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Thursday, November 3, 2011


Polish international goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has revealed that Arsenal's confidence is soaring due their current six-game unbeaten run.

Aston Villa
Alex McLeish is confident Jermaine Jenas will make his Aston Villa debut on Saturday against Norwich after recovering from successive injuries.

Keith Andrews feels his tenure at Blackburn has come to an end and would be ready to turn his loan deal at Ipswich Town into a permanent one.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle is hopeful that Lee Chung-yong will return to action this season and says the winger could even be back by March.

Petr Cech has insisted it is too early to panic over Chelsea's dramatic loss of form but admits they must come out of their mini-slump soon.

Everton utility player Seamus Coleman is trying to pick up goalscoring tips from Louis Saha in a bid to provide extra options for the team.

Fulham striker Andy Johnson believes his team-mates may need to start doing some play-acting themselves in Europe in order to keep things fair.

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing believes it will not be long before defender Jose Enrique receives his first international call-up from Spain.

Manchester City
Yaya Toure scored his second Champions League goal as Man City registered their second win in Group A following the match against Villarreal.

Manchester United
Antonio Valencia scored his first Champions League goal as Man Utd registered their second win in Group C following the match against Otelul.

Newcastle United
Ryan Taylor says Newcastle's impressive form in the early stages of the season will help his side face both Manchester clubs without any fear.

Norwich City
Norwich's Anthony Pilkington is not pondering where his international allegiance lies, should the Republic of Ireland or England come calling.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Akos Buzsaky has denied quotes attributed to him stating he was due to undergo a knee operation this month.

Stoke City
Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham is in line to make his first appearance in seven months when his side clash against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce believes Simon Mignolet will be out for two months after sustaining a severe fracture of his nose and eye socket.

Swansea City
Swansea City coach Brendan Rodgers expects Kemy Agustien, Steven Caulker and Stephen Dobbie to return from injury against Manchester United.

Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Kevin Bond insists that Harry Redknapp will not retire despite undergoing a heart operation on Wednesday.

West Brom
Paul Scharner has been ruled out of West Brom's trip to Arsenal on Saturday after scans revealed he had suffered a minor knee ligament tear.

Wigan Athletic
Roberto Martinez claims Wigan's Mohamed Diame would have broken his leg if his foot had not been off the ground when caught by Steve Sidwell.

Coach Mick McCarthy has confirmed Wolves' leading scorer Steven Fletcher is not yet ready to play against fellow strugglers Wigan on Sunday.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
President Josu Urrutia said his Bilbao will approach the match against Salzburg with the intention to win without making too many assumptions.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid coach Gregorio Manzano has lamented the fact that he is forced to change his line-ups in every single game so far this season.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was close to joining Serie A giants Juventus when he left Manchester United in 2008, according to his father.

Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino claims it is easier to commit refereeing mistakes against his side compared to teams like Barca or Madrid.

Getafe winger Pedro Leon has confirmed that he will be out for 6 to 8 weeks after undergoing surgery, but is adamant to make a quick return.

Granada goalkeper Roberto declared that his team will face Racing this weekend with high morale following the important victory over Sevilla.

Captain Sergio Ballesteros insists it is ridiculous to consider Levante as favourites when going up against a European side like Valencia.

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero has urged Malaga to rediscover their defensive solidity after seeing his goal breached 10 times in the last 4 ties.

Osasuna defender Damia Abella concedes he would be satisfied if his team were able to keep a clean sheet against Real Madrid this weekend.

Racing Santander
Racing Santander boss Hector Cuper could give Lautaro Acosta his fifth start as Papa Kouli Diop is unavailable this weekend due to suspension.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano head coach Jose Ramon Sandoval has been handed a two-match suspension after he was sent off last weekend against Villarreal.

Real Betis
Real Betis captain Iriney Santos said now more than ever his side must prove themselves when they clash against one of the top teams, Malaga.

Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third Champions League goal as Real Madrid registered their fourth win in Group D following the match at Lyon.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca coach Joaquin Caparros will have Tomas Pina back from his ban this weekend, while Josep Lluis Marti is a doubt for the game.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi is hoping to be available this weekend, after completing his first training session in 3 weeks.

Real Zaragoza
Helder Postiga and Luis Garcia are currently the leading goal-getter for Zaragoza with 3 goals each after both making 9 starts for the side.

Sevilla's medical team have decided that striker Alvaro Negredo needs to take a break in order to fully recovered from his niggling problem.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon defender Damian Suarez declares he is ready to take over from Alberto Lora, should his team-mate fail to shake off his injury.

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado claims that this is the best team of his career, after spending time with Real Madrid, Osasuna and Getafe.

Yaya Toure scored his second Champions League goal to condemned Villarreal to their fourth defeat in Group A following the visit of Man City.

Serie A

AC Milan
Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani maintains that striker Antonio Cassano's career will not come to an end as a result of heart surgery.

AS Roma
It was reported that Roma sports director Walter Sabatini are interested in the services of Venezuelan defender Roberto Rosales of Twente.

Atalanta could miss on their Swedish target Celik Mervan, who is reportedly set to open talks with Fulham about a move to the English side.

Marco Di Vaio has revealed that last summer he rejected the opportunity of Champions League football with Napoli by staying loyal to Bologna.

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino has underlined his faith in coach Massimo Ficcadenti and that the Rossoblu are building for the future.

Director Pietro Lo Monaco admits AC Milan are the clear favourites this weekend, but is confident that Catania will put on a good display.

Cesena president Igor Campedelli said the arrival of Daniele Arrigoni gives him positive energy and belief that they can avoid relegation.

Chievo are in 13th place in the Fairplay chart with 24 penalty points after accumulating 22 red cards and one red card so far this season.

Manuel Pasqual's agent insists there is no problem in contract talks and is confident that his client will sign a new deal with Fiorentina.

Genoa sports director Stefano Capozucca has played down his clash with Fiorentina's Houssine Kharja, claiming the news has been exaggerated.

Inter Milan
Diego Milito scored his first Champions League goal as Inter Milan registered their third win in Group B following the match against Lille.

Amauri's agent has denied rumours linking the Juventus striker to Bologna and Genoa and revealed there are no offers currently on the table.

Lazio head coach Edy Reja admits he would love to reach the same height of Napoli and finish the current season in a Champions League spot.

Lecce striker Daniele Corvia suffered boos and jeers during the training session after he missed a wonderful opportunity to score last Sunday.

Mario Gomez scored his fifth Champions League goal to condemned Napoli to their first defeat in Group A following the match against Bayern.

Novara coach Tesser has no intention of changing the approach they have been using in the last two years, despite being labelled too bold.

Palermo sporting director Sean Sogliano has quit the club after clashing on a number of occasions with fiery President Maurizio Zamparini.

Parma coach Franco Colomba is hoping Antonio Giovinco will remain at the club for a long time and continue to improve his football profile.

Siena midfielder Simone Vergassola has begun his recovery program on Wednesday that will see him sidelined for the next six to seven weeks.

Udinese striker Diego Fabbrini is hoping to confirm the Zebrette's current good form in Serie A with a win over Atletico in the Europa League.