburn.

Queens Park Rangers
QPR defender Anton Ferdinand has issued a statement declaring that he has 'strong feelings' about what happened in the match against Chelsea.

Stoke City
Demba Ba scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season to condemned Stoke to their first home defeat following the visit of Newcastle.

Keiren Westwood is set to make his first Premier League start against Manchester United this weekend as Sunderland's keeper crisis worsenes.

Swansea City
Nathan Dyer believes the lessons learned from Swansea's late collapse against Wolves has helped them stop Bolton's fightback last Saturday.

Harry Redknapp has confirmed Tottenham are monitoring Celtic winger James Forrest's progress but insists he has not firmed up his interest.

West Brom
West Brom defender Paul Scharner has accused Liverpool star Luis Suarez of diving to earn a penalty during Saturday's clash at The Hawthorns.

Wigan Athletic
Ben Watson admits it is crucial for Wigan to pick up points in their next three games in order to haul themselves off the foot of the table.

Jody Craddock admits he is ready to quit football and concentrate on his career as an artist if he is not offered another deal with Wolves.

La Liga 2011/11/1

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao midfielder Mikel San Jose is convinced that his team have enough strength in depth to overcome their current injury crisis.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid coach Gregorio Manzano has labelled October as a black month and hopes the win over Zaragoza is a turning point for his side.

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez would be available for their trip to face Viktoria Plzen.

Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino insisted his team did not deserve to lose to Malaga but will not use the penalty controversy as an excuse.

Getafe are in 15th place in the Fairplay chart with 34 penalty points after receiving 32 yellow cards and a red card so far this campaign.

Mikel Rico scored his first La Liga goal of the season as Granada registered their first away victory following the match against Sevilla.

Levante manager Martinez has refused to offer any excuses for the defeat to Osasuna but was proud with the way his team played their game.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini declared his delight with Sunday's important win, because they have beaten a great team that played very well.

Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar said his team managed to hang on to their two-goal lead because Levante are unaccustomed to falling behind.

Racing Santander
Racing coach Hector Cuper said he does not believe that football is won by having more luck than the other team, following the win over Betis.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo midfielder Javi Fuego believes his team are doing well in their first season in La Liga as they have yet to go down in the standings.

Real Betis
Real Betis coach Pepe Mel believes his side did not deserve to lose to Racing as they have been very unlucky not to have scored more goals.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has called on his team to remain relaxed as they look to wrestle the La Liga title away from Barcelona.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca striker Emilio Nsue is sad about losing 5-0 to Barcelona but insists it hurts more to lose 1-2 at to direct rivals Gijon hurts.

Real Sociedad
Sociedad are in fourth place in the Fairplay chart with 23 penalty points after receiving 21 yellow cards and a red card so far this season.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza manager Javier Aguirre has no complaints about the result against Atletico after admitting that his team gave a 'poor image'.

Mikel Rico scored his first La Liga goal of the season to condemned Sevilla to their first home defeat following the match against Granada.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon striker Mate Bilic insists he has no problem at the club and confirms his intention to stay for another three or four years.

Valencia coach Unai Emery is not thinking about dropping into the Europa League and orders his team to make sure that they beat Leverkusen.

Villarreal midfielder Hernan Perez said the club have been unlucky with injuries, but it will not stop them from aiming a win versus Man City.

Serie A 2011/11/1

AC Milan
Milan haves included youth player Simone Andrea Ganz for the BATE clash as the Rossoneri has only Ibrahimovic and Robinho available up front.

AS Roma
Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has insisted that coach Luis Enrique is meeting their expectations, despite another Serie A defeat.

Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono hopes the defeat to Bologna would have taught his team that everything can change in just a few minutes.

Juventus are closely monitoring Bologna ace Gaston Ramirez as they search for fresh blood to add to their squad in the winter transfer window.

Albin Ekdal believes the result against Lazio would have been completely different if his Cagliari side managed to score in the first half.

Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti has warned his side that AC Milan will not be an easy game, even though they are missing key players.

Cesena have sacked Marco Giampaolo as their coach as the club is currently at the bottom of the table with three points from nine matches.

Chievo captain Sergio Pellissier has warned his side that the league is very balanced and a little carelessness will cost a team the game.

Fiorentina have confirmed that midfielder Stevan Jovetic has signed a new contract to keep him at the Stadio Artemio Franchi until June 2016.

It was reported that Genoa could reignite their interest for Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino when the winter market reopens in January.

Inter Milan
Andrea Ranocchia admits everything is going wrong for Inter but is adamant they still have a chance of competing for the Scudetto this season.

Juventus are closely monitoring Bologna star Gaston Ramirez and Palermo midfielder Josip Ilicic as potential signings for the winter market.

Lazio manager Edy Reja believes that his side's away form is better because the opposition tend to play defensively at the Stadio Olimpico.

Lecce's goal hero Rodney Strasser believes that his side were unlucky not to have won against Novara as they had four clear chances to score.

Lorenzo Insigne will be allowed to mature in peace at Pescara for the entire campaign rather than return to parent club Napoli in January.

Coach Attilio Tesser regrets that Novara were only able to gain a point on Sunday as he believes Lecce did not deserve to share the spoils.

Juventus are closely monitoring Palermo midfielder Josip Ilicic as they search for fresh blood to add to their squad in the winter market.

Parma sports director Pietro Leonardi has warned his side that they must change their attitude against big teams if they are to move forward.

Siena president Massimo Mezzaroma was delighted with the win over Chievo and praised his players for their effort in turning their situation.

Udinese sports director Fabrizio Larini insists it is important for their youngsters to gain minutes and experience on the European stage.