Barcelona Coach Hits Back

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has leapt to the defence of his players ahead of the Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid, claiming they are examples of professionalism. Dani Alves, Pedro and Sergio Busquets were all accused of unsporting conduct by Madrid in a fiesty first leg at the Bernabeu, while the latter is reported to have racially abused Real full-back Marcelo. However, UEFA decided against taking additional action against…

May 3, 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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Didier Drogba Lined Up By Real Madrid In £15m Bid

Real Madrid are preparing to offer £15million for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in a bid to keep Jose Mourinho as manager. The Spanish club have been wracked in turmoil behind the scenes this season with Mourinho jostling for more power from president Florentino Perez and general director Jorge Valdano. The ‘Special One’ has made it clear he is willing to walk away at the end of the season unless he…

April 1, 2011
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Gareth Bale May Be Fit For Next Tuesday’s Champions League

Harry Redknapp is hopeful that Gareth Bale will be fit for next Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid, although the Tottenham Hotspur manager is facing up to the prospect of taking on one of the most feared attacks in world football with just two fit central defenders. Bale withdrew from the Welsh squad to face England last Saturday with a hamstring strain, and is now a major doubt for…

March 31, 2011
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Chelsea and Manchester United To Meet Again In Champions League

What A Friend and what a foe. On the day Sir Alex Ferguson watched his horse run the race of its life to finish fourth in the Gold Cup, his Manchester United side were drawn against familiar opposition in the hunt for the European Cup. Chelsea and Cheltenham were on Ferguson’s mind on Friday. Ferguson’s Manchester United versus Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea is more than a fixture. It is the collision…

March 19, 2011
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Anything Less Than 3-0 Win Over Lyon Would Have Been a Failure: Mourinho

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho said anything less than his side’s 3-0 win over Lyon on Wednesday would have been a ‘failure’. Real secured their first trip to the Champions League quarter-finals in seven years at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, advancing on a 4-1 aggregate thanks to goals from Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria. Mourinho, who is one step closer to his stated aim of winning the European…

March 17, 2011
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