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Mascherano returns for Reds

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Liverpool will have Javier Mascherano back in their squad for the Champions League group E clash with Debrecen at Anfield.Mascherano missed Saturday's 4-0 win over Burnley after picking up a pelvic injury while on World Cup duty with Argentina, and he did not return from South America until Sunday following tests on the problem.But the midfielder has been declared fit and is expected to figure i...Full Story »

Assuncao up for the fight

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Atletico Madrid midfielder Paulo Assuncao is confident his side can put their poor start to the season aside and return from the Champions League clash against his former club Porto with all three points.Atletico made the short trip to Portugal under increasing pressure after taking just three points from their opening five Primera Division matches, which has left the team in the bottom three.Th...Full Story »

Ancelotti not dwelling on Wigan defeat

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Carlo Ancelotti insists he is not feeling the pressure ahead of their Champions League clash with Apoel Nicosia despite their shock domestic defeat by Wigan on Saturday.The Italian coach preferred to draw a line under the dismal display in the Premier League and focus on maintaining a 100% record in Europe's top competition.Wigan handed Ancelotti his first taste of defeat in England in a 3-1 vic...Full Story »

Star duo play down expectations

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Recent Champions League winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka have sought to temper the growing anticipation that this is going to be Real Madrid's year in Europe as their side prepare to host Marseille.Madrid have failed to get beyond the first knockout stage of the Champions League in any of the last five seasons, but few believe it will be a similar story this time around following a record-brea...Full Story »

Leonardo urges Milan to bounce back

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

AC Milan coach Leonardo has called for an immediate reaction from his players in their Champions League clash against FC Zurich on Wednesday as they aim to finally kick-start their season.The Rossoneri have had a stop-start campaign and have clearly struggled following the summer departures of coach Carlo Ancelotti and star men Kaka and Paolo Maldini.Sunday's goalless home draw against newly-pro...Full Story »

Denizli expects Besiktas to come good

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Under-fire Besiktas boss Mustafa Denizli has backed his team to end their goalscoring slump when they travel to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night.The Turkish champions have endured a torrid start to the new season winning just once in all competitions and they head to the Russian capital having failed to score in their past five games.Besiktas' goalscoring woes were in evidence a fortnight ago when...Full Story »

Park misses Euro clash

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Park Ji-sung has been ruled out of Manchester United's Champions League clash with Wolfsburg on Wednesday.The South Korean has contracted a virus and missed training, so Sir Alex Ferguson had little choice but to rule him out.Patrice Evra has recovered from a similar problem, while Michael Owen should be available despite also missing training with a minor groin strain.Meanwhile, Ferguson has ti...Full Story »

Diarra in confident mood

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Bordeaux skipper Alou Diarra believes his team go into their Champions League clash with Maccabi Haifa as favourites.The French champions take on the fourth seeds in Group A having gained an encouraging draw in their opener against Juventus and Diarra believes they can build on that result and claim three points against the Israeli side.Diarra said: "It is logical to say this. We have a stronger...Full Story »

Van Gaal wary of Juve

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal is not looking forward to the Champions League game against Juventus, opponents of which he has particularly bad memories."When I was coach at Ajax, we lost the Champions League final to them on a penalty shoot-out," recalled the Bayern coach.That was 1996 and now, 13 years later, Van Gaal is looking to make up not only for that defeat, but also for his side's ...Full Story »

French forward focused on Champions League

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Florent Sinama-Pongolle believes Atletico Madrid have the chance to put their poor Primera Division form behind them as they take on APOEL in the Champions League.The Rojiblanco's 1-1 draw against Racing Santander brought them their first point of the season and they are currently in the bottom three of the table.The French striker believes a good result in the Champions League Group D match wil...Full Story »

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