England

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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The skipper believes Rudi Garcia's men more than matched the English champions while summer signing Ashley Cole was delighted with how they bounced back from conceding early on

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While rivals Schalke drew with Maribor on Tuesday, the Blues beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 and their manager now believes that they are in pole position to dictate Group G

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The Chelsea striker failed to score but played the full 90 minutes against Sporting, despite ongoing concerns over his fitness with a clash with Arsenal on the horizon

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Manuel Pellegrini's side were predictable in attack throughout the 1-1 draw with Roma, meaning a third group-stage exit in four seasons is on the cards after just two matches

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The Englishman has not found it easy in Italy but looked at ease on home turf with a fine display against the Premier League champions

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Nemanja Matic's header gave the Blues the Champions League win for which they were looking but they could have had many more, with Andre Schurrle missing the best chance

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Manuel Pellegrini's men are three points adrift of Wednesday's opponents and five behind group E leaders Bayern Munich after playing out a tight draw at the Etihad Stadium

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Jose Mourinho's side were living dangerously in the second half but eventually picked up a battling victory which sends them three points clear at the top of group G

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The coach is disappointed with how his team's recent results have panned out and is hoping they can raise their game again in their trip to Anderlecht

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Manager Roberto Martinez admits that "the signs are not good" for the Belgian forward after he was stretchered off during Saturday's Merseyside derby at Anfield

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The Giallorossi are looking to build on their win a fortnight ago, while the hosts are aiming to bounce back after being defeated by Bayern Munich

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The Germany international is reportedly wanted by Manchester United but the centre-half has revealed that he has little desire to depart Signal Iduna Park

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The Spaniard damaged his back at the weekend and the club have now confirmed they will monitor the player's rehabilitation over the coming "weeks"

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The 53-year-old will be in charge for Saturday's trip to Swansea, while another poor result may not force owner Mike Ashley into making a change

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Goal exclusively revealed earlier in September that the striker, who is currently sidelined for a broken foot, was close to agreeing a two-year extension with increased wages

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The 22-year-old was forced off against Tottenham on Saturday with an ankle problem but has trained ahead of Wednesday night's game at the Emirates

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The former Barcelona goalkeeper has been repeatedly linked with a move to Anfield but the beleaguered Belgian is adamant he only feels pressure from himself