Sir Alex Ferguson: We Must Stop Barcelona Trio

Following his team’s imperious dissection of Chelsea on Sunday, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to look forward to the Champions League final later this month with a degree of caution. ‘We have got three weeks to plan for the Barcelona game and we will need that,’ said Ferguson. Given the lesson the Spanish team handed United in beating them 2-0 in the Rome final of 2009, Ferguson is…

May 10, 2011
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‘Just Hand Barcelona The Trophy Next Season’: Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo believes Barcelona were given ‘outside help’ in their Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid, suggesting the Catalan club be handed the trophy next season to save hassle. The Portuguese forward was incensed by the performance of the referee during the clash at Camp Nou – which was drawn 1-1 to send Barca through – and backed up his manager Jose Mourinho’s claims of a conspiracy in favour…

May 4, 2011
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Pep Guardiola Avoids Latest Controversy

Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has sidestepped Real Madrid’s latest referee criticism and is already looking to the Champions League final. Barcelona progressed to the decider at Wembley in London on May 28 at the expense of arch-rivals Real Madrid, who Guardiola and his men were facing for the fourth time in 18 days. True to form, Tuesday’s match was not without its controversy – even with Guardiola’s opposing manager Jose…

May 4, 2011
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‘Things Must Be Bad For José Mourinho’: Arsène Wenger

There were plenty of things to dislike about José Mourinho during his three seasons in London, not least his thoroughly unpleasant baiting of Arsène Wenger.”It was a game decided on the sending-off, which looked a bit harsh,” he wrote in his programme notes on Sunday. Wenger, we know, is hardly a pal of Mourinho. In essence, nevertheless, he was agreeing with the Portuguese coach, who was incensed when the referee…

May 3, 2011
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Cristiano Ronaldo Return Would Be ‘Very Difficult’: Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has all but ruled a return to Old Trafford for former Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo because of the difficulty involved. Ronaldo arrived at United as a little-known teenager in 2003 and left as World Player of the Year to join Real Madrid in an £80 million move in July 2009, and Ferguson says the Portuguese star is happy in Madrid. “It would be very…

April 30, 2011
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Cristiano Ronaldo Backs Mourinho Blast

Cristiano Ronaldo has echoed the criticism of Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, bemoaning Barcelona’s favourable treatment by referees. Los Blancos suffered a 2-0 loss to their bitter La Liga rivals in their Champions League semi-final first leg at the Bernabeu, and now have a mammoth task on their hands as they look to overturn the deficit away at Camp Nou next Tuesday. Real’s world-record signing Ronaldo supported manager Jose Mourinho’s…

April 28, 2011
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