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Sunday, February 19, 2012


Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has called on his side to 'stay united and fight' after ending a miserable week with a defeat at Sunderland.

Aston Villa
Goalkeeper Shay Given has urged his understudy, Brad Guzan, to remain at Villa, despite his deal being set to expire at the end of the season.

Scott Dann insists he is over the worst of his injury problems and hopes Rovers fans will continue to back his team until the end of the term.

Owen Coyle praised the performance of Ryo Miyaichi after the teenager starred in Bolton's victory against Millwall in the FA Cup fifth round.

Under-pressure Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas conceded that their FA Cup draw at home to Birmingham represented another 'quite poor' result.

Everton boss David Moyes admits his side are firmly focused on FA Cup success this season after they booked their place in the last eight.

Fulham defender Stephen Kelly has backed Pavel Pogrebnyak to be a success at Craven Cottage after his goal-scoring debut against Stoke City.

Kenny Dalglish insists Liverpool will not be distracted by their upcoming Carling Cup final, when they host Brighton in the FA Cup fifth round.

Manchester City
Man City defender Micah Richards has branded English football's record in the battle against racism as 'outstanding' despite recent incidents.

Manchester United
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia admits he feared for his season after suffering another injury setback at Ajax Amsterdam on Thursday.

Newcastle United
Alan Pardew has fostered a climate of mutual respect that lies behind Newcastle United's surprise success this season, says Robbie Elliott.

Norwich City
Norwich manager Paul Lambert believes his side's FA Cup exit could be a 'blessing in disguise' if they managed to stay in the Premier League.

Queens Park Rangers
LEEDS have appointed Neil Warnock, who was sacked from his position at Queens Park Rangers recently, as manager until the end of next season.

Stoke City
Valencia and Crawley have little in common but Stoke star Rory Delap knows the Potters cannot afford to drop their performance in the FA Cup.

Coach Martin O'Neill felt his side had an extra spring in their step after watching Sunderland record a super win over Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Swansea City
Head coach Brendan Rodgers has insisted that philosophy will be more important than facilities to ensure Swansea City find another Joe Allen.

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is positive that the arrival of his boyhood hero Louis Saha could boost the club's hopes in the title race.

West Brom
Peter Whittingham is convinced he made the right decision in brushing off links to West Brom and West Ham to remain fully committed to Cardiff.

Wigan Athletic
Defender Emmerson Boyce is confident his Wigan side can use the lessons they learnt in the past seasons in order to again avoid relegation.

Jez Moxey says Wolves' search for a new coach is progressing but refused to be drawn on speculation that Alan Curbishley is out of the running.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
It was reported that Bilbao president Josu Urrutia has already begun talks with coach Marcelo Bielsa about extending his contract at the club.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has told his team that they need to continue making improvement in their work, starting with himself.

Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola is hoping that Xavi will be available for their clash against Valencia after returning to squad traning.

Alvaro Vasquez scored his fourth La Liga goal of the season as Espanyol registered their fourth away draw following the match against Getafe.

Nicolas Fedor scored his seventh La Liga goal of the season as Getafe registered their fifth home draw following the match against Espanyol.

Granada manager Abel Resino believes it will take a high level of performance and patience from his team if they are to beat Real Sociedad.

Levante manager Juan Ignacio Martinez has welcomed the arrival of defender David Navarro, who will bring valuable experience into his squad.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has warned his team that they need full concentration to beat Bilbao, who are traditionally very tough at home.


Racing Santander

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo coach Jose Ramon Sandoval insisted that they are not looking for revenge against Levante, but only focused on getting the three points.

Real Betis
Real Betis coach Pepe Mel has given his full support for Iriney Santos' contract to be renewed, but admits the matter is out of his hands.

Real Madrid

Real Mallorca
Mallorca coach Joaquin Caparros has stressed that his team must improve on their concentration if they are to rebuild their fortress at home.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier has ignored the euphoria surrounding the club and underlined that reaching 45 points is his only goal.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza midfielder Franco Zuculini has admitted that the talk they had with coach Manolo Jimenez last week had a huge impact on the team.


Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon coach Javier Clemente has dropped Damian Suarez and Nacho Cases, while Pedro Orfila could make the squad for the Atletico clash.

Valencia loanee Sergio Canales has declared that he is eagerly anticipating his return to the pitch, but will not put a date on his return.

Villarreal coach Jose Francisco Molina has revealed striker Nilmar is a serious doubt for the Mallorca clash after sustaining a muscle injury.

Serie A

AC Milan
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is forced to make some changes to his squad, but warned the players they cannot get it wrong against Cesena.

AS Roma
Manager Luis Enrique admits Roma struggle to find a solution when opponents change their tactics, as they prepare to face Parma on Sunday.

Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono has urged his team to remain calm in their vital match against Novara and to continue playing their own game.

Bologna coach Stefano Pioli said the 3-0 result against Inter Milan suggested that it was practically a perfect performance by his players.

Cagliari coach Davide Ballardini has full confidence in his young players and is convinced Udinese are not affected by their European exertion.


Manager Daniele Arrigoni has urged Cesena not to pay attention to the other teams, but to focus on their efforts in reaching the 40 points.

Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo has warned Genoa that his players are not afraid to go to the Marassi and pile the pressure on the home team.

Manager Delio Rossi concedes Napoli were simply better than Fiorentina and that his side's weaknesses emerge if they do not play a certain way.

Genoa coach Pasquale Marino said despite missing some key players, his team must force Chievo to start their moves deep in their own half.

Inter Milan
It was reported that Luis Figo or Fabio Capello will take over if Inter sack Claudio Ranieri after their humiliation at the hands of Bologna.


Lazio coach Edy Reja is confident that his makeshift team will be able to compete against Palermo and redeem their European disappointment.

Coach Serse Cosmi warns his Lecce side that the game with Siena will be dominated by the psychological aspect and that they must start winning.

Edinson Cavani is convinced Napoli are on the right track and must continue to play the same way against Chelsea after beating Fiorentina.

Novara coach Emiliano Mondonico knows his team must make the most of their scoring chances against Atalanta if they are to bring home points.

Palermo coach Bortolo Mutti is still concerned about Abel Hernandez's fitness as the striker may not even make it to the bench against Lazio.

Boss Roberto Donadoni is sick of the refereeing controversies talk and is determined to keep Parma players focused only on footballing matters.

Giuseppe Sannino insists there is no more pressure on Siena than usual, as they go from beating Roma to Sunday's relegation scrap with Lecce.

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin has called for his team to stand firm and push on until the end of the season, despite the missing players.