Saturday, April 21, 2012
Arsenal Juventus are interested to take Robin van Persie away from Arsenal, and have already contacted the player's agent to discuss a potential deal. Aston Villa Head coach Alex McLeish admits he is unable to predict whether Aston Villa striker Darren Bent will be fit for England's Euro 2012 campaign. Blackburn Steve Kean insists his relegation-threatened Blackburn squad are still close-knit, despite the latest ructions which saw Gael Givet left out. Bolton Owen Coyle shrugged off Bolton's fixture backlog as just another thing that has gone against them as he sets his sights on a win over Swansea. Chelsea Roberto Di Matteo insists he has not spoken to anyone at Chelsea about becoming a full-time manager, as he focuses on their upcoming matches. Everton Everton boss David Moyes believes the trip to Man Utd is the perfect game to get over the agony of their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool. Fulham Fulham manager Martin Jol is determined to keep hold of Clint Dempsey, but admitted the club are expecting bids to come in for the American. Liverpool Hamburg technical director Frank Arnesen has expressed his admiration for Dirk Kuyt as speculation over the Liverpool star's future continues. Manchester City Roberto Mancini has voiced his frustration with the standard of refereeing in England and claimed 'the rules are not the same for everyone'. Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United are waiting on Paul Pogba to decide whether he wants to sign a new deal at Old Trafford. Newcastle United Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has insisted his future remains on Tyneside as he focuses on helping the club qualify for Europe. Norwich City Manager Paul Lambert insists Norwich must not let Blackburn's struggles to stay in the Premier League deflect their own focus at Ewood Park. Queens Park Rangers Queens Park Rangers head coach Mark Hughes is hoping to beat Tottenham at home in order to put the pressure on the teams in and around them. Stoke City Tony Pulis insists he has no regrets at having passed on a deal for Demba Ba, only to see him prove his Premier League pedigree at rival clubs. Sunderland Black Cats coach Martin O'Neill is confident he can achieve with Sunderland what he did at Aston Villa and establish them as a top-six club. Swansea City Swansea City coach Brendan Rodgers admits to have 42 points with 4 games to spare leaves them very proud, but concedes they are not safe yet. Tottenham Harry Redknapp believes Ledley King's dip in form can be attributed to the fact he has been playing with an injury for the past two months. West Brom Roy Hodgson expects a hot reception from Liverpool fans on Sunday when returning to Anfield for the first time since being sacked by the Reds. Wigan Athletic Roberto Martinez has called on Victor Moses to stay at Wigan and improve as a player, after his agent claimed the forward wants to move on. Wolverhampton Dorus De Vries is poised to make his Premier League debut against Man City and claims he is ready to ease Wolverhampton's goalkeeping concerns.
Athletic Bilbao Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa has conceded that Sporting deserved the win, but is confident they can overcome the goal deficit at home. Atletico Madrid Atletico Madrid president Enrico Cerezo believes his team have taken a major step forward following their first leg victory over Valencia. Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola believes the league title is for Real to lose and all Barcelona can do is to push Los Blancos for as long as they can. Espanyol Espanyol striker Sergio Garcia has acknowledged that Atletico Madrid were not as aggressive before the arrival of head coach Diego Simeone. Getafe Getafe are keen to register their second consecutive victory when they take on Granada, who are desperate to avoid their sixth home defeat. Granada Granada are desperate to avoid their second straight defeat when they take on Getafe, who are looking to register their fifth away victory. Levante Levante defender Gustavo Cabral insists that his side are not worried about the chasing teams and focused only on winning their next match. Malaga Malaga's Nacho Monreal is still hoping to go to Euro 2012, but knows that it will be very difficult as he was not selected in the last call-up. Osasuna Striker Roland Lamah said the secret to Osasuna's success this season are hardwork and determination, as they chase for European qualification. Racing Santander Racing are desperate to avoid their fourth defeat in five games when they