Liverpool captain Gerrard praises Balotelli effort
September 17, 2014 (15:15) [ Indexed from A Different League
Steven Gerrard has said more than the goal scored by Mario Balotelli in Liverpools Champions League win over Ludogorets, it was the work rate of the Italy international that most caught his eye, according to ESPN.Balotelli opened the scoring as the Reds played their first Champions League game since the 2008-09 season, only for Ludogorets to snatch a late equaliser. Gerrards penalty, in injury time, diverted the points to Anfield and after the match the captain as fulsome in his praise of the striker.You've got More...
Arteta laments sloppy Arsenal
September 17, 2014 (15:10) [ Indexed from A Different League
Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has criticised his teams performance in the 2-0 Champions League defeat against Borussia Dortmund, ESPN has reported.The Gunners fell victim to goals from Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to start their group stage campaign with a defeat, Arteta pointing the finger at a loss of concentration as the first-half was coming to a close as part of the reason for the reverse.They put us under pressure, it was very sloppy from us to concede the goal with 20 seconds to go in the fi More...
Man City boss Pellegrini wants Champions League changes
September 17, 2014 (15:00) [ Indexed from A Different League
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wants changes made to the way in which groups are drawn for the Champions League, ESPN has reported.City have been pitted against Bayern Munich, Roma and CSKA Moscow, playing the German and Russian champions for the second year in a row. The Premier League title winners received such a tough draw because of a low UEFA coefficient that placed them in the second set of seeds, but Pellegrini believes domestic champions from major leagues should automatically be made first seeds. More...
Gerrard: Liverpool have a lot to learn in Champions League
September 17, 2014 (14:55) [ Indexed from A Different League
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes the team are on a steep learning curve when it comes to the Champions League after a narrow escape in their first fixture of the season, ESPN has reported.The Reds needed a late Gerrard penalty to beat Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets after conceding a late equaliser to Mario Balotellis opening goal. Gerrard was pleased with the win but called on the players to do better in their next European outing.It's always nice to win the game when you think you're going to drop two po More...
Baines wants long Everton Europa League run
September 17, 2014 (14:45) [ Indexed from A Different League
Leighton Baines believes Everton have to target a lengthy run in the Europa League despite the difficulty of their group, Sky Sports has reported.The Toffees get their European campaign underway on Thursday with the visit of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, who, along with Lille and Krasnodar, form what Baines feels is one of the toughest groups of the competition.I heard our group described as being like a Champions League group in terms of the calibre of the clubs in it, he said. I dont know much about the Russian More...
Arsenal boss Wenger has faith in Welbeck
September 17, 2014 (14:40) [ Indexed from A Different League
Arsene Wenger has insisted he has no concerns over the finishing ability of Danny Welbeck after the England international missed a number of chances during Arsenals Champions League defeat against Borussia Dortmund, the Daily Mail has reported.The Gunners fell to a 2-0 reverse but could have taken the lead through Welbeck, the 16m transfer deadline day purchase from Manchester United. As it was, Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted for the Bundesliga side as Arsenals group stage campaign started with a loss. More...
Arsenal suffer further injury nightmare
September 17, 2014 (13:10) [ Indexed from A Different League
Arsene Wengers Arsenal could be plunged further in to an injury crisis as they await reports of the knock picked up by Jack Wilshere last night, the Daily Star is reporting.Wilshere appeared to twist his ankle in the closing stages of their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, and anxiously await to see if he will join their growing list of injuries.Mathieu Debuchy suffered ligament damage at the weekend that has ruled him out for at least two months, while Nacho Monreal has a bad back and did not travel More...
Mourinho - Hazard can become one of the greats
September 17, 2014 (12:45) [ Indexed from A Different League
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that Eden Hazard can become one of the greats of his generation, the Telegraph is reporting, after he confirmed the winger is set to be handed a new deal.It had been widely reported that Hazard was in line for a new bumper 200,000-a-week five year contract, with Mourinho confirming this in his press conference ahead of their Champions League clash with Schalke.It is a demonstration of how they value Hazard as a player who can inspire the team to success, having joined as a 21-y More...
FA plan to reduce number of non-EU players
September 17, 2014 (12:40) [ Indexed from A Different League
The Football Association has drawn up plans to cut the number of non-EU players currently in English football by up to 50%, the BBC has reported.The FAs English commission had called for a major reform earlier in the year upon their belief that clubs around the country were bringing in too many mediocre players.The proposed rule changes have been sent around the country to the Premier and Football League, along with respective player and manager unions, with the hope that the changes will be in place for the 20 More...
