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Friday, November 4, 2011

EPL 2011/11/4

Cologne have shrugged off Arsenal's reported interest in star striker Lukas Podolski and expect him to extend his deal in the near future.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish insists goalkeeper Shay Given is not to blame after his side conceded 8 times in their last 3 league games.

It was reported that Ipswich are poised to make Blackburn an offer to sign Keith Andrews on a free transfer when his loan expires in January.

Pescara sports director Daniele Delli Carri insists they have not received any firm enquiries from Bolton for teenage defender Marco Capuano.

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is making good progress in his recovery from knee surgery and could be back in action by the end of the year.

Leon Osman is delighted that Everton defender Tony Hibbert is finally starting to receive some recognition as one of the best in the country.

Andrew Johnson scored his eighth Europa League goal as Fulham registered their second win in Group K following the match against Wisla Krakow.

Kenny Dalglish believes the growing strength of partnerships within his Liverpool team provides them with a better chance of long-term success.

Manchester City
Captain Vincent Kompany is convinced Manchester City will make a big impression in the Champions League if his side reach the knockout stage.

Manchester United
Phil Jones believes Rio Ferdinand's age is 'just a number' and has backed the experienced defender to continue to contribute at Old Trafford.

Newcastle United
Newcastle and Sunderland are said to be preparing a move for Ivica Olic, after the Bayern Munich striker confirmed he was to leave the club.

Norwich City
Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson says it is good for the Canaries to have Steve Morison and Grant Holt battling for a starting spot.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers defender Danny Gabbidon is hoping that a more confident approach to their match against Man City will benefit his side.

Stoke City
Peter Crouch scored his second Europa League goal as Stoke City registered their third win in Group E following the match against Maccabi.

Sunderland and Newcastle are said to be preparing a move for Ivica Olic, after the Bayern Munich striker confirmed he was to leave the club.

Swansea City
Danny Graham is relishing the opportunity to play at Anfield as Swansea look to claim their first away victory of the Premier League campaign.

Bebars Natcho scored his first Europa League goal to condemned Tottenham to their first defeat in Group A following the match at Rubin Kazan.

West Brom
Roy Hodgson has dismissed Shane Long's chances of making a recovery in time for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 play-off with Estonia.

Wigan Athletic
Boss Roberto Martinez believes Wigan's secret weapon in their bid to haul themselves off the bottom of the Premier League will be Dave Whelan.

Wolves head coach Mick McCarthy knows that the Wigan clash is the best chance his side have of taking 3 points and kicking start their season.

La Liga 2011/11/4

Athletic Bilbao
Ander Herrera scored his first Europa League goal as Athletic Bilbao registered their third win in Group F following the match at Salzburg.

Atletico Madrid
Adrian Lopez scored his fourth Europa League goal as Atletico registered their second victory in Group I following the match against Udinese.

Anzhi Makhachkala full-back Roberto Carlos revealed his club tried to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi during the summer transfer window.

Espanyol defender Romaric is happy that his yellow card has been rescinded, but underlines that his team lost due to the resulting penalty.

Coach Luis Garcia is in no danger of being shown the door as Getafe took into account the late arrival of signings and their injury crisis.

Granada have the worst scoring record in the league with just 4 goals in 10 games so far this term thanks to Uche, Rico, Geijo and Mikel Rico.

Coach Juan Ignacio Martinez believes a win over Valencia will be a giant step for Levante, but insists survival is still their primary target.

Joaquin Sanchez admits Malaga are feeling confident again after ending their losing streak and looking forward to move up the table again.

Osasuna goalkeeper Andres Fernandez said he does not suffer nightmares about facing Real Madrid stars despite suffering 8-0 defeat to Barca.

Racing Santander
Racing midfielder Kennedy Bakircioglu has urged his team to turn their attention away from the chaos at the club and just focus on their work.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo midfielder Mikel Labaka is confident about winning against his former club Sociedad if his side can play the way they did against Malaga.

Real Betis
Midfielder Javier Matilla remains optimistic that Real Betis can start to move forward again, as they have not been all bad in their defeats.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has revealed that Fabio Coentrao is doubtful for Sunday's match against Osasuna due to a muscular problem.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca midfielder Pepe Lluis Marti has urged his side to beat Sevilla, so that they can train in peace during the international break.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad striker Imanol Agirretxe believes their trip to Rayo offers his side a good opportunity to break their current losing streak.

Real Zaragoza
Zaragoza striker Luis Garcia admits their game against Sporting Gijon is very important to the team's future, but insists it is not decisive.

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has ruled out a January move for Giovani dos Santos, but the club will continue to look for a striker.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon defender Ivan Hernandez believes his side have proven that they improving after picking up 7 points in their last 3 matches.

Valencia striker Jonas declared that he will score within 9 seconds at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League tie with Chelsea on December 6.

Villarreal striker Jose Luis Moreno has extended his contract until 2015, just a day after making his first start in the Champions League.

Serie A 2011/11/4

AC Milan
AC Milan will reportedly make a January move for Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella after identifying him as Antonio Cassano's replacement.

AS Roma
Roma directors Franco Baldini and Walter Sabatini have expressed their faith in Luis Enrique's ability to turn around the club's fortunes.

Atalanta sports chief Pierpaolo Marino is reported considering a move for midfielder Riccardo Cazzola, who is currently tied to Juve Stabia.

Bologna midfielder Gaston Ramirez is delighted to have extended his contract until 2016 after the club showed genuine interest to retain him.

Belgium national coach Georges Leekens has summoned Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan to his squad for the ties against Romania and France.

Nicola Legrottaglie admits Milan are the clear favourites to win this weekend, but warns that Catania will not make it easy for the champions.

It was reported Cesena are set to open talks with Varese about the possible transfer of young striker Giuseppe De Luca in the winter marker.

Stefano Sorrentino has demanded a reaction from his Chievo teammates when they take on Fiorentina after last weekend's humiliation in Siena.

Fiorentina fans have apologised for criticising coach Sinisa Mihajlovic by displaying a banner outside the club's home stadium on Thursday.

Genoa defender Emiliano Moretti admits his side need to find the right chemistry in order to be successful and qualify for a place in Europe.

Inter Milan
Walter Samuel has stressed the win over Lille was vital in order to show the football world that Inter are still a force to be reckoned with.

Gianluigi Buffon has played down both Juventus' title credentials and that Sunday's meeting with Napoli can be thought of as a title-decider.

Christian Brocchi scored his first Europa League goal as Lazio registered their first victory in Group D following the match against Zurich.

Midfielder Carlos Grossmuller insists Lecce are not concerned about Cesena having a new coach and will only focus on their own performance.

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri saluted his players for not giving up after Bayern Munich took a 3-goal lead in their Champions League's clash.

Novara coach Attilio Tesser insists his team is doing well, but believes results is king in Serie A and that nobody cares about performance.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini said that there will no coaching reshuffle, confirming that he has already spoken with Devis Mangia.

Parma midfielder Daniele Galloppa believes he has proven his fitness against Cesena and hopes that his team can produce continuity in results.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini is reportedly set to offer the sporting director's role to Giorgio Perinetti, who is currently at Siena.

Adrian Lopez scored his fourth Europa League goal to condemned Udinese to their first defeat in Group I following the match against Atletico.