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Chelsea to call on youth

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Chelsea will delve into their famed youth academy on Tuesday in order to bolster a Champions League squad that has been ravaged by injury and suspensions.Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and full-back Jose Bosingwa are banned while midfielders Deco, Joe Cole and Yuri Zhirkov, plus defenders Paulo Ferreira and Alex, are all missing through injury.It means that coach Carlo Ancelotti will add defender...Full Story »

Leonardo targets Champions League boost

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

AC Milan coach Leonardo is confident his side can turn around their stuttering form when they return to Champions League action at Marseille.Milan struggled to a goalless draw in Saturday's league game at promoted side Livorno, which followed their 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Inter Milan and meant the club dropped to 10th in the Serie A standings.Lack of goalscoring has hindered the Rossoner...Full Story »

Ronaldo returns for Real

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return when Real Madrid open their Champions League campaign at FC Zurich.The Portugal winger started on the bench in Saturday's 3-0 Primera Division win at Espanyol but came on to score Madrid's second in an impressive team display.Ronaldo will spearhead Madrid's bid to better their recent record in the competition with their last five appearances all ending at ...Full Story »

No new injuries for United

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Sir Alex Ferguson reports no fresh injury concerns ahead of Manchester United's Champions League clash with Besiktas.Rio Ferdinand came through his return following a calf problem at Tottenham on Saturday without a problem, so he should retain his place alongside Nemanja Vidic in central defence.United are looking to reach a third consecutive final and to atone for a dreadfully disappointing dis...Full Story »

Veh targets Champions League boost

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Wolfsburg coach Armin Veh has identified his side's Champions League debut against CSKA Moscow as the perfect opportunity to get over their worrying Bundesliga form.The German champions slipped to a 3-2 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday after having goalkeeper Diego Benaglio sent off in the 32nd minute.Although Veh was pleased with the efforts of his players, he was unable to hide his frustra...Full Story »

Rummenigge keen to maintain momentum

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has urged his side to maintain the momentum from their Bundesliga win at the weekend when they open their Champions League campaign at Maccabi Haifa.Bayern were underwhelming in the first few weeks of the domestic season but there have been recent signs that Louis van Gaal's men are starting to click.The arrival of Holland winger Arjen Robben from Rea...Full Story »

Ferrara keen to replicate domestic form

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Juventus are off to a flying start in Serie A and coach Ciro Ferrara will be looking for the same thing in the club's Champions League Group A opener against Bordeaux.Ferrara, a member of the last Juve team to win Europe's elite club competition back in 1996, has reason to be optimistic.A 2-0 win at Lazio on Saturday marked Juve's third consecutive triumph in Italy's top flight and justified the...Full Story »

Manchester City look set to field a strong side at Crystal Palace as they attempt to make progress in the Carling Cup.

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

With no European football to distract them, City know the competition offers a perfect opportunity to end a trophy drought that stretches back to 1976.So even the likes of Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor might find themselves involved in a competition they normally pass on, although Carlos Tevez was part of the Manchester United side that won the competition last March.Meanwhile, Joleon Lescott...Full Story »

Sidwell set for Villa return

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell is back in contention after injury for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City on Monday.The former Chelsea player has been unavailable for the last two games against Cardiff in the Carling Cup and Blackburn in the league because of a thigh problem, but he has now resumed training.Villa boss Martin O'Neill has no fresh injury worries as he...Full Story »

Cech out of Liverpool test

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Chelsea keeper Petr Cech is suspended for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool after being sent off against Wigan.Hilario is set to deputise for Cech at Stamford Bridge while Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa return from suspension.Deco, Joe Cole and Michael Ballack are fit for selection but Alex (groin) and John Mikel Obi (ankle) remain in the treatment room.Carlo Ancelotti will ...Full Story »

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