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Moratti: Inter must beat Marseille

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti wants his team to progress to the quarter-finals through "any means necessary" on Tuesday. The Nerazzuri had failed to register a victory since January before their weekend encounter with Chievo. Luckily, the game ended with a 2-0 win victory relieving some pressure on head coach Claudio Ranieri. Nevertheless, Moratti does not wish his team to lose thei...Full Story »

Guardiola doesn't want to face Milan

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola believes that of all the strong teams to reach the quarter-finals, he wishes to avoid AC Milan after meeting them in the group stages. Barcelona were rampant against Bayer Leverkusen last week with Lionel Messi grabbing a record five-goal haul. They have been tipped by many as likely to retain their Champions League trophy but the likes of arch rivals Real Madrid...Full Story »

Bayern ready for 'match of destiny' says Heynckes

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by YAHOO Sport

It has been dubbed Bayern Munich's "match of destiny", but coach Jupp Heynckes insists his team are ready to beat FC Basel and book their place in the last eight of the Champions League. Bayern host Basel at Munich's Allianz Arena on Tuesday needing to over-turn their shock 1-0 defeat from the Round of 16 first leg at St Jakob Park three weeks ago and defeat would be little short of a disaster ...Full Story »

Inter Milan vs Marseille preview - Milito wants to win it for Ranieri

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by PA

Inter Milan striker Diego Milito is confident his team can ease pressure on boss Claudio Ranieri by progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Despite the backing of Inter president Massimo Moratti, Ranieri's position has become uncertain following a poor run of results. Andre Ayew's late winner in the 1-0 defeat at Marseille a fortnight ago came in the middle of a nine-game wi...Full Story »

Bayern Munich vs Basle preview - Basle to travel with confidence

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by PA

Basle travel to the Allianz Arena for their decisive Champions League clash with Bayern Munich unfazed by the Germans' 7-1 demolition of Hoffenheim on Saturday. The Swiss side, who have already knocked Manchester United out of the competition this season, hold a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, meaning Bayern have to score at least once to keep the tie alive. But Basle midfielder Granit Xhaka...Full Story »

Mata sets sights on Chelsea Euro fightback

Posted Monday, March 12, 2012 by YAHOO Sport

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata has told his team-mates they can stage a dramatic fightback against Napoli if they treat the Champions League last 16 second-leg tie like a cup final. After a 3-1 defeat in the first leg in Naples, Mata knows Chelsea are underdogs heading into Wednesday's return at Stamford Bridge, but the Spanish star is convinced Roberto Di Matteo's team can secure the 2...Full Story »

Bayern trio nursing knocks for crucial Basel clash

Posted Monday, March 12, 2012 by YAHOO Sport

Bayern Munich stars Arjen Robben, Mario Gomez and Jerome Boateng are all nursing knocks ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with FC Basel, coach Jupp Heynckes has revealed. However, all three players are expected to play in the home match against the Swiss side as Bayern seek to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit. Striker Gomez netted a hat-trick, his 11th for the club in the Bundesliga, d...Full Story »

Allegri dismisses Ibra criticisms

Posted Saturday, March 10, 2012 by YAHOO Sport

Massimiliano Allegri has scoffed at rumours of a dressing-room split, the AC Milan coach insisting there was nothing wrong with criticism by star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Milan succumbed to a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday but squeezed through to the quarter-finals by virtue of a 4-0 win in the first leg three weeks earlier. Afterwards, however, Ibrahimovic was hig...Full Story »

Andre Ayew, Gignac out of Marseille’s Ajaccio trip

Posted Friday, March 09, 2012 by YAHOO Sport

Marseille will be without attacking midfielder Andre Ayew and striker Andre-Pierre Gignac for Friday's crucial game at Ajaccio, coach Didier Deschamps revealed on Thursday. Ayew has been ruled out due to a longstanding shoulder injury, while Gignac is still to return to full fitness after a groin problem. "(Ayew) won't be there because his shoulder is handicapping him and causing him pain," sa...Full Story »

Magical Barca thump Leverkusen - Messi makes history by scoring five in a Champions League match

Posted Thursday, March 08, 2012 by Sky Sport

Lionel Messi scores five goals in Barcelona's romp against Bayer Leverkusen Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a UEFA Champions League match, helping defending champions Barcelona crush Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 to advance to the quarter-finals with a 10-2 aggregate win. The World Player of the Year turned in a virtuoso display, finding the net twice before the break and th...Full Story »

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