Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Strong domestic form but opening Champions League defeats leave Wednesday's clash a crucial one for both sides

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A 3-2 win over the Spanish champions gave Michel's men a massive boost on matchday one but they face a troublesome task against the Swedes

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Injuries and poor league form have hampered Jurgen Klopp's side so far this season but Besnik Hasi is determined his side respect their opponents' quality

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Both sides picked up wins in matchday one but the Russian Premier League leaders have been in far stronger form overall so far this term

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After a shock reverse to Olympiakos, the Spanish champions are in desperate need of a good result when they welcome Massimiliano Allegri's men to the capital

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COMMENT: The 33-year-old will hope to silence the doubters both at home and in Italy, who have suggested he is a spent force, when he faces Manchester City with Roma on Tuesday

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COMMENT: The Ivory Coast star was mismanaged at the Emirates Stadium and became a figure of fun. Under Rudi Garcia he is a man possessed

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COMMENT: Still a formidable force, the Argentine has returned from his hamstring problems a different player to the one hailed as the game's greatest goalscorer in 2012

Monday, September 29, 2014

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The Newcastle boss saw his side succumb to Stoke City on Monday, extending their winless streak, and admits he will discuss the situation with the club's owner this week

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The Bayern defender has hailed his "modest" captain and says he had no hesitation to spurn other offers in favour of the Bundesliga champions

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The Chelsea boss will risk the Spain international on Tuesday night despite the clash with the Gunners looming on the horizon, while Didier Drogba is out with an ankle injury

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The Magpies' woes continued at the Britannia Stadium as they succumbed to another defeat which keeps them in 19th place in the table and ramps up the pressure on their manager