Friday, May 4, 2012
Arsenal Robin van Persie is looking forward to playing alongside Lukas Podolski and feels he possesses the right attitude to be a success at Arsenal. Aston Villa Eric Lichaj believes he has the attributes to control the threat of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, when Aston Villa face Spurs this weekend. Blackburn Coach Steve Kean has dismissed reports that he was confronted by an angry fan who had broken into Blackburn's training ground as laughable. Bolton Bolton coach Owen Coyle has told his players they need to show character and bravery in their final two games, if they are to avoid the drop. Chelsea Petr Cech believes Chelsea's chances of finishing fourth are probably over after they lost to Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. Everton It was reported that Everton are considering a move for Norwich City defender Zak Whitbread, who is out of contract at the end of the season. Fulham Pavel Pogrebnyak has sought to end any uncertainty about his long-term future by confirming his intention to agree a new contract at Fulham. Liverpool It was claimed that Olympique Lyonnais defender Dejan Lovren has been made a target for Liverpool, following his strong showing this season. Manchester City Juventus have told the agent of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, that the club are not interested in signing the Italy international. Manchester United Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits it will be 'impossible' to catch Manchester City if they win convincingly at Newcastle United. Newcastle United Jonas Gutierrez hailed Newcastle Utd's win at Chelsea and believes the club are still in a good position to qualify for the Champions League. Norwich City It was reported that Wigan, Sunderland and Everton are keen on Norwich defender Zak Whitbread, who is out of contract at the end of the season. Queens Park Rangers QPR boss Mark Hughes wants his players to keep their composure in the final two games, but insists their poor disciplinary record is undeserved. Stoke City Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has insisted he would like Jermaine Pennant to stay at the Britannia Stadium for the remainder of his contract. Sunderland It was reported that Sunderland are considering a move for Norwich City defender Zak Whitbread, who is out of contract at the end of the season. Swansea City Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Brendan Rodgers for sticking to his principles and believes he should be considered for manager of the year award. Tottenham Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has hailed Harry Redknapp as a special manager and hopes he remains at Tottenham as long as possible. West Brom Chris Brunt hopes West Brom can finish the season strongly and get in the top 10 before coach Roy Hodgson leaves to concentrate on England. Wigan Athletic It was reported that Wigan are considering a move for Norwich City defender Zak Whitbread, who is out of contract at the end of the season. Wolverhampton Steven Mouyokolo has returned to Wolves from his loan spell at Sochaux and could yet have a future at Molineux, according to boss Terry Connor.
Athletic Bilbao Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa said the sending-off made everything much more difficult, but admitted Real Madrid deserved the victory. Atletico Madrid Diego Simeone said Atletico players were devastated to draw with Sociedad, but insisted they will not give up on their Champions League dream. Barcelona Ajax coach Frank de Boer has stated that departing captain Jan Vertonghen should shun Premier League advances in favour of a move to Barcelona. Espanyol Espanyol keeper Cristian Alvarez said the team have tried their best and are disappointed at missing a place in next season's Europa League. Getafe Getafe midfielder Michel is delighted to have secured their La Liga survival and hopes to use the last two matches to improve their image. Granada Granada coach Abel Resino is likely to have Inigo Lopez available again for the Real Madrid clash after the defender recovered from injury. Levante Levante defender Pedro Lopez has urged his side to keep believing that they can still finish fourth, despite trailing Malaga by three points. Malaga Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho believes Atletico will field a competitive side this weekend, despite their upcoming Europa League final. Osasuna Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar will have to face Sociead this weekend without the services of Lekic, Roversio and Damia due to suspensions. Racing Santander Racing have confirmed that Pedro Munitis has played his last game this season as the striker is sidelined for three weeks due to muscle tear. Rayo Vallecano Rayo midfielder Michel has acknowledged that his team have no choice, but to win against Sevilla or risk getting suck down into the drop zone. Real Betis Real Betis coach Pepe Mel will be missing three players due to suspensions and another two due to injuries when they take on Sporting Gijon. Real Madrid Xabi Alonso said Real Madrid's La Liga triumph this season has been made all the more special because they have beaten a great Barcelona side. Real Mallorca Real Mallorca registered their first three consecutive wins in three seasons as they hope to qualify for Europa League in the next two games. Real Sociedad Sociedad captain Mikel Aranburu announced that he will retire at the end of this season because the time is right for him to leave football. Real Zaragoza Zaragoza captain Javier Paredes has told his team to make sure they have 43 points at the end of the season as they wait for other results. Sevilla Sevilla coach Michel may have to face Rayo Vallecano this weekend without the services of Alvaro Negredo and Gary Medel due to suspensions. Sporting Gijon Sporting Gijon striker Mate Bilic is sadden by their relegation from the La Liga, but admitted they have struggled for the past three seasons. Valencia Valencia midfielder Pablo Hernandez is delighted to have qualified to the Champions League, but they are determined to finish 3rd this season. Villarreal Villarreal goalkeeper Diego Lopez lamented the absence of Marcos Senna due to physical problem because they could use him against Valencia.
AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani claims Milan have no plans to revamp their attacking options in the summer, but he does not rule out a rethink. AS Roma Roma goalkeeper Maarte Stekelenburg insisted he is currently out due to a should injury and not because he wants to rest ahead of Euro 2012. Atalanta Atalanta boss Stefano Colantuono insists players must respect Coaches after Fiorentina's Delio Rossi struck Adem Ljajic after he was provoked. Bologna Bologna boss Stefano Pioli will have to face Napoli without the services of Kone, Portanova and Ramirez after they were handed one-match bans. Cagliari Cagliari coach Massimo Ficcadenti will have to face Juventus without the services of Alessandro Agostini after he was handed a one-match ban. Catania Catania coach Vincenzo Montella will have to face Roma without the services of Nicolas Spolli after the defender was handed a one-match ban. Cesena Cesena manager Mario Beretta is keen to give his young players some Serie A experiences before the club heads down for their next campaign. Chievo Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino believes the characteristic of the pitch may have given his side a slight advantage in the draw with Roma. Fiorentina Fiorentina have confirmed that Vincenzo Guerini will take charge of the last two games of the season following the dismissal of Delio Rossi. Genoa Genoa President Enrico Preziosi regrets not hiring new boss Gigi De Canio earlier in the campaign, following their crucial win over Cagliari. Inter Milan Inter President Massimo Moratti has conceded that his club will inadvertently help one of their great rivals - Milan or Juventus to the title. Juventus Juventus have told the agent of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, that the club are not interested in signing the Italy international. Lazio Siena striker Mattia Destro says it would be an honour for him to partner Miroslav Klose should Lazio make a move for him in the summer market. Lecce Lecce will have to face Fiorentina without the services of Carrozzieri, Cuadrado and Muriel after the trio were handed one-match suspensions. Napoli Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri will have to face Bologna without the services of Federico Fernandez after the defender was handed a one-match ban. Novara Novara coach Attilio Tesser regretted that his team were unable to kill the game with a third goal only to let Fiorentina escape with a point. Palermo Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini has revealed that boss Bortolo Mutti is unlikely to be handed a new contract, following recent results. Parma Parma coach Roberto Donadoni will have to face Siena without the services of Santacroce and Valdes after both were handed a one-match ban. Siena Siena striker Mattia Destro says it would be an honour for him to partner Miroslav Klose should Lazio make a move for him in the summer market. Udinese Midfielder Diego Fabbrini will remain at Udinese next season despite so far failing to become a regular first teamer at the Stadio Friuli.