Germany

Thursday 18 September 2014

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The Signal Iduna Park new boy admits he initially struggled to find his footing following his move this summer, but says his coach and team-mates are helping him settle in

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Roberto Martinez has led the Toffees back into Europe for the first time since the 2009-10 and they begin against a German outfit that has had mixed results so far this season

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Ikechukwu Uche scored with his first touch as a second half substitute before coming off injured straight after the goal, as the Spanish side snatched a point in Germany

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The decorated German coach was brought in to keep the Cottagers in the Premier League but presided over relegation and a disastrous start to the current campaign

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Jose Pekerman's side have leapfrogged Netherlands, who have lost their first two games under Guus Hiddinnk, while Dunga's revitalised Brazil are up to sixth

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The former France international is bitterly frustrated that he is once again out of action and has no idea when he will be fit to return

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The ex-Germany international feels the Premier League side were the better team early on but insisted Bayern eventually deserved their win

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The former Germany star believes that his compatriot should have fought harder to retain his place at Real Madrid and says his mental weakness is contributing to a loss of form

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COMMENT: The Dane has become better known for his endless sound bites than his ability in front of goal and must now produce the goods for Wolfsburg or face an uncertain future

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Porto's hat-trick hero, Roma star Gervinho and Arsenal's tormentor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all make the cut in our first select XI of the season

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While Roberto Martinez's men should find some joy against a porous visiting defence this evening, Al Hain-Cole expects their own frailties to produce plenty of goals

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The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by the visitors on Wednesday, who are mired in the Bundesliga relegation zone early in 2014-15, and the coach was proud of his players' efforts

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The England goalkeeper was beaten by a stoppage time strike from Jerome Boateng although he is confident Manuel Pellegrini's men can still qualify

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The coach was thrilled with how the Bavarians dispatched the English champions - even if they did require a late goal to give them all three points