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Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Arsenal failed to score for the first time in the Champions League to register their second draw in Group F following the visit of Marseille.

Aston Villa
Villa midfielder Chris Herd is pleased to have played against Sunderland and will continue to work hard to cement his place in the first XI.

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean reckons he will be able to spend in the January transfer window - with a striker as his main priority.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has warned he is prepared to 'chop and change' in order to get the right player in place to turn their season around.

Ramires scored his first Champions League goal as Chelsea registered their second draw in Group E following the match against Racing Genk.

It was reported that Everton are in negotiations with several parties including an Indian property firm Jain, with regard to major investment.

Midfielder Steve Sidwell insists Fulham will climb the league table if his side can maintain the way they have been playing in recent games.

Liverpool have confirmed that Steven Gerrard will miss the match against Swansea, Spain and Sweden following infection to his ankle injury.

Manchester City
Mario Balotelli has been included in Manchester City's Champions League squad for the first time ahead of Wednesday's clash at Villarreal.

Manchester United
Coach Sir Alex Ferguson insists Rio Ferdinand still has a major role to play at Manchester United even if he is no longer an automatic choice.

Newcastle United
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew praised Demba Ba for his match-winning hat-trick at Stoke - and insisted the striker was not driven by revenge.

Norwich City
Norwich manager Paul Lambert has not ruled out dipping his toes into the transfer market when the winter window opens at the turn of the year.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers striker Jamie Mackie, whose last appearance for Scotland was almost a year ago, have won a recall from boss Craig Levein.

Stoke City
VVV Venlo sporting director Mario Captein claims striker Michael Uchebo will go to England for talks with Stoke City in the next fortnight.

Sunderland have reportedly lined up moves for two Swedish starlets - Helsingborgs striker Robert Mirosavic plus Linus Sjoberg of Vasteras.

Swansea City
Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton believes a victory over Liverpool at Anfield would send a massive message out to the rest of the league.

Tottenham Hotspur left-back Gareth Bale believes confidence has been the underlying factor behind their unbeaten run in the Premier League.

West Brom
West Brom have withdrawn veteran midfielder Zoltan Gera from their reserves clash in the hope that he can play against Arsenal on Saturday.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has reassured Roberto Martinez his job is safe despite Latics dropping to the bottom of the Premier League table.

Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey believes he will not be affected by last weekend's mistake, but accepted his role in the defeat at Man City.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa is still waiting for news about his 7 injured players before deciding his line-up for the Salzburg clash.

Atletico Madrid
Villarreal have reportedly made a EUR6 million offer for striker Adrian, but Atletico Madrid will not entertain any offer before the summer.

Lionel Messi scored his fourth Champions League goal as Barcelona registered their third win in Group H following the match against Plzen.

Espanyol striker Alvaro Vazquez admits 'it is fantastic' to be nominated for the Golden Boy award, but admits he did not expect it at all.

Getafe midfielder Diego Castro said his team must not offer fans excuses for their poor position, but rather to prove themselves on the pitch.

Granada coach Fabriciano Gonzalez was delighted that his players are finally rewarded for their hard work, following the victory over Sevilla.

Levante defender Juanfran believes it is time to realised that there two teams in Valencia and one need not be more important than the other.

Malaga will play Cordoba in a friendly on November 9 in order to financially support the club, who will receive all the profit from the match.

Osasuna are in seventh place in the Fairplay chart with 27 penalty points after receiving 23 yellow cards and 2 red cards so far this season.

Racing Santander
A minority shareholder Dimitri Piterman could have the biggest say in Racing Santander once the outfit's entire board resign on Wednesday.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano have confirmed that striker Raul Tamudo is set to be sidelined for three to four weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury.

Real Betis
Betis boss Pepe Mel insists he has the full support of the club despite the six straight defeats, and is confident they will avoid relegation.

Real Madrid
Arsenal have reportedly open talks with Real Madrid for January move of Esteban Granero, but will have to battle Malaga for the midfielder.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca will be declared bankrupt if they failed to reach an agreement with creditors about their EUR30 million debt by December 13.

Real Sociedad
Defender Liassine Cadamuro believes Sociedad do not deserve to be so low in the table and that they should have drawn against Real Madrid.

Real Zaragoza
Zaragoza are in 12th place in the Fairplay chart with 31 penalty points after receiving 29 yellow cards and one red card so far this season.

Sevilla are still sweating on Frederic Kanoute's hamstring problem, while Piotr Trochowski should be back in training in the next 48 hours.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon are in sixth place in the Fairplay chart with 25 penalty points after receiving 23 yellow cards and one red card so far this season.

Roberto Soldado scored his second Champions League goal as Valencia registered their first win in Group E following the visit of Leverkusen.

Villarreal have reportedly made a EUR6 million offer for striker Adrian, but Atletico Madrid will not entertain any offer before the summer.

Serie A

AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his third Champions League goal as AC Milan registered their second draw in Group H following the match versus BATE.

AS Roma
Former boss Carlo Mazzone has urged for patience as Roma starts a new cycle with a new team and a coach that has no experience in Serie A.

Simone Padoin regrets that he will not being able to help Atalanta against Cagliari and wants his side to secure 20 points before Christmas.

Gaston Ramirez will not be moving to Juventus in January, as his representative has underlined that Bologna will not sell him in mid season.

Cagliari coach Massimo Ficcadenti will have Daniele Conti and Radja Nainggolan back in his threadbare squad for their clash against Atalanta.

It was reported that Catania, Chievo and Novara are closely watching Nocerina defender Roberto di Maio, with the intention of a January move.

Bottom of the table Cesena have a new head coach after Daniele Arrigoni, a former Seahorses player, signed a short-term deal until June 2012.

It was reported that Chievo, Novara and Catania are closely watching Nocerina defender Roberto di Maio, with the intention of a January move.

It was claimed that Sinisa Mihajlovic's job at Fiorentina is still not safe and the coach could get the chop if they lose to Chievo on Sunday.

Genoa defender Dario Dainelli is convinced that the Grifone have the quality and the strength to do well against Inter Milan this weekend.

Inter Milan
Inter Milan striker Diego Milito insists that the Nerazzurri will return to being the force that they were while Samuel Eto'o was at the club.

Andrea Pirlo and a new stadium have given Juventus the tools to fight for the Italian title again, says former Italy manager Marcello Lippi.

Lazio striker Tommaso Rocchi wants to surpass Giordano's record of 110 goals and insists he has never thought of leaving the Biancoceleste.

Lecce boss Eusebio Di Francesco will reportedly be playing to save his job when his side take on Cesena at Stadio Dino Manuzzi this weekend.

Former Napoli striker Roberto Sosa believes Blerim Dzemaili and Gokhan Inler will play a crucial role in their clash against Bayern Munich.

It was reported that Novara, Chievo and Catania are closely watching Nocerina defender Roberto di Maio, with the intention of a January move.

Palermo striker Abel Hernandez said that he skipped the Udinese clash as a precautionary measure, but his hamstring is already feeling better.

Parma coach Franco Colomba insists his side will always give their all to achieve victory, but underlines their main goal is only survival.

Siena president Massimo Mezzaroma has given his backing to coach Giuseppe Sannino and asked the fans to be realistic with their expectation.

Moroccan international Mehdi Benatia has intimated that he would like to leave Udinese for Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the campaign.