Mancini slams 'strange' Juve penalty decision

Posted Thursday, October 03, 2013 by Goal.com

The 48-year-old coach has lamented what he feels was dubious refereeing in the 2-2 draw with the Italian champions and praised Didier Drogba Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini has slammed the "strange" decision by the referee to award Juventus a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Antonio Conte's men in the Champions League on Wednesday. The visitors took a surprise lead through Didier Drogba, before...Full Story »

Ajax's Bojan out for six weeks

Posted Wednesday, October 02, 2013 by Foxsports.com

Ajax's hopes domestically and in the Champions League have been hit by the news striker Bojan Krkic has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury. The 23-year-old, on loan to the Amsterdam club from Barcelona, sustained the injury early in Ajax's 6-0 thrashing of Go Ahead Eagles at the weekend and could now be out until the middle of November. An Ajax statement on Tuesday re...Full Story »

Balotelli can decide matches like Messi - De Boer

Posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 by Goal.com

The Ajax boss feels the Italy star can get his team results on his own, but he is confident of getting a result against Milan if his team can maintain the right attitude Ajax coach Frank de Boer says AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli can decide matches for his team in a similar manner to Barcelona star Lionel Messi. The Argentine netted a hat-trick during the Blaugrana's 4-0 rout of the Dutch...Full Story »

Is Sure That Good Gameplay is Around the Corner - Fàbregas: "We have a few things to sort out, but we're getting there little by little"

Posted Friday, September 20, 2013 by Marca.com

Cesc Fàbregas analysed the Champions League game between Barça and Ajax. "There was a fair bit of distance between the lines, but there was also good football. We are all looking for excellence, and soon we will have it." Fàbregas was full of praise for Messi: "Leo doesn't have to change anything. He is key", and pointed out that "we have to gradually adapt ourselves to what th...Full Story »

Higuain stresses importance of Dortmund defeat

Posted Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Goal.com

The former Real Madrid hitman, on the back of scoring for Napoli again on Wednesday, also believes that Serie A has bragging rights over La Liga Napoli marksman Gonzalo Higuain has stressed the importance of defeating last season's Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. The 25-year-old has hit the ground running in Italy following his €42 million move from Real Madr...Full Story »

Celtic boss Neil Lennon bemoans missed chances in AC Milan defeat

Posted Thursday, September 19, 2013 by skysports.com

Neil Lennon: Rues missed chance for Celtic at the San Siro Celtic boss Neil Lennon admitted that he felt hard done by with his side's 2-0 Champions League defeat away to AC Milan. The Hoops dominated possession for large parts of the game but were unable to take advantage, with Anthony Stokes' second-half free-kick which clipped the crossbar the nearest they came to finding the net. Late goal...Full Story »

Celtic manager Neil Lennon hoping to catch injury-ravaged Milan cold

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by theguardian.com

Serie A side missing key names for Champions League opener Lennon remains wary of 'wonderful' Mario Balotelli threat The Celtic manager Neil Lennon is an admirer of the enigmatic Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters Neil Lennon admits he is struggling to find sympathy for injury-riven Milan before their Champions League match at San Siro on Wednesday night. Milan's he...Full Story »

Champions League: Shakhtar Donetsk claim 2-0 win over Real Sociedad

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by skysports.com

Alex Teixeira served Real Sociedad a harsh lesson about life in the UEFA Champions League as the Brazilian's two goals gave Shakhtar Donetsk a 2-0 win in their Group A opener at the Estadio Municipal de Anoeta. The Primera Liga side's debut in the competition became a story of missed opportunities as they faded after a dominant opening, allowing the Ukrainian veterans of the competition to sn...Full Story »

Copenhagen lucky to get a draw against Juventus, admits Solbakken

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Goal.com

The former Norway international was disappointed that his team was unable to maintain their strong first-half display, but celebrated the performance of keeper Johan Wiland Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken admitted his side tired during the second half of their 1-1 draw with Juventus and were ultimately fortunate to get a point out of their Champions League opener. The Danes took the lead af...Full Story »

Kennedy calls for Celtic to provoke Balotelli

Posted Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by Foxsports.com

Former Celtic defender John Kennedy admits he would try to unsettle Mario Balotelli if he was playing against the temperamental AC Milan striker on Wednesday night. But Kennedy has warned that Celtic must keep their own discipline when they begin their Champions League group campaign at San Siro. Balotelli, who has three goals and three yellow cards from his five appearances this season, is ...Full Story »

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