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Zenit St.Petersburg vs Monaco preview - AVB denies Kerzhakov rift

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by PA

Zenit St Petersburg boss Andre Villas-Boas has denied suggestions of a rift with Aleksandr Kerzhakov ahead of their Champions League clash with Monaco. The striker was axed for Saturday's 0-0 draw with Spartak Moscow - the first points Zenit have dropped this season. But Villas-Boas rejected claims of any problems with Kerzhakov, the record goalscorer in Russian domestic football, before Wedne...Full Story »

"My new boots, green or blue?"

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Marca.com

Karim Benzema will be sporting a special pair of boots in this week's Champions League clash against Ludogorets, and the fans will determine what colour they'll be. The Frenchman tweeted a photo of his new footwear, which is designed by Japanese fashion guru Yohji Yamamoto, the man behind Real's dragon kit, alongside the message "My new boots for my next Champions League battle: Yohji Yamamot...Full Story »

The day Messi 'cracked'

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Marca.com

When Leo Messi steps onto the 'Parc des Princes' he will no doubt have a bitter memory lurking at the back of his mind. The Argentine will set foot on the very same pitch that cut him down when he was at the peak of his powers. On 2nd April, 2013, Barca were playing the first leg of their quarter-final tie against PSG in the Champions League. Forty-two minutes into the game, only four minutes...Full Story »

Zlatan Ibrahimovic blames Guardiola for Barcelona Champions League flop

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by theguardian.com

· Paris Saint-Germain striker ruled out of facing former club· ‘We failed because of bad decisions from someone’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic spent one season at Barcelona and has still yet to win the Champions League. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has blamed Pep Guardiola for his failure to win the Champions League in the season the Sweden striker spent at Barcelona. Paris Saint-Germain ha...Full Story »

Roma's Ashley Cole hopes to face Manchester City's Frank Lampard

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by skysports.com

Ashley Cole hopes to face old Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard when Roma take on Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday. Cole left Chelsea for Roma in the summer while Lampard arrived at Manchester City on loan, having originally left the Stamford Bridge side for MLS newcomers New York City FC. The 33-year-old says he is loving life in Italy's capital city and has started four gam...Full Story »

Diego Costa starts for Chelsea at Sporting but Didier Drogba out

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by skysports.com

Jose Mourinho says Diego Costa will start Chelsea's Champions League clash at Sporting Lisbon, but Didier Drogba is out. Blues boss Mourinho intends to risk Costa's fragile hamstrings by starting the striker in the Group G clash at the Estadio Jose Alvalade on Tuesday night - and at home to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. Mourinho anticipates Spain will call upon the £32million...Full Story »

Sporting Lisbon vs Chelsea preview - I won't rest Costa - Mourinho

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho intends to risk Diego Costa's fragile hamstrings by starting the striker against Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal this week. Mourinho anticipates Spain will call upon the B£32million summer signing from Atletico Madrid for their matches with Slovakia and Luxembourg next month, despite his belief that complete rest is needed to enable the forward to recover fully fr...Full Story »

Manchester City vs Roma preview - Hart: I want to play every game

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by PA

Joe Hart has admitted he finds it "hard to see the positives" of being rested and said he is relishing the challenge of fighting for his place. The England goalkeeper was replaced by summer signing Willy Caballero for Manchester City's 4-2 win at Hull at the weekend, but is set to be recalled for the visit of Roma in the Champions League group stage match on Tuesday. Hart said last week he was...Full Story »

BATE Borisov vs Athletic Bilbao preview - BATE boss demands response

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by PA

BATE Borisov manager Aleksandr Yermakovich has set his sights on making amends for his side's Champions League thrashing at the hands of Porto. The Belarussian side were routed 6-0 in their Group H opener two weeks ago and cannot afford a repeat performance when they welcome Athletic Bilbao to the Borisov Arena. Yermakovich's side have drawn both league games since their punishment in Portugal...Full Story »

APOEL Nicosia vs Ajax preview - De Boer wary of APOEL

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by PA

Ajax boss Frank de Boer has warned his side APOEL will prove tough opponents in Tuesday's Champions League clash in Nicosia. The Amsterdammers have travelled to Cyprus knowing victory could put them top of Group F after two games. The Eredivisie giants drew 1-1 at home to Paris St Germain in their pool opener, but APOEL gave Barcelona a fight in the Nou Camp, only going down 1-0. And De Boer ...Full Story »

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