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Rubin head Inter backlash

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Rubin Kazan could face an Inter Milan backlash as the Italians head into Tuesday's Champions League Group F match on the back of their first Serie A defeat of the season.Inter, who played out a goalless draw in their first European fixture against Barcelona at the San Siro, failed to find the back of the net in their game at Sampdoria on Saturday.A 1-0 defeat saw Jose Mourinho's side drop to thi...Full Story »

Promotion push for Lyon

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Lyon will seek to continue their push for qualification from Group E of the Champions League when they travel to Debrecen.The French club started their European challenge with a 1-0 victory over Fiorentina, Miralem Pjanic's late strike sinking the Italians.Lyon are likely to be missing key players Michel Bastos and Lisandro Lopez against the Hungarian side as they recover from injury.General man...Full Story »

Liverpool's dynamic duo of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard are fast being accepted as the world's best goalscoring double act.

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Liverpool have recorded six successive victories in all competitions ahead of Tuesday's clash with Fiorentina in the Champions League.Fiorentina moved into fourth spot in Serie A on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Livorno, while Liverpool thrashed Hull 6-1 with a hat-trick from Torres and one from Gerrard.The pair arrived in Tuscany with their own mutual admiration in full flow, both claiming the oth...Full Story »

Wenger: Nothing changes

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Arsene Wenger knows Eduardo's successful appeal against a two-match European ban for diving will not be the end of the on-going saga over players trying to con referees.The Croatia striker is now focusing on the Champions League opener at Standard Liege - where the Gunners will be without goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and forward Robin van Persie - following the decision by UEFA to overturn their su...Full Story »

Greek side without boss

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Olympiacos go into their Champions League opener against AZ Alkmaar having just disposed of manager Temuri Ketsbaia as coach.The 41-year-old former Georgia international was dismissed today, just four months after he was appointed and after just three league games of the news season.Olympiacos have yet to concede a goal in their opening three league fixtures and have taken seven points from a po...Full Story »

Jimenez: We must be patient

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez has stressed the importance of patience to his players as they look to start their Champions League group campaign with victory over Unirea Urziceni.Sevilla, back in the Champions League after missing out last year, warmed up for the game with an impressive 4-1 mauling of Real Zaragoza in the Primera Division at the weekend and they will be confident of following tha...Full Story »

No new worries for Smith

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Rangers manager Walter Smith has no fresh injury worries ahead of their Champions League clash with Stuttgart.Kevin Thomson could be in the frame for the tournament opener despite a lack of game-time, with Smith admitting he has yet to decide on his starting line-up.The midfielder was sent off just 14 minutes into his comeback match against Hearts - his first competitive outing since November - ...Full Story »

Shevchenko makes Champions League return

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Andriy Shevchenko is poised to return to the Champions League stage with Dynamo Kiev as the Ukrainian giants take on Rubin Kazan in their opening Group F match.Shevchenko ranks among the most prolific strikers in the competition's history, having scored 47 goals in 94 matches, and his return to the Dynamo ranks has come as a timely boost to coach Valeri Gazzaev, who has prior experience of the C...Full Story »

Striker plans to upset old club

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hopes to make a winning return to the San Siro to face his former club Inter Milan on Wednesday when FC Barcelona begin their Champions League title defence.The Swedish striker, who was last season's top scorer in Serie A, opted to sign for European champions Barca this summer.Ibrahimovic notched his first goal with Barca in last weekend's 2-0 win at Getafe and he hopes to fir...Full Story »

Govou out to avoid defeat

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Lyon winger Sidney Govou admits his side are desperate to avoid a repeat of last season's winless start to the Champions League group stage when they embark on their latest campaign.Les Gones were held to a 2-2 home draw by Fiorentina before their 1-1 result at Bayern Munich in their opening two games of last term's tournament, but recovered to qualify for the knockout phase.They have an equally...Full Story »

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