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Anderlecht vs Malaga preview - Weligton: We're not favourites

Posted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 by PA

Malaga defender Weligton does not see his side as favourites heading into Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Anderlecht, despite their flying start to the season. The Spanish outfit make the trip to Belgium unbeaten in their nine competitive matches so far this campaign, a record that includes six victories and only two goals conceded. On Saturday they thumped Real Betis 4-0 in La L...Full Story »

Zenit St.Petersburg vs AC Milan preview - Spalletti: No favours for Allegri

Posted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 by PA

Zenit St Petersburg boss Luciano Spalletti is loath to do his former team-mate Massimiliano Allegri any favours when AC Milan arrive in Russia on Wednesday night. The Tuscan-born midfielders played together at lowly Italian side Cuoiopelli almost 30 years ago and sparred briefly as coaches in Serie A before Spalletti departed Roma for Zenit in 2009. Allegri soon left Cagliari for Milan, winnin...Full Story »

Dynamo Kyiv vs Dinamo Zagreb preview - Blokhin expects Kiev progress

Posted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 by PA

Dynamo Kiev head coach Oleg Blokhin has dismissed his side's opening UEFA Champions League defeat and believes they will still be able to progress from Group A. The Ukrainian side lost out 4-1 to Ligue 1 giants Paris St Germain on matchday one and are now preparing to face Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night in Kiev. Dinamo also lost out in a tough opening fixture against two-t...Full Story »

FC Porto vs Paris Saint Germain preview - Moutinho happy at Porto

Posted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 by PA

Joao Moutinho has handed Porto a boost on the eve of their Champions League clash against Paris St Germain by reiterating his commitment to the club. The midfielder was strongly linked with a move during the summer, with English Premier League side Tottenham reportedly close to completing a deal on deadline day. Zenit St Petersburg are expected to make a January bid and Barcelona have also bee...Full Story »

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund preview - Mancini asks for more

Posted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 by PA

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini feels his team must improve quickly if they are to qualify for the Champions League knockout round - but believes they do have it in them to go on and win the competition. City, beaten 3-2 by Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in their Group D opener on September 18, are looking to get their European season kick-started when they take on German champions Borussia D...Full Story »

Arsenal vs Olympiakos Piraeus preview - Wenger wants return to winning ways

Posted Wednesday, October 03, 2012 by PA

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to make amends for Saturday's defeat to Chelsea when the Gunners take on Olympiakos in the Champions League. The north Londoners saw a successful start to the season abruptly halted at the weekend as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal sit seven points shy of the Barclays Premier League leaders as a result, but...Full Story »

Celtic boss Lennon expecting tough Spartak Moscow test

Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2012 by Goal.com

The Hoops' boss believes Tuesday's opposition are a significant step up from their previous games, but has faith his team can give a good account of themselves in Russia Celtic manager Neil Lennon is expecting a tough encounter against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League, but believes his side can cause the Russian side problems of their own. The Celtic Park outfit recorded solid victorie...Full Story »

Chiellini not taking Shakhtar lightly

Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2012 by ESPNSTAR.com

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini insists Tuesday's Champions League visitors Shakhtar Donetsk will not be under-estimated. The Turin club play a home match among Europe's elite for the first time in three years having earned a good draw against defending champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last month. Juve have not lost in their last 45 Serie A matches but their Ukrainian visitors have, ...Full Story »

FC Nordsjaelland vs Chelsea preview - Chelsea future still bright for Lampard - Di Matteo

Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2012 by PA

Roberto Di Matteo has insisted Frank Lampard's Chelsea future was "very strong", despite renewed speculation over whether the midfielder's glittering Stamford Bridge career might be drawing to a close. Saturday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Arsenal was the third successive match in which Lampard was not in the European champions' XI, with Ramires selected alongside John Obi Mikel in cent...Full Story »

CFR Cluj vs Manchester United preview - Ferguson wants strong United showing

Posted Tuesday, October 02, 2012 by PA

Manchester United landed in Transylvania ahead of their Champions League clash with CFR Cluj with Sir Alex Ferguson ordering his side to start bearing their teeth. United's spluttering opening to the new campaign caught up with them at Old Trafford on Saturday as for the fifth time in six Premier League outings, they fell behind. But, against a speedy and durable Tottenham team, Ferguson's tea...Full Story »

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