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It’s a wonderful life for AVB

Posted Friday, December 21, 2012 by The Sun

NO WORD OF A LY ... Europa League fan Villas-Boas sees his Spurs side take on Lyon ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS has billed Tottenham’s Europa League clash with Lyon as a dress rehearsal for next year’s Champions League. His side got handed a tricky tie against the French high-fliers. The winners of their two-legged crunch in February will go on to face either Inter Milan or FC Cluj in the la...Full Story »

Yes, it does Mata to us

Posted Friday, December 21, 2012 by The Sun

JUAN PLUS JUAN EQUALS TWO ... Juan Mata JUAN MATA wants Chelsea to create history and become the first team to hold both of Europe’s top titles at the same time. Rafa Benitez’s Champions League winners dropped down into the Europa League after failing to get out of their group. The Blues start their Europa League campaign with a last-32 first-leg clash against Sparta Prague on Feb...Full Story »

Special no Mour! Jose hammered by stars as Madrid lose the plot

Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012 by The Sun

IF Manchester United are pitted against Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid in today’s Champions League draw — FEAR NOT. The former Chelsea boss is Not So Special these days at the Bernabeu. Madrid are engulfed in their worst crisis in recent years and have lost six matches already in this campaign — one more than the whole of last season. Mourinho’s famed ability to gal...Full Story »

Di Stefano backs Mourinho for UCL glory

Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano believes that Jose Mourinho has what it takes to deliver a Champions League to the club. Real Madrid have stuttered to their domestic campaign this season and are trailing league leaders Barcelona by 13 points after their disappoitning 2-2 draw against Espanyol last weekend, putting pressure under Mourinho's future at the club. However, Di Stefano believ...Full Story »

Song: I’d love it if we got Arsenal – I had 7 happy years there

Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by The Sun

ALEX SONG is dreaming of a Champions League showdown between Arsenal and Barcelona. The Cameroon international left the Emirates for the Nou Camp in a £15million move in the summer. Arsenal were knocked out by the Spanish giants in the knockout stages both in 2010 and 2011 and the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League will be staged in Nyon, Switzerland tomorrow. Song, 25, said: &...Full Story »

Fabregas eyes Gunners UCL reunion

Posted Saturday, December 08, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas would like to take on former club Arsenal for his team's Champions League round of 16 tie. Tito Vilanova's squad finished at the top of Group G despite being held to a goalless draw by Portuguese side Benfica, leaving them open to possibility of drawing Arsenal, who finished second in Group B, in the next round. Fabregas told AS that every team who qualified for the...Full Story »

Stramaccioni hails Inter starlets

Posted Friday, December 07, 2012 by Goal.com

The young boss was delighted with the performance of his youthful looking side but singled out the talent of the night, Marko Livaja, for special praise Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni was left highly encouraged by his side's display against Neftchi Baku, which included a string of young players including goalscoring hero Marko Livaja. The Italian giants finished in second place in Europa L...Full Story »

Bonucci: I want Real Madrid next

Posted Thursday, December 06, 2012 by Goal.com

The Juventus defender was in a buoyant mood after his side's victory over the Ukrainian champions, claiming that Los Blancos would be the perfect test of their mettle Leonardo Bonucci has revealed that he wants to face Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League following his side's 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetskon Wednesday. Juventus only needed a point from their trip to Ukraine ...Full Story »

Shaqiri scores, sets up one in Bayern rout

Posted Thursday, December 06, 2012 by Supersport.com

Xherdan Shaqiri, given his first Champions League start for Bayern Munich, scored one and set up another to help last season's runners-up beat BATE Borisov 4-1 with a mainly second-string side on Wednesday. Mario Gomez, starting a match in the competition for the first time this season after injury, Thomas Mueller and David Alaba scored the others as Bayern, already qualified, topped Group F ...Full Story »

TEAM NEWS: Messi named as a substitute as Barcelona host Benfica

Posted Thursday, December 06, 2012 by Goal.com

The Argentina international does not make the starting XI for the Blaugrana's Champions League match this evening, as he goes in search of Gerd Muller's goalscoring record Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has chosen to name Lionel Messi as a substitute for tonight's clash with Benfica.  The 25-year-old starts on the bench for the Catalan giants, despite being just one goal shy of Gerd Mul...Full Story »

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