Thursday, August 21, 2014
After their late equalizer at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, the Rojiblancos need only a scoreless draw at the Vicente Calderon to claim their first trophy of the season.
Germany's top flight has been a hotbed of fresh young stars in recent years and the coming campaign is set to see many others follow in their footsteps.
The 24-year-old striker looks set to leave the Italian club as reports emerge that he is close to a 20 million euro move to Liverpool.
Reports this week had suggested a possible swap deal involving the 23-year-old and the Spaniard, but Renzo Contratto has downplayed the possibility.
Both the sporting director and manager Malky Mackay, who worked together at Cardiff City and had been close to a reunion at Selhurst Park, are set to be investigated by the FA.
The influential midfielder will be out of action for up to six weeks but he insists the problem is being handled well and will not affect him long term.
The Serie A side is willing to do a deal with the Reds but will not consider a loan move for the Italy international striker and is holding out for a permanent sale.
The Argentina defender joined the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday and his new manager is convinced that he has a bright future in the game.
The winger has told the club he wants to leave amid ongoing reports linking him with Manchester United.
The coach fears Atletico has little chance of pulling off another shock league win in the new season
The former England midfielder is concerned that Louis van Gaal's side is "in a desperate situation" and has urged the club to sign more players.
Roberto Martinez is cautiously optimistic about the midfielder's recovery and says that he will consider the fitness of Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo before buying.
The Arsenal boss says he will have to "be creative" if captain Mikel Arteta is out for a lengthy spell but backs Calum Chambers to continue performing well at center back.
The Gunners manager is still sad that he was unable to prevent the midfielder from leaving north London in 2011 but does not begrudge him for his move to Stamford Bridge
Pep Guardiola will have to make do without a host of first-team players through a combination of fitness problems and suspensions.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is facing six weeks on the sidelines with an injury, but the striker should not be missed against Ligue 1's basement boys.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
On the day that FIFA confirmed its intention to uphold a transfer ban against the Catalans, the Brazilian club has indicated it is set to sell the Spaniards the right back.
The Nigeria star has admitted that he is not pursuing a transfer but says that the decision may not be his, while Lille says it will not hold Mavuba and Kalou "in handcuffs"
Maribor canceled out Celtic's early goal, and the sides head level into the second leg of the Champions League playoff.
It had been claimed that the Bianconeri were hoping to take the Monaco forward on loan but the Italian champions will not make any more high-profile signings this summer