Rooney vs Mandzukic, Fellaini vs Schweinsteiger, Smalling vs Lahm, Robben vs Giggs… How the players match up in Man United vs Bayern showdown

It couldn’t have been any tougher for David Moyes and his faltering Manchester United team. Of course there are no easy draws in the quarter-finals of the Champions League – it is the blue riband event of European club football after all – but there is no greater challenge in world football at the moment than Bayern Munich. The Bavarians are relentless in their pursuit of an unprecedented ‘double Treble’…

April 1, 2014

Villas-Boas Dedicates Victory To John Terry

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas dedicated his team’s Carling Cup victory over Everton to under-fire club captain John Terry. Terry had been accused by Anton Ferdinand of making racist comments during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League on Sunday. The centre-back was left out of the Chelsea team that travelled to face Everton in the fourth round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday. Villas-Boas claimed…

October 27, 2011

Ancelotti Casts Doubt On Chelsea Future

Carlo Ancelotti has expressed uncertainty over his future at Chelsea by claiming he would not “want to train a team that is not in the Champions League”. The club resumes its involvement in the competition on Tuesday with a last-16 tie against FC Copenhagen but, unless they win the final in May, they may not be involved next year given their struggles to secure a qualification place via the Premier…

February 19, 2011

Arsène Wenger Fails to Give Newcastle Credit They Deserve

For a supposed football visionary Arsène Wenger can sometimes fail to see the big picture. No one expected Arsenal’s manager to be ecstatic after watching his side make Premier League history by forfeiting a 4-0 lead but few imagined his infamous myopia and lack of generosity towards opponents would prove quite so pronounced. As Wenger implied it was all the referee Phil Dowd’s fault, someone attempted to introduce a touch…

February 7, 2011

Wenger Accused David Moyes Over Fábregas

Arsène Wenger has accused David Moyes of breaking the unwritten code of managerial conduct, as the row over the Arsenal captain Cesc Fábregas’s behaviour in the tunnel against Everton on Tuesday night rumbled on. Moyes claimed Fábregas had said something “disgusting” about the match officials at half-time on Tuesday, as the midfielder raged about how the referee, Lee Mason, could have allowed Louis Saha’s 24th-minute goal to stand, despite claims…

February 4, 2011

Fábregas Faces No Punishment From FA After Outburst Over Everton Goal

Cesc Fábregas will not face sanctions from the Football Association despite claims that he had questioned the referee Lee Mason’s integrity as the players left the pitch at half-time during Arsenal’s fractious game with Everton on Tuesday. The home players were incensed over the visitors’ 24th-minute goal, which they claimed was offside. Sources in and around the tunnel at the Emirates Stadium suggested Fábregas had shouted “How much have you…

February 3, 2011