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Pacult: Hapoel will pose tough test

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Rapid Vienna coach Peter Pacult admits Hapoel Tel Aviv have the technical ability to worry his team in Thursday's Europa League clash in Israel.The Austrian outfit top Group C on four points following an excellent win over highly-fancied Hamburg and a creditable draw away to Celtic, and another victory would put them in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stage.Hapoel, though, are only...Full Story »

Mowbray puts Hoops interests first

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Tony Mowbray insists helping to restore the good name of Scottish football will be of secondary importance to helping Celtic through their crucial Europa League clash with Hamburg at Parkhead.Adding to the growing sense that the Scottish game is in crisis, Rangers' Champions League aspirations were left in tatters after an embarrassing 4-1 Group G defeat to Romanian unknowns Unirea Urziceni at I...Full Story »

Genoa aim to bounce back

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Genoa will look to put their Serie A woes behind them and concentrate on getting their Europa League campaign back on track with a win at Lille on Thursday.The Italians go into the encounter on the back of a humiliating 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Inter Milan in their last Serie A match."We are psyched up," said Genoa midfielder Giandomenico Mesto. "After such a defeat against Inter I think ...Full Story »

Valencia eye qualification

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Valencia will attempt to take a significant step towards the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday night when they host a struggling Slavia Prague side who prop up the standings in Group B.Whereas Slavia have lost both of their matches so far, Valencia have taken four points from their fixtures against Lille and Genoa and currently lead the group alongside the French side.Los Che now have a good...Full Story »

Zagreb plotting another surprise

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Dinamo Zagreb defender Etto hopes to build on their surprise win away to Timisoara last time out when they visit Ajax in their third Europa League group game.Dinamo's 3-0 win at Timisoara in their last Europa League outing ended the Croatian team's seven-game wait for a European away victory.Currently second in Group A with a win and a loss following a home defeat by Anderlecht in their opening ...Full Story »

Anderlecht defender Ondrej Mazuch believes his side are favourites to progress to the next round of the Europa League ahead of Thursday's trip to Romania.

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

The Belgians take on Timisoara already top of Group A after a win and a draw from their opening two matches. Their hosts, meanwhile, were beaten 3-0 by Dinamo Zagreb in their last European match and have never won at home in European action.And after a strong performance in the 2-0 Jupiler League win over Charleroi, Mazuch told his club's website he believes they are in a strong position to earn...Full Story »

Ballack: We`ve worked on set-pieces

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Michael Ballack has revealed how Chelsea's players held a training ground inquest into the set-piece errors which are threatening to disrupt their season.Chelsea face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night hoping for a victory that will take them one step closer to qualifying for the knockout stages.But even though Atletico have endured their worst start to...Full Story »

Ferreira wary of APOEL threat

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Porto manager Jesualdo Ferreira is refusing to underestimate his side's opponents ahead of their Champions League game at home to APOEL on Wednesday.Porto, who won the competition under Jose Mourinho in 2004, are currently second in Group D behind Chelsea with three points after the defeat of Atletico Madrid last time out.That followed the narrow loss to Chelsea in the first match of their Europ...Full Story »

Zurich target another upset

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

FC Zurich will seek to build on their Champions League triumph over AC Milan at the San Siro when they host Marseille in Group C on Wednesday.The Swiss champions claimed a 1-0 win over the Rossoneri in the last round of Champions League action, courtesy of Finnish defender Hannu Tihinen's back heel, to recover from their opening 5-2 loss to highly-fancied Real Madrid.Goalkeeper Johnny Leoni play...Full Story »

Pellegrini wary of Milan threat

Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 by PA

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini has warned his side not to let AC Milan's indifferent form lull them into a false sense of security ahead of the Champions League tie.The clash at the Bernabeu pits the two most successful clubs in European Cup history against each other, but the pair have experienced vastly contrasting starts to their respective campaigns.Nine-time European champions Madrid h...Full Story »

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