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Sunday, March 25, 2012

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has been given the green light to return to action after missing the last two fixtures with a hip injury.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said his team must show determination against Real Zaragoza, who will prove to be a difficult opponents.

Lionel Messi scored his 35th La Liga goal of the season as Barcelona registered their 13th home victory following the match against Mallorca.

Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino will be paying special attention to Malaga's set-pieces and believes ball possession will be key to the game.


Granada midfielder Fran Rico has warned his side to be wary of Sevilla, who will enter the match with more confidence after the win at Racing.

Levante coach Juan Ignacio Martinez has included Juanlu Gomez in his squad for the first time since the midfielder was injured 3 months ago.

Malaga midfielder Jeremy Toulalan will undergo surgery on his broken metatarsal on Tuesday and is likely to be out for the rest of the season.

Boss Jose Luis Mendilibar would love to see a daring Osasuna away from home, but believes he cannot complain about their conservative approach.

Racing Santander
Racing coach Alvaro Cervera has blamed himself for their 3 straight defeats, claiming that he has failed to explain his idea to the players.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano coach Jose Ramon Sandoval expects to meet a different Villarreal side following the arrival of manager Miguel Angel Lotina.

Real Betis
Real Betis coach Pepe Mel will have to take on Racing Santander without the services of Fabrizio, Iriney and Pereira due to various injuries.

Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 35th La Liga goal of the term as Real Madrid registered their 13th home win following the match against Sociedad.

Real Mallorca
Lionel Messi scored his 35th La Liga goal of the season to condemned Mallorca to their 6th away defeat following the match against Barcelona.

Real Sociedad
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 35th La Liga goal to condemned Real Sociedad to their 10th away defeat following the match against Real Madrid.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza boss Manolo Jimenez has acknowledged that it would be dangerous for his side to lose the ball in their own half against Atletico.

Sevilla midfielder Piotr Trochowski has urged his side to have the right attitude from the start, if the are to continue climbing the chart.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon coach Javier Clemente is determined to go on the offensive against Athletic Bilbao - a team he has described as 'a Ferrari'.


Villarreal coach Miguel Angel Lotina is hoping to improve on their performance away from home and to lay the foundation for their next win.

Serie A

AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 22nd Serie A goal of the season as Milan registered their 9th home victory following the match against Roma.

AS Roma
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 22nd Serie A goal of the season to condemned Roma to their 8th away defeat following the match against Milan.

Stefano Colantuono said Atalanta are determined to give a good performance against direct rivals Bologna, despite missing Denis and Marilungo.

Bologna coach Stefano believes his side are on track and will continue to achieve positive results as they prepare for the Atalanta clash.

Coach Massimo Ficcadenti is pleased with Cagliari's preparation for the Lazio clash, especially in attacks where there is a lot of competition.

Catania's Argentine striker Alejandro Gomez has made it clear that he wants to stay at the club with or without European football next season.

Cesena coach Mario Beretta said he is forced to make some squad changes due to injuries and suspensions, but their goal must always be to win.

Striker Alberto Paloschi admits he is happy with his work at Chievo, but believes Milan are still unlikely to require his services next season.

Delio Rossi reveals he offered to resign after Fiorentina's 5-0 defeat to Juventus, but the club and the players wanted him to continue on.

Striker Rodrigo Palacio said a win over Fiorentina will allow Genoa to make a decisive leap up the table as they hope to end the season well.

Inter Milan
Javier Zanetti said he will play Juventus as if it were the last game and would not hesitate to step aside in June if Inter Milan want him to.

Juventus star Giorgio Chiellini insists Inter remain as their greatest rivals even though they are currently not fighting for the Scudetto.

Lazio have officially extended the contracts of Cristian Brocchi and Giuseppe Biava for another year to tie them to the club until June 2013.

Lecce coach Serse Cosmi admits he prefers natural grass over a synthetic one and also insists the match against Novara will not be decisive.

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has confirmed that he will rotate his tired squad for the Catania clash in order to avoid potential injuries.

Novara coach Attilio Tesser is confident that his team will show great spirit against Lecce as they continue to hope for a Serie A survival.


Parma coach Roberto Donadoni has told his team to take full advantage of Cesena's current difficulties and prove that they can stay in Serie A.

Siena coach Giuseppe Sannino insists his team will play their usual game without making any special changes, despite Chievo doing very well.



Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger was delighted with the victory over Aston Villa, considering the effort and endeavour they have shown this week.

Aston Villa
Alex McLeish rued the soft goals his Aston Villa conceded in the defeat to Arsenal as he calls for more bravery and courage against big sides.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has called on his side to quickly get back to winning ways after seeing their recent resurgence ended at Bolton.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has revealed that Fabrice Muamba sent a good luck message to his team-mates on the eve of their win over Blackburn.

Coach Roberto Di Matteo felt Chelsea's draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge was a fair result after his side failed to create enough chances.

Coach David Moyes feels Everton finally got the result his players' performance deserved after their victory over Swansea at Liberty Stadium.

Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey believes the club can recover from recent defeats by grabbing a shock victory at Manchester United on Monday.

Coach Kenny Dalglish has cited fatigue after playing 3 games in 6 days as the reason for Liverpool's below-par performance in defeat to Wigan.

Manchester City
Yaya Toure scored his fourth Premier League goal as Manchester City registered their fourth away draw following the match against Stoke City.

Manchester United
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has declared himself fit and ready for action after spending the last three weeks on the sidelines.

Newcastle United
Newcastle's Danny Guthrie admits he would be disappointed to miss out on Europe despite starting the season with no thoughts of qualification.

Norwich City
Norwich manager Paul Lambert is refusing to admit his side are safe from relegation, despite having 39 points following the win over Wolves.

Queens Park Rangers
Mark Hughes fears Djibril Cisse's red card in the match against Sunderland will affect Queens Park Rangers' impending Premiership survival bid.

Stoke City
Peter Crouch scored his eighth Premier League goal as Stoke City registered their fifth home draw following the match against Manchester City.

Martin O'Neill showered praise on man of the match James McClean after the Sunderland winger punished a lacklustre Queens Park Rangers outfit.

Swansea City
Brendan Rodgers believes Swansea have learned a valuable lesson about the ruthlessness of the Premiership after their home defeat to Everton.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has admitted he did not want to risk Ledley King's long-term fitness by selecting him for the draw with Chelsea.

West Brom
Roy Hodgson believes West Brom have the potential to become an established Premier League force on a similar level to the likes of Everton.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes his side's first ever victory over Liverpool at Anfield is just reward for their recent good performances.

Wolves boss Terry Connor believes his bottom side can still escape relegation after producing a battling display in their defeat at Norwich.