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Palermo vs Cagliari preview - Cellino staying grounded

Posted Tuesday, September 20, 2011 by PA

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino is not getting carried away by his club's winning start to the Serie A season. The Sardinians have taken maximum points in the first two weeks of the campaign and will look for a third straight victory at Palermo. "First place? Our thoughts should only be on avoiding the drop this campaign," Cellino said. "We cannot start dreaming of something that is well b...Full Story »

Chievo vs Napoli preview - Cannavaro has winning feeling

Posted Tuesday, September 20, 2011 by PA

Napoli have winning momentum on their side as they go up against Chievo in Verona. Victories against Cesena and AC Milan have seen Napoli join Juventus, Udinese and Cagliari at the top of the Serie A standings. "It's a nice feeling," Napoli defender Paolo Cannavaro said. "We certainly could not have asked for a better start." Napoli won 3-1 against defending champions AC Milan on Sunday but...Full Story »

Novara vs Inter Milan preview - Gasperini keen to silence critics

Posted Tuesday, September 20, 2011 by PA

Inter Milan boss Gian Piero Gasperini has backed his players to answer their doubters at Novara. Inter, and Gasperini in particular, have been widely criticised for a slow start to the season which has seen the 2010 Scudetto winners claim just one point from their opening two games. An opening-weekend defeat at Palermo was followed by a home draw with Roma. In between, Inter lost 1-0 at...Full Story »

Osasuna vs Sevilla preview - Marcelino wary of Osasuna backlash

Posted Monday, September 19, 2011 by PA

Sevilla coach Marcelino has warned his side to beware a wounded Osasuna side when they head to Pamplona for the Primera Division clash. Osasuna suffered a humiliating 8-0 defeat against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Saturday, inspired by a Lionel Messi hat-trick. Marcelino expects opposite number Jose Luis Mendilibar to have roused his troops in time for the game though. "He's a coach I know w...Full Story »

Villarreal vs Mallorca preview - Garrido urges improvement

Posted Monday, September 19, 2011 by PA

Juan Carlos Garrido did not expect to see his Villarreal side nestling in the relegation zone at all this season. But after a miserable start which sees them flagging in 19th place, the coach expects them to be soaring up the table soon, and hopes Saturday's defeat by Granada proves to be the nadir of their initial slump. Losing 1-0 to the Primera Division new boys was a painful result, coming...Full Story »

Real Sociedad vs Granada CF preview - Gonzalez to wield axe

Posted Monday, September 19, 2011 by PA

Proud Granada manager Fabri Gonzalez is ready to ring the changes for Tuesday's Primera Division clash with Real Sociedad after the club's first top-flight win in decades. Years in the doldrums for Granada ended with back-to-back promotions, and they beat Villarreal 1-0 on Saturday to secure their first points of the campaign, after two earlier defeats. But Gonzalez saw several exhausted playe...Full Story »

Atletico Madrid vs Santander preview - Manzano guards against complacency

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Atletico Madrid coach Gregorio Manzano has warned his team not to under-estimate Racing Santander when Hector Cuper's side visit the Vicente Calderon on Sunday. Both teams head into the encounter having picked up only one point so far from two games, with the capital club having failed to score on either occasion. Los Rojiblancos will be buoyed by Thursday night's 2-0 Europa League victory ove...Full Story »

Levante vs Real Madrid preview - Ronaldo in fitness race

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Real Madrid are sweating on the fitness of in-form star Cristiano Ronaldo for this weekend's trip to Levante due to the ankle injury he picked up during the midweek Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb. Ronaldo was on the receiving end of several heavy challenges during the 1-0 triumph in Croatia with one, from Jerko Leko, causing an ankle wound which required stitches after the game. The w...Full Story »

Zaragoza vs Espanyol preview - Ponzio tired of excuses

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Real Zaragoza midfielder Leo Ponzio says his side cannot continue to use a lack of familiarity to excuse poor performances. Zaragoza have made a poor start to the season after a tumultuous summer which saw the club first go into administration and then 11 new players arrive at La Romereda. But Ponzio said ahead of Sunday's visit of Espanyol: "Obviously with every passing day we get to know eac...Full Story »

Sunderland vs Stoke City preview - Bendtner relishing fresh start

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Nicklas Bendtner admits that life in Sunderland is a world away from the bright lights of London but insisted that he needed to move from Arsenal to pursue his ambitions. The Danish striker has moved to Wearside on a year-long loan - and made it clear he will not return to the Gunners afterwards if it is merely to warm the bench. Bendtner says he has hardly watched Arsenal on television this s...Full Story »

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