take on Bilbao, who are looking to register their fourth away win. Rayo Vallecano Rayo are determined to avoid their third straight defeat when they face Sporting Gijon, who are desperate to avoid their eighth home defeat. Real Betis Real Betis are keen to register their fourth win in five games when they take on Valencia, who have suffered four home defeat this season. Real Madrid Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka has dismissed the notion that his side will take a defensive approach against Barcelona at Camp Nou. Real Mallorca Mallorca are determined to avoid their third defeat in five games when they take on Zaragoza, who are looking for their fourth away victory. Real Sociedad Sociedad are keen to pick up points for the fifth straight game when they face Villarreal, who are desperate to avoid their 12th away defeat. Real Zaragoza Real Zaragoza are looking for their second consecutive win when they take on Real Mallorca, who are keen to avoid their sixth home defeat. Sevilla Sevilla coach Michel does not want his team to forget about their defeat at the hands of Getafe, but to use the humiliation to spur them on. Sporting Gijon Sporting are hoping to register their second win in five games when they take on Rayo, who are determined to avoid their ninth away defeat. Valencia Valencia manager Unai Emery has reportedly told Los Che players that he will leave the club in the summer after four years at the Mestalla. Villarreal Villarreal are determined to pick up points for the third straight game when they take on Sociedad, who are looking for their eighth home win.
AC Milan Director Adriano Galliani has denied rumours of a poor relationship between Milan President Silvio Berlusconi and Coach Massimiliano Allegri. AS Roma Young striker Fabio Borini is a late fitness doubt to face Juventus this weekend, after picking up a muscle injury in training for AS Roma. Atalanta Atalanta are hoping to register their third win in five games when they take on Catania, who have suffered only three home defeats this season. Bologna Bologna are hoping to pick up points for the third consecutive game when they take on Milan, who have dropped 14 points at home this season. Cagliari President Massimo Cellino has claimed that Cagliari have been forced out of their own city by the council, ahead of their match in Trieste. Catania Young coach Vincenzo Montella has looked to end speculation on his future by indicating that he will be staying at Catania for next season. Cesena Cesena are hoping to pick up points for the fifth straight games when they take on Palermo, who are still looking for their second away win. Chievo Chievo Verona centre back Francesco Acerbi would not turn down a move to Milan, but his agent insists no deal between clubs has been struck. Fiorentina Fiorentina are keen to pick up points for the third straight game when they take on Inter, who are looking for their seventh away victory. Genoa Genoa President Preziosi has claimed that Siena striker Mattia Destro will return to the Stadio Ferraris and that he is destined for greatness. Inter Milan Palermo shot-stopper Emiliano Viviano has hinted that he would be happy to return to Inter Milan, who own half of his contract, in the summer. Juventus Juventus are interested to take Robin van Persie away from Arsenal, and have already contacted the player's agent to discuss a potential deal. Lazio Lazio boss Edy Reja will have to do without Cristian Brocchi, after the midfielder was ruled out for the rest of the season with a foot injury. Lecce Lecce are keen to register their third consecutive win when they take on Lazio, who have dropped only 17 points at home so far this season. Napoli Walter Mazzarri believes Napoli have all the determination necessary to secure Champions League qualification again, but admits they are tired. Novara Head coach Attilio Tesser wants his Novara players to forget their current predicament so as to face Napoli at the San Paolo without fear. Palermo Palermo shot-stopper Emiliano Viviano has hinted that he would be happy to return to Inter Milan, who own half of his contract, in the summer. Parma Parma have insisted that boss Roberto Donadoni will remain at the club - but they are not so sure when it comes to striker Sebastian Giovinco. Siena Genoa President Preziosi has claimed that Siena striker Mattia Destro will return to the Stadio Ferraris and that he is destined for greatness. Udinese Francesco Guidolin has confirmed that Maurizio Domizzi would not play for Udinese this weekend after training ground clash with Pablo Armero.