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Boloni warns of tough battle

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Standard Liege coach Laszlo Boloni has warned his players to expect a tough game as they bid to keep their Champions League hopes alive with victory against Olympiacos on Wednesday night.The Belgian champions find themselves bottom of Group H with just one point from three matches, having blown a two-goal lead against Arsenal in their opening match, drawn against AZ Alkmaar and suffered a 2-1 lo...Full Story »

Koeman set for Wenger battle

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Ronald Koeman will relish the challenge of frustrating Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger once again, but admits his AZ Alkmaar side face a difficult task at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.The Dutch coach has yet to lose a contest with the Gunners boss, after the Champions League Group H clash in Holland ended 1-1 following AZ's dramatic stoppage-time equaliser.Indeed the former Holland defe...Full Story »

Betting man Dan set for Rangers clash

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Unirea Urziceni boss Dan Petrescu has revealed he made a bet with his players they would not pick up another point in the Champions League after their stunning 4-1 win over Rangers.But it is one wager he will be more than happy to lose if the Romanian champions can deliver another blow to Rangers' European hopes when the teams meet again in Bucharest on Wednesday night.The game is one Walter Smi...Full Story »

Qualification on Sevilla's mind

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Sevilla have the chance to secure their spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday night when they welcome Stuttgart to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.The Spanish side are one of only four clubs still boasting a 100% record at the midway point of the group stages, along with Manchester United, Chelsea and Lyon, and they will guarantee themselves a place in the last 16 wi...Full Story »

Mourinho keen to replicate league displays

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho is desperate for his players to recreate their Serie A form in the crunch Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev.The Nerazzurri travel to the Ukraine in search of their first win in the competition this season after consecutive draws against Barcelona, Rubin Kazan and Dynamo Kiev in Group F.Those results have left Inter at the foot of the pool, one point behind B...Full Story »

Barca keen to bounce back

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Barcelona will look to get the defence of their Champions League title back on track on Wednesday night and avenge their shock defeat to Rubin Kazan a fortnight ago.Barca are already facing a serious test of their mettle with just one point separating all four teams in Group F and with Pep Guardiola's still to play an away game in eastern Europe - they meet Russia's Rubin tomorrow and then Ukrai...Full Story »

Defiant Rafa set for crunch

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Rafael Benitez has defended his reign as Liverpool manager with the Anfield club facing European oblivion.If Liverpool lose their Champions League clash with Group E leaders Lyon in the Stade de Gerland on Wednesday, they will be all but out of this season's competition and Benitez knows the pressure on him will reach even greater heights.A seventh defeat in eight games would be something Liverp...Full Story »

Viola eager for duo to prove fitness

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Fiorentina are hoping Stevan Jovetic and Adrian Mutu will overcome fitness woes and be available when they host Hungarians Debrecen in the Champions League Group E clash.Mutu is struggling with a problematic knee while Jovetic is trying to recover from a toe injury.Both players missed Sunday's 3-1 triumph over Catania which ended Fiorentina's four-match winless run and lifted them to fifth in th...Full Story »

Ancelotti focused on Atletico

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Carlo Ancelotti insists his Chelsea side must forget about their Barclays Premier League showdown with Manchester United on Sunday and concentrate on qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions League.Chelsea warmed up for their clash with Atletico on Tuesday night with another 4-0 drubbing of Bolton.The win kept Chelsea top of the league but Ancelotti wants his squad to concentrate on vi...Full Story »

Porto eyeing quick qualification

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Porto midfielder Raul Meireles has revealed the Portuguese champions are in a hurry to book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.Jesualdo Ferreira's side can seal their berth in the last 16 with two games to spare should they defeat APOEL in Cyprus and Atletico Madrid fail to beat Chelsea in Tuesday's Group D encounters.The odds are certainly stacked in Porto's favour, with...Full Story »

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