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Third UEFA ban is looming for Wenger after alleged F-word rant at referee

Posted Thursday, March 29, 2012 by Dailymail

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will find out on Thursday if he is to serve a third UEFA touchline ban in 12 months after his alleged F-word rant towards a referee.  The Gunners manager was charged with improper conduct after his side’s Champions League exit to AC Milan earlier this month. Wenger’s case is due to be heard by UEFA’s disciplinary panel in Nyon, although t...Full Story »

Scouting report: Milan put up wall as Barca fire blanks at San Siro

Posted Thursday, March 29, 2012 by Dailymail

They rescued a lost cause in the last round and hit the heights again in Lisbon on Tuesday, but Chelsea were left in little doubt last night that their toughest test in this season’s Champions League still awaits them. Barcelona or AC Milan are next if the Blues can finish the job against Benfica, and on the evidence of a compelling first leg in the San Siro, the odds that keep being de...Full Story »

Problem solved? Fine-tuned Torres is purring for Di Matteo

Posted Thursday, March 29, 2012 by Dailymail

Beyond a courageous team selection that enabled Chelsea to secure an important Champions League victory on Tuesday night, Roberto Di Matteo might have gone some way to solving a problem that has been nagging away at the club since January last year. The problem has been Fernando Torres and the fact that a striker who cost £50million has been a  million miles off the player he was at...Full Story »

AC Milan 0 : 0 Barcelona - Rossoneri left to rue missed chances

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by PA

AC Milan survived a prolonged Barcelona onslaught to hold their illustrious visitors goalless, but will be left wondering how they fluffed some golden opportunities to take a first-leg lead in the Champions League quarter-final. A series of sublime Barca attacks produced no end product, while Milan had, but wasted, by far the better openings in the match. The hosts managed to shut out Lionel M...Full Story »

Marseille 0 : 2 Bayern Munich - Bayern take big step towards last four

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by PA

Marseille's decision to field third-choice goalkeeper Elinton Andrade backfired as his mistake gifted Bayern Munich the opening goal in their 2-0 victory in the Champions League quarter-final. The 32-year-old, preferred to number two Gennaro Bracigliano with first choice Steve Mandanda suspended, allowed Mario Gomez's shot to squirm under his body in the 44th minute of the first leg at the Stad...Full Story »

Lizarazu: Bayern's attack is 'incredibly dangerous'

Posted Thursday, March 29, 2012 by YAHOO Sport

Former France international Bixente Lizarazu has hailed Bayern Munich star Mario Gomez as one of the best strikers in Europe, and also praised the Bayern's attack ahead of Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal first leg match against Olympique de Marseille. Lizarazu, who wore the Bayern colors from 1997 until 2004 before leaving for Marseille, only to return to FCB again one year later, bel...Full Story »

Beckenbauer dreams of Bayern-Barca

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Former World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer says Bayern Munich against Barcelona would be a "dream" final in the Champions League this season. The first leg of the quarter-finals take place this week with Bayern, whose Allianz Arena hosts May's showpiece final, in the opposite half of the draw to defending champions Barcelona. Bayern face Marseille on Wednesday while Barca must overcome the ch...Full Story »

Mourinho: APOEL made it difficult for us

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Despite winning by three goals, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho insists his side did not have it easy against APOEL Nicosia. Speaking to the club's official website, Mourinho believed APOEL had put in a strong performance and his team took the victory because they rose to the occasion. "APOEL made things very difficult for us and we won because we played well. They were strong in defence a...Full Story »

Guardiola hails Milan quality

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola believes his team's Champions League quarter-final tie with AC Milan will not be decided over just one leg. The first leg of the Champions League quarter-final between AC Milan and Barcelona has been hailed as the most important tie of the round, as it involves two teams with a rich vein of history in the competition and several players at the top of their game...Full Story »

Di Matteo taking nothing for granted as Chelsea steal advantage in Benfica tie

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by Dailymail

  Roberto Di Matteo insisted he would not sleep soundly tonight despite watching Chelsea put one foot in the Champions League semi-finals with victory at Benfica. Di Matteo masterminded a second straight win in Europe, this one achieved despite the Italian resting six of his increasingly-tired players. Winner: Kalou scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea stole a crucial advantage in...Full Story »

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