The center back played alongside the Portuguese during their time together at Manchester United and he has only good memories of the Ballon d'Or holder.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, who was previously capped twice by his native Brazil, will make his first appearance for his adopted nation at the Vicente Calderon.
Monday, March 3, 2014
The Blancos coach is intent on making history in the European Cup this season but admits Bayern Munich is the favorites for the competition.
The Frenchman is hoping that he can win both trophies this year but is refusing to prioritize either his club or his country.
The midfielder has revealed his desire to leave the Catalan giants was a result of feeling undervalued and lauded his new club.
The Germany star suffered an anterior ligament tear back in November and has stressed that he is not willing to target a comeback date
Despite not being first choice in La Liga, the goalkeeper wants to continue winning titles with Los Blancos.
The forward was pleased to see both of the Catalans' rivals drop points and is keen to go on top of the table again as soon as possible.
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Sunday, March 2, 2014
The midfielder lamented the his team's short stature as a reason for poor performance in aerial duels, but says it has plenty of areas in which it can improve
The Blaugrana moved to within a point of Liga leader Real Madrid with a 4-1 win over Almeria but they remain worryingly reliant on their talismanic No.10
Goal rates the players on show as Tata Martino's men took three points to move one point behind Real Madrid in the Spanish Primera Division.
Alexis Sanchez scored the opener before the Argentine doubled the scoreline and, though the visitors pegged a goal back, the skipper and Xavi finished them off.
A late Cristiano Ronaldo goal snatched all three points from the Rojiblancos, but the Argentine manager is confident his team remains in contention.
The Spaniard escaped reprimand in the Madrid derby when he appeared to foul Diego Costa in the box and claims that such decisions are part of the game
The coach hit out at the Rojiblancos' spirit following the 2-2 draw at the Vicente Calderon but was pleased with his team's reaction to going behind.
Carlo Ancelotti's side rescued a point in the derby at the Vicente Calderon, but failure to win all three means the Catalans are right back in the race with 12 rounds left.
Goal took in the action at the Vicente Calderon, where a captivating derby saw both sides share the spoils to keep things tight at the top of the table.
Barcelona will have the chance to reduce the gap at the top of La Liga to just one point after the Madrid rivals played out a fiercely contested draw Sunday.
The forward has earned a France call up on the back of his impressive goalscoring form in La Liga this season and the Gunners boss admits that the 22-year-old is a transfer target.