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Cahill and Luiz winning fitness battles ahead of Champions League final in Munich

Posted Saturday, May 12, 2012 by Dailymail

David Luiz and Gary Cahill have been cleared to start full training next week as the countdown begins to the Champions League final. The Chelsea central defensive pairing will be left out of the squad to face Blackburn in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, but will resume training next week. Their return is a massive boost for Chelsea’s interim coach Roberto Di Matteo ahead of the ...Full Story »

Champions League football crucial to holding on to Falcao, admits Atletico Madrid CEO Gil Marin

Posted Friday, May 11, 2012 by Goal.com

Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin has revealed that securing a return to the Champions League is integral to their continued financial stability and, by association, their hopes of holding on to star striker Radamel Falcao. The Rojiblancos lifted the Europa League in Bucharest on Wednesday night but need to defeat Villarreal at El Madrigal on Sunday and hope Malaga drop points at hom...Full Story »

Relegated Wolves go for Champions League experience as they name Solbakken boss

Posted Friday, May 11, 2012 by Dailymail

Stale Solbakken is the new manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The sacked Cologne coach met Molineux owner Steve  Morgan for an interview on Thursday and has agreed to become Mick McCarthy’s successor. The former Norway midfielder, 44, was kicked out of the relegated Bundesliga club after less than a year in charge. Until then he had tasted success in Denmark with  Copenhagen,...Full Story »

Crocked Chelsea duo Luiz and Cahill in line for Champions League final

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 by Dailymail

Chelsea's defensive duo David Luiz and Gary Cahill are winning their battle to be fit for the Champions League final, which is central to the club's future. Tuesday's 4-1 defeat at  Liverpool means that failure to beat Bayern Munich on May 19 will leave the club outside the Champions League next season, with the potential £50m loss in revenue a significant blow to their finances. ...Full Story »

Sack Kean now! Leaked letter reveals scale of turmoil behind the scenes at relegated Rovers

Posted Wednesday, May 09, 2012 by Dailymail

Sack Kean now! Leaked letter reveals scale of turmoil behind the scenes at relegated Rovers Blackburn Rovers' most senior English-based executive warned the club's Indian owners that relegation and possible financial disaster were coming and urged them to sack manager Steve Kean in December, it has emerged. Rovers are now preparing to play in the Championship next season after Monday night's...Full Story »

Send for Theo! Winger Walcott set to be fit for Champions League decider

Posted Tuesday, May 08, 2012 by Dailymail

Theo Walcott could make a miraculous return to the Arsenal team to help secure third place in the Premier League on Sunday. Arsene Wenger had ruled the winger out for the rest of the season after he sustained a hamstring injury in the goalless draw against Chelsea last month. But Walcott is expected to resume full training before the end of the week and could feature in the make-or-break cla...Full Story »

Only an act of God can stop Rob being crowned on Sunday

Posted Monday, May 07, 2012 by Dailymail

EYES ON THE PRIZE ... Mancini is closing in on glory IT looks like the year to end all years. The London Olympics, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee... and a Coronation. For only an earthquake or some other act of God can prevent Manchester City being crowned champions for the first time in 44 years next Sunday. The opposition? The QPR side managed by Mark Hughes, the man controversially a...Full Story »

I want perfect 10

Posted Monday, May 07, 2012 by The Sun

CUP OF CHEER ... Lampard celebrates with John Terry at Wembley FRANK LAMPARD picked up his ninth winners’ medal for Chelsea at Wembley. Now the England midfielder wants to make it a perfect 10 in Munich. Lamps, 33, has won every domestic honour going during his 11 years at Stamford Bridge. But European success has eluded him — and he is desperate to end that long wait in the Cham...Full Story »

Pardew knows even Toon victory might not be enough for Champions League finish

Posted Monday, May 07, 2012 by Dailymail

Alan Pardew knows that even if his side win their final Barlays Premier League game of the season at Everton it still may not be enough for Newcastle to play in the Champions League next term. Even if Newcastle win their match, if north London teams Tottenham and Arsenal also win their games, it will be the Europa League for Pardew's boys rather than Europe's top table. But the 2-0 defeat by M...Full Story »

Charles Sale: UEFA give banned Terry free rein at Champions League final

Posted Monday, May 07, 2012 by Dailymail

UEFA are letting Chelsea decide the role banned captain John Terry plays in the Champions League trophy presentation ceremony, whether they win or lose in Munich. Stand-in skipper Frank Lampard hopes to lift the European Cup with Terry, as they did the  FA Cup at Wembley, and UEFA protocol allows that to happen, even with Terry playing no part in the match. UEFA president Michel Platini...Full Story »

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