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Mancini or Jose? It’s a no brainer

Posted Wednesday, April 04, 2012 by The Sun

WRONG MAN FOR THE JOB? ... faltering City boss Roberto Mancini THE sands of time are running out for Roberto Mancini. He was given £240million by Sheikh Mansour to win the Premier League — on top of the £180m that had already been spent on players. Now Mansour and City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarek will be weighing up whether Mancini should be granted one more season. Personal...Full Story »

Don’t blow it

Posted Wednesday, April 04, 2012 by The Sun

NO LET-UP ... boss Di Matteo warns Chelsea to be at their best ROBERTO DI MATTEO last night warned his Chelsea players not to blow their chance of Champions League glory. The Blues defend a 1-0 first-leg lead going into tonight’s quarter-final clash with Benfica at Stamford Bridge. But caretaker-boss Di Matteo insisted: “This tie is far from over and we have to approach this game ...Full Story »

Bayern Munich 2 : 0 Marseille - Olic nets brace as Bayern cruise into last four

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 by PA

Two first-half goals from Ivica Olic helped Bayern Munich to a routine 2-0 win over Marseille that booked them a Champions League semi-final birth. Already leading 2-0 from the first leg, the German giants were always favourites to progress and so it proved as two clinical moments from the Croatian proved sufficient. Were it not for the heroics of visiting goalkeeper Steve Mandanda it could ha...Full Story »

Barcelona 3 : 1 AC Milan - Barcelona book semi spot

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 by PA

Barcelona qualified for the Champions League semi-finals for the fifth consecutive season as two Lionel Messi penalties and a second-half strike from Andres Iniesta inspired them to a 3-1 win over AC Milan. The Argentinian opened the scoring on 10 minutes after he had been brought down by Luca Antonini but Antonio Nocerino levelled just after the half hour after he was set up by Zlatan Ibrahimo...Full Story »

Chelsea FC vs SL Benfica preview - Di Matteo warns against complacency

Posted Wednesday, April 04, 2012 by PA

Roberto Di Matteo has warned his Chelsea side they risk making the wrong kind of history if they fail to take their Champions League clash with Benfica seriously. The Blues, who became only the fourth club ever to overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit when they beat Napoli to reach the quarter-finals, need only to draw the second leg to avoid becoming the third side to crash out after a first-l...Full Story »

Real Madrid vs APOEL Nicosia preview - Mourinho wary of APOEL test

Posted Wednesday, April 04, 2012 by PA

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has promised his players will not underestimate APOEL Nicosia in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final despite seemingly already having one foot in the last four. The Primera Division leaders triumphed 3-0 in Cyprus last Tuesday to all-but secure their progress, substitute Kaka scoring after setting up the first of Karim Benzema's late brace. ...Full Story »

Pep Guardiola fears Zlatan Ibrahimovic will get the better of Barca

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 by The Sun

THREAT ... Zlatan Ibrahimovic PEP GUARDIOLA knows all about the threat posed by Barcelona old boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 6ft 5in Swede quit the Nou Camp under a cloud when he fell out with Barca boss Guardiola 18 months ago. And after a goalless first leg in their Champions League quarter-final, the AC Milan hitman can get his revenge tonight. Guardiola said: "Every ball in the air will be ...Full Story »

Barca, Blues look to seal semis spots

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 by Supersport.com

Holders Barcelona and 2008 finalists Chelsea will look to set up a Champions League semifinal meeting this week when they face AC Milan and Benfica respectively in their quarterfinal second-leg matches. Barcelona go into their second leg at Camp Nou locked at 0-0 with Milan as they bid to become the first side to retain the trophy since it evolved from the European Cup into its present form f...Full Story »

Guardiola looks to strike Milan hard

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 by Supersport.com

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola believes it is crucial his forward line is on song against AC Milan as he fully expects the Serie A leaders to score at the Camp Nou in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg clash on Tuesday. The defending champions cruised through the last round with a 7-1 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen in the second leg at home with Lionel Messi scoring a record five go...Full Story »

Barcelona vs AC Milan preview - Allegri urges fighting spirit

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 by PA

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes his team will need to show the same courage and determination they displayed against Barcelona last week when the two teams meet in the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final. The two sides drew 0-0 in the first match in Milan and their last-eight tie is finely balanced heading to the Nou Camp. "We must play as we did in the opening leg ...Full Story »

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