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Chelsea vs MSK Zilina preview - Blues hit by Ancelotti speculation

Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by PA

Chelsea's preparations for their Champions League clash against MSK Zilina have been overshadowed by speculation regarding the future of Carlo Ancelotti. On Monday the Italian boss was today to deny that he ever considered quitting Stamford Bridge after rumours that he had spoken to the League Managers Association on Sunday night and consulted them about his position within the club hierarchy. ...Full Story »

Braga vs Arsenal preview - Rodriguez looks to pile misery on Gunners

Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by PA

Braga defender Alberto Rodriguez wants to add to Arsenal's woes on the back of their North London derby defeat to rivals Tottenham by beating them in the Champions League. Arsenal squandered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Tottenham on Saturday, and now Rodriguez is taking aim at the Gunners as Braga bid to show they are not as bad as their 6-0 defeat to Arsenal in September suggested. "The team spi...Full Story »

Basle vs CFR Cluj-Napoca preview - Fink sorry for outburst

Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by PA

Basle head into their vital Champions League match against Cluj on the back of a far from ideal build-up after manager Thorsten Fink was forced to apologise for a rant against opposition fans on Saturday. During their Schweizer Cup match against second-tier side Servette, which they needed extra time and penalties to negotiate, Fink became enraged at a section of the home support, making a gest...Full Story »

Ajax vs Real Madrid preview - Jol hails Mourinho

Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by PA

Ajax boss Martin Jol hailed Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho as a "true craftsman" ahead of the Champions League clash in Amsterdam. Jol and Mourinho were adversaries in London when they managed Tottenham and Chelsea respectively and the Dutchman admits he is relishing the chance to pit himself against the Portuguese in the Group G encounter at the ArenA. "Mourinho is a great coach and a ...Full Story »

Auxerre vs AC Milan preview - Allegri wants more of the same

Posted Monday, November 22, 2010 by PA

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was delighted with his team's performance against Fiorentina on Saturday and has called for more of the same in the Champions League at Auxerre. A win in France coupled with a defeat for Ajax at Real Madrid in the other Group G game would see the Italians qualify for the knockout stages and eliminate Auxerre. The Rossoneri are in buoyant mood after a solid d...Full Story »

Partizan Belgrade vs Shakhtar Donetsk preview - Shakhtar close in on qualification

Posted Monday, November 22, 2010 by PA

Shakhtar Donetsk defender Dmytro Chygrynsky insists his team will take the game to Partizan Belgrade as they look to book a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. The Ukrainian Premier League leaders will ensure a place in the knockout phase with a game to spare if they win in Serbia and Braga fail to beat Arsenal in Portugal. A draw would also be enough for the Pitmen if Braga lose to t...Full Story »

Spartak Moscow vs Marseille preview - Mandanda ready for "small final"

Posted Monday, November 22, 2010 by PA

Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda believes their Champions League clash at Spartak Moscow will be a "small final" for both teams as they battle it out for a place in the knockout stages. With two rounds remaining, the teams are level on six points - six points behind leaders Chelsea - with only the top two in the pool progressing to the last 16 of the competition. Spartak currently hold that...Full Story »

AS Roma vs Bayern Munich preview - Roma chasing qualification

Posted Monday, November 22, 2010 by PA

Roma welcome Bayern Munich to the Stadio Olimpico knowing victory could send them into the Champions League knock-out stage. A home victory and a draw in the other Group E game between Basle and CFR Cluj in Switzerland would see the Italians progress in second place with a game to spare. Bayern have already qualified, having won their opening four group games. "We face a very important game,"...Full Story »

Sunderland V Everton Preview

Posted Monday, November 22, 2010 by Vitalfootball.co.uk

Sunderland could not have asked for a better recovery after the derby day demolition. 7 points from a possible 9 and victory over the current champions Chelsea on their own ground! Sunderland will be flying with confidence after a good week for international players also. Everton have lost their last game but do enjoy playing against SAFC as they are currently 12 games unbeaten against us. Br...Full Story »

Blackburn Rovers - Aston Villa Preview

Posted Sunday, November 21, 2010 by Goal.com

Robert Pires in line to make debut as Gabby Agbonlahor could miss out for depleted visitors TEAM NEWS Blackburn Rovers Brett Emerton is Blackburn’s latest doubt after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty with Australia in midweek. Martin Olsson, Steven Nzonzi and Benjani will all miss out with hamstring injuries for the hosts, while groin problems will keep Keith Andrews...Full Story »

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