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Ancelotti pleased with progress

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was a happy man after seeing his side secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday even though the Blues could not continue their perfect record in Group D against Atletico Madrid.Chelsea had looked on course to make it four wins out of four when Didier Drogba struck in the 82nd and 88th minutes to cancel out Sergio Aguero's opener for Atletico...Full Story »

Ferguson wants change to appeal rules

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants UEFA to consider taking retrospective action on bookings as well as red cards in Champions League matches.Ferguson was incensed that Darren Fletcher was booked for diving by Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerenca instead of a penalty being awarded in the thrilling 3-3 draw against CSKA Moscow.Antonio Valencia scored the equaliser in stoppage tim...Full Story »

Bremen snatch a point

Posted Monday, November 02, 2009 by PA

Aaron Hunt scored twice in the final 18 minutes as Werder Bremen came back from a two-goal deficit at Nurnberg to rescue a 2-2 draw.Christian Eigler put Nurnberg ahead in the third minute and Albert Bunjaku made it 2-0 after 33 minutes. But Hunt struck in the 72nd minute and then two minutes into injury time, allowing Werder to extend their unbeaten streak to 17 games. Full Story »

Mainz battle to earn point

Posted Monday, November 02, 2009 by PA

Mainz fought back from a two-goal deficit and snatched a point five minutes from time in a 3-3 draw at defending champions Wolfsburg.Obafemi Martins scored in the seventh and 20th minutes to give Wolfsburg a 2-0 lead but Chadli Amri struck in the 35th minute and Andreas Ivanschitz made it 2-2 shortly before the interval.Zvjezdan Misimovic gave Wolfsburg the lead again after 64 minutes but Tim Ho...Full Story »

Magath impressed by resilient Schalke

Posted Monday, November 02, 2009 by PA

Schalke manager Felix Magath praised his team for finding the strength even he did not believe they had to come from behind and claim a draw against Bayer Leverkusen.After recovering to draw 3-3 against Hamburg last weekend, the Royal Blues came from two goals behind to grab a 2-2 draw at the Arena AufSchalke and cement their position in the top four of the Bundesliga, earning possibly the first...Full Story »

Babbel: This is just the start

Posted Monday, November 02, 2009 by PA

Stuttgart coach Markus Babbel insists there is still a lot of work to do even if his job seems a little safer after Saturday's 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich.Babbel's future in charge of the Swabians has been in much doubt, not least since they crashed out of the DFB-Pokal in midweek to second-division opposition, but holding Bayern to a draw is an achievement which should at least quell the rumour...Full Story »

Boateng bravery backfires

Posted Monday, November 02, 2009 by PA

Hamburg defender Jerome Boateng apologised for letting his side down in Saturday's 3-2 defeat at home to Borussia Monchengladbach.The Germany international played for over half an hour carrying an injury because he knew there was no other defender on the bench to replace him and when coach Bruno Labbadia realised he was not fit enough to play, it was already too late as Gladbach had taken advant...Full Story »

Fans right to boo - Podolski

Posted Monday, November 02, 2009 by PA

Cologne striker Lukas Podolski admitted the fans had every right to jeer following Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Hannover.The Germany striker has called for crisis talks after Cologne slumped to 15th in the table, just one place above the bottom three."We have all got to question ourselves, me included," he said. "We have a week and we have got to try to get our self-confidence back by discus...Full Story »

Tough draw for Bremen

Posted Monday, November 02, 2009 by PA

Werder Bremen will have to see off in-form Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim if they are to stand a chance of successfully defending their DFB-Pokal title.The northern Germany side were¬†given a home tie¬†with Hoffenheim in the quarter-final draw, which took place on SundayCoach Thomas Schaaf said: "Everybody knows that it is not going to be an easy task but we are the defending champions and we are se...Full Story »

Frankfurt win as Franz rights wrong

Posted Monday, November 02, 2009 by PA

Maik Franz went from villain to hero as he scored Eintracht Frankfurt's winner against 10-man Bochum, whose new head coach Heiko Herrlich saw his reign open with a defeat.Caio opened the scoring in the 14th minute for the hosts only to see Franz score an own goal after 25 minutes to level the scores. Franz, however made up for his miscue with the decisive goal in the 53rd minute before Bochum we...Full Story »

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