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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 »

Chelsea to call on youth

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Chelsea will delve into their famed youth academy on Tuesday in order to bolster a Champions League squad that has been ravaged by injury and suspensions.Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and full-back Jose Bosingwa are banned while midfielders Deco, Joe Cole and Yuri Zhirkov, plus defenders Paulo Ferreira and Alex, are all missing through injury.It means that coach Carlo Ancelotti will add defender...Full Story »

Leonardo targets Champions League boost

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

AC Milan coach Leonardo is confident his side can turn around their stuttering form when they return to Champions League action at Marseille.Milan struggled to a goalless draw in Saturday's league game at promoted side Livorno, which followed their 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Inter Milan and meant the club dropped to 10th in the Serie A standings.Lack of goalscoring has hindered the Rossoner...Full Story »

Ronaldo returns for Real

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return when Real Madrid open their Champions League campaign at FC Zurich.The Portugal winger started on the bench in Saturday's 3-0 Primera Division win at Espanyol but came on to score Madrid's second in an impressive team display.Ronaldo will spearhead Madrid's bid to better their recent record in the competition with their last five appearances all ending at ...Full Story »

No new injuries for United

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Sir Alex Ferguson reports no fresh injury concerns ahead of Manchester United's Champions League clash with Besiktas.Rio Ferdinand came through his return following a calf problem at Tottenham on Saturday without a problem, so he should retain his place alongside Nemanja Vidic in central defence.United are looking to reach a third consecutive final and to atone for a dreadfully disappointing dis...Full Story »

Veh targets Champions League boost

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Wolfsburg coach Armin Veh has identified his side's Champions League debut against CSKA Moscow as the perfect opportunity to get over their worrying Bundesliga form.The German champions slipped to a 3-2 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday after having goalkeeper Diego Benaglio sent off in the 32nd minute.Although Veh was pleased with the efforts of his players, he was unable to hide his frustra...Full Story »

Rummenigge keen to maintain momentum

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has urged his side to maintain the momentum from their Bundesliga win at the weekend when they open their Champions League campaign at Maccabi Haifa.Bayern were underwhelming in the first few weeks of the domestic season but there have been recent signs that Louis van Gaal's men are starting to click.The arrival of Holland winger Arjen Robben from Rea...Full Story »

Ferrara keen to replicate domestic form

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Juventus are off to a flying start in Serie A and coach Ciro Ferrara will be looking for the same thing in the club's Champions League Group A opener against Bordeaux.Ferrara, a member of the last Juve team to win Europe's elite club competition back in 1996, has reason to be optimistic.A 2-0 win at Lazio on Saturday marked Juve's third consecutive triumph in Italy's top flight and justified the...Full Story »

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