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Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Wojciech Szczesny declared beating Tottenham felt as good as beating Barcelona and is confident that Robin van Persie will remain at the club.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa and England striker Darren Bent has been ruled out for up to three months after being diagnosed with ruptured ankle ligaments.

Manager Steve Kean insists the Blackburn dressing room is a more harmonious place following the departure of want-away defender Chris Samba.

Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has blasted his side's display against Chelsea and admitted criticism of their mental strength is justified.

Chelsea coach Andres Villas-Boas would be proud to return to Porto, but has made it clear that it is unlikely to happen in the near future.

Nikica Jelavic admits his start to life at Everton has been far from ideal but says he is keen to put things right at the earliest opportunity.

Fulham have signed midfielder Mahamadou Diarra on a short-term deal until the end of the season, pending the successful completion of a visa.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has admitted winning the Carling Cup has taken a weight off the shoulders of himself and Steven Gerrard.

Manchester City
Mario Balotelli has been left in no doubt that he will not be taken to the European Championship in the summer if he does not clean his act up.

Manchester United
Coach Sir Alex Ferguson is the key to Manchester United retaining their Premier League title, according to talismanic striker Wayne Rooney.

Newcastle United
Newcastle United coach Alan Pardew insists that progress is being made with new contracts for defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson.

Norwich City
Norwich City skipper Grant Holt feels playing for the Canaries could be hampering the international ambitions of several players at the club.

Queens Park Rangers
Manager Mark Hughes slammed his side's indiscipline after yet another dismissal and a defeat leaves QPR hovering just above the drop zone.

Stoke City
Ryan Shotton is targeting another victory over Norwich next weekend after helping Stoke City end a poor run with three points against Swansea.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has confirmed Sunderland winger James McClean will make his international debut against Czech Republic this week.

Swansea City
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers felt his side have paid for their sportsmanship in defeat by Stoke at the Britannia Stadium over the weekend.

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has pulled out of the Holland squad for the friendly versus England after sustaining an ankle injury.

West Brom
Peter Odemwingie says he has now cleared the air with Roy Hodgson following some public criticism from the West Brom boss earlier this season.

Wigan Athletic
Emmerson Boyce played himself into the record books at the weekend but admits the failure to beat Villa took the shine off his celebrations.

Striker Kevin Doyle insists the Wolves players are rallying around new boss Terry Connor in a bid to get him the job on a permanent basis.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa believes their match agianst Villarreal was a very unusual game and that draw can be considered fair.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico striker Radamel Falcao believes Sergio Busquets' offence was obvious and claims the referee was the only person who did not see it.

Carles Puyol has admitted that the Liga race may well be over, but Barca will continue to fight and hoping that Real Madrid will drop points.

Espanyol ace Alvaro Vazquez believes it is not impossible for his side to beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu when the league resumes next week.

Getafe striker Dani Guiza is aware two straight result in the La Liga will determined whether his team will be looking up or down the table.

Granada head coach Abel Resino believes his team did very well in the match against Osasuna and that they only thing missing was the result.

Ruben Suarez has become the second highest La Liga scorer for Levante and is just 4 goals away from equaling Mustapha Mariga's 17 goal tally.

Coach Manuel Pellegrini has conceded that Malaga players must improve their defense as goals scored against his side are beginning to show.

Osasuna coach Mendilibar has played down Andres Fernandez's first half heroic against Granada, stating that the keeper did what he had to do.

Racing Santander
Racing coach Juanjo Gonzalez admitted the draw against Sporting did them no good, but was encouraged with Gonzalo Colsa's return to action.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo coach Jose Ramon Sandoval is proud with his players' effort against Real Madrid, but claimed circumstances were aligned against them.

Real Betis
Real Betis midfielder Jefferson Montero admits he was looking forward to score against Getafe, but hopes his side can maitain their good run.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo was happy with his goal in the win against Rayo Vallecano, but stressed it was not his best strike to date.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca boss Joaquin Caparros was furious after it was suggested that he ordered his team to retreat into their own half after the break.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier was delighted with the win over Mallorca, as it will allow them to prepare calmly for the Bilbao clash.

Real Zaragoza
Zaragoza coach Manolo Jimenez has decided to take two days to reflect on his situation at the club, following the humiliating defeat to Malaga.

Sevilla coach Michel has played down their win over Valencia, but urged his players to reproduce the confidence they showed during the match.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon coach Javier Clemente is optimistic about their situation and believes his team need to loosen up and have fun during games.

Valencia coach Unai Emery has admitted that his players failed to threaten, despite playing well in their home defeat to direct rival Sevilla.

Villarreal manager Jose Francisco Molina is satisfied with his players' effort in the draw against Bilbao, who are undoubtedly a good team.

Serie A

AC Milan
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has called for calm following the Juventus clash, insisting that the referee did well despite the controversy.

AS Roma
Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini says the side run the risk of being considered as average given their inconsistent form this season.

Coach Stefano Colantuono has voiced his belief that he has a special chemistry with Atalanta, which allowed him to work very well at the club.

Bologna coach Stefano Pioli said he is used to relegation battles and has acknowledged that his team need more fluidity in their movement.

Cagliari goalkeeper Michael Agazzi is not worried about the defeat to Cesena, as he is convinced their qualities will carry the team forward.

Catania director Pietro Lo Monaco believes there are too many reactions to the Milan-Juventus game, which are not doing any good to the game.

Cesena striker Vicenzo Iaquinta was satisfied with his performance in the defeat to Chievo, considering that he has not played for a year.

Coach Domenico Di Carlo does not consider Chievo as sacrificial victims for the big clubs as he refuses to put extra pressure on the referees.

Sporting director Pantaleo Corvino will reportedly sign a new a new one-year deal with Fiorentina before his present agreement expires in June.

Genoa defender Emiliano Moretti is hoping the return of injured players will give manager Pasquale Marino more options heading into a match.

Inter Milan
Inter are reportedly considering giving Claudio Ranieri until the return leg of their Champions League tie against Marseille to save his job.

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says Juventus keeper Gigi Buffon will remain as captain, despite the controversy regarding Sulley Muntari's goal.

Lazio coach Edy Reja has admitted he often argue with the president, but insisted a stronger bond of friendship can be form from the ashes.

Head coach Serse Cosmi said he accepted the job at Siena, because believes the club is one of the places where he can express his qualities.

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri feels Napoli 'dominated' in their clash with Inter Milan and Ezequiel Lavezzi 'can become the complete striker'.

Novara coach Emiliano Mondonico admits they were hoping that Catania would ran out of steam in the second half after their midweek commitment.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini is very upset after finding out that referee Gava has worked for Sunday's opponents Siena for two years.

Parma have insisted that intersted parties will have to dig deep into their pockets if they want to sign star Sebastian Giovinco next summer.

Siena coach Giuseppe Sannino admits his side have benefited from Balzaretti's expulsion, but underlines that it could happened to any teams.

Udinese tactician Francesco Guidolin was surprised to receive the Panchina d'Oro for 2010-11 - the award handed out to Serie A's best Coach.