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PREVIEW-Soccer-Real learning to control games, Alonso says

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

By Iain Rogers MADRID, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Real Madrid have won five straight La Liga games many times before but it is the dominant manner of their most recent run of victories that suggests they may be closer to ending Barcelona’s three-year grip on the Spanish title. Jose Mourinho’s expensively-assembled side, who play at Real Sociedad on Saturday (2000 GMT), relied more on swift...Full Story »

Mario Balotelli is the Premier League’s best entertainer... on AND off the pitch

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 by The Sun

AFTER firing in the first of two goals against Man United, Mario Balotelli was booked for flashing a T-shirt with the words, "Why Always Me?"Fans, managers and commentators have been asking a similar question about the controversial Man City striker ever since he arrived in the Premier League last summer. Not since England ace Paul Gascoigne has a footballer been in the headlines so often f...Full Story »

Guardiola denies Yaya Toure claims

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 by ESPN

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has refuted Yaya Toure's allegations of being ignored, adding that he even tried to convince Toure to stay at Nou Camp.Toure earlier claimed that he left Barcelona due to a difficult relationship with Guardiola.However, Guardiola has stepped up to deny the claims, making clear that he has always tried to foster a strong relationship with his players using an open-...Full Story »

Forlan battling to return - Ex-Atletico striker having physiotherapy to get back on the pitch

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 by skysports.com

Diego Forlan: Cannot wait to play for club and country again Inter Milan striker Diego Forlan is fighting to return from injury as soon as possible. The experienced forward has been nursing a muscular strain which he picked up in Uruguay's 1-1 draw with Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier earlier this month. The former Atletico Madrid star has not set a date for his comeback but he is eager t...Full Story »

Ronaldo, Kaka combo Real deadly

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 by ESPN

Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka believes Villarreal will pose no threat to his side on Wednesday night if they maintain their current level of form. Madrid have hit a purple patch, notching up two straight 4-0 wins over Malaga and Olympique Lyonnais in the last week. In contrast, Villarreal visit the Bernabeu on the back of a humiliating 3-0 loss to high-flying Levante."We must cont...Full Story »

Xavi proves lucky charm for Barca

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 by ESPN

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola admits his side were lucky to come away with a 1-0 win from their La Liga clash with Granada on Tuesday night.It was a tough night for the Catalans and they had to grind out the result thanks to a first-half free-kick from skipper Xavi."We were lucky to have won," Guardiola told Sport.es."Anything could have happened at 1-0 as they have dangerous players."We were ...Full Story »

Alonso delighted with Madrid win

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 by ESPN

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso was delighted with the 3-0 win over Villarreal and urged his side to focus on themselves in the La Liga title race.The Los Blancos all but settled the match in the first-half as goals from Benzema, Kaka and Angel di Maria gave them a comfortable victory over the Yellow Submarine and keep them within touching distance of leaders Levante.Speaking after the matc...Full Story »

Fergie: Valencia needs more games

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 by ESPN

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Antonio Valencia is still not 100 per cent despite his stunning strike at Aldershot on Tuesday.The Ecuadorian international scored and impressed for United as they strolled to a 3-0 win over Aldershot in a Carling Cup clash.However, Ferguson will treat Valencia with care as his United team look to bounce back strongly from Sunday's 6-1 derby dru...Full Story »

Carlos Tevez told: City will sue you

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 by The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY say they are prepared to sue Carlos Tevez for up to £10million.The Argentina striker wants to take legal action against manager Roberto Mancini for defamation of character over the Italian's claim Tevez refused to come on as sub at Bayern Munich last month. But Tevez, 27, is set to face a solicitor's letter himself, with City determined to go to war with their former capt...Full Story »

Ashley Cole: I didn’t hear John Terry make any racist comments

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2011 by The Sun

ASHLEY COLE will tell the FA he did not hear John Terry making any racist comments to QPR's Anton Ferdinand.FA chiefs have launched an investigation into Sunday's stormy West London derby at Loftus Road following an official complaint from QPR. The Metropolitan Police are also looking into claims that England skipper Terry called Ferdinand a "f****** black c***' during Chelsea's 1-0 defeat. ...Full Story »

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