Chelsea want ten more years of Mourinho
September 17, 2014 (12:35) [ Indexed from A Different League
Chelsea chiefs want current boss Jose Mourinho to stay on as manager for the next decade, according to the London Evening Standard.Mourinho signed a four year deal with the Blues when he made his sensational return to Stamford Bridge last season, but Chief Executive Ron Gourlay has revealed that the club want the Portuguese at the helm for at least the next 10 years.Chelsea have been a merry-go-round for managers in recent years " in fact seeing ten different men come and go since Russian Tycoon Roman Abramovich t More...
Bayern Munich vs Man City - Match preview and team news
September 17, 2014 (12:25) [ Indexed from A Different League
Manchester City begin their latest tilt at the Champions League with a trip to the Allianz Arena, hoping to win there in the group stage for the second season in succession. Reaching the knockout stages of this competition for the first time last term represented steady progress for the Premier League champions, but with the quality that exists within the squad, they should be aiming higher in 2014-15. That is despite being given a tough group which also includes CSKA Moscow and Roma.Here, they can draw great insp More...
Rooney pays tribute to former Man Utd boss Ferguson
September 17, 2014 (12:25) [ Indexed from A Different League
Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has thanked former boss Sir Alex Ferguson for the role he played in the strikers career, Sky Sports is reporting, while also stating he hopes to remain at the club for at least another five years.The future of Wayne Rooney had been the subject of intense speculation during the final year of Fergusons reign at Old Trafford before the Scot revealed that after his final home game in May 2013 the player had requested a transfer.Rooney stayed on through the turbulen More...
Chelsea vs Schalke 04 - Match preview and team news
September 17, 2014 (12:25) [ Indexed from A Different League
Chelsea will be looking to carry their domestic form into their European campaign as Schalke 04 provide the opposition on match day one in Champions League Group F. On paper at least, last seasons semi-finalists seem to have the kindest group stage draw of the four English clubs, with Sporting Lisbon and Maribor their other two opponents. The Blues know Schalke well, having come up against them at this stage last season and won 3-0 at home and away.Thanks in a large part to Diego Costas incredible seven goals in More...
Newcastle's Gutierrez fighting testicular cancer
September 17, 2014 (12:20) [ Indexed from A Different League
Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has revealed that he is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer in his homeland of Argentina, Sky Sports is reporting.The 31-year-old has not played since April after spending time on loan at Norwich, having fell out of favour at St James Park.He had originally been a regular for the club since joining back in 2008 from Spanish side Mallorca, making 192 appearances over five seasons in Newcastle colours, and was an impressive performer at the 2010 World Cup. More...
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal - Match preview and team news
September 16, 2014 (11:40) [ Indexed from A Different League
Arsenal begin their latest Champions League campaign hoping for a repeat of their fine win away to Borussia Dortmund in last seasons group stage. Having come through a nervy two-legged qualifier against Besiktas in August, the target now for the Gunners will be to top their group, as they have suffered the consequences from that in the previous two seasons, going out to Bayern Munich in the last 16 on both occasions. Just as in 2013-14, they have been handed a tricky group, but do at least begin with their most d More...
Liverpool vs Ludogorets - Match preview and team news
September 16, 2014 (11:20) [ Indexed from A Different League
Liverpool make their long awaited return to the Champions League as they take on Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield on Tuesday evening. Having returned to Europes elite thanks to a series of superb attacking displays last season and an unexpected second place finish, the Reds will be hoping that this will be the first of many seasons in this competition under Brendan Rodgers, rather than just a one-off return to the biggest stage that club football has to offer.A winning start is crucial, given tha More...
Van Gaal can rebuild Man Utd spirit, says Blind
September 16, 2014 (11:00) [ Indexed from A Different League
Recent Manchester United signing Daley Blind has backed manager Louis van Gaal to restore the clubs team spirit, Sky Sports has reported.Louis van GaalBlind made his debut for the club on Sunday as Man Utd thrashed Queens Park Rangers 4-0 to give van Gaal his first win in charge at the fifth attempt. The utility player joined from Ajax towards the end of the transfer window, and knows the boss well having played under him for the Dutch national team.And the 24-year-old believes that van Gaals honesty can help un More...
Hazard close to agreeing new Chelsea contract
September 16, 2014 (10:45) [ Indexed from A Different League
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is close to signing a new five-year contract with the club, which would see him become their highest paid player, the Daily Mail has reported.The new deal will see the Belgian earn around 200,000 per week, while it also intended to ward off the interest of Paris St. Germain, who have been heavily linked with making a move to bring Hazard back to French football.Talks with Hazards lawyer are at an advanced stage, and Chelsea are hoping that a conclusion to the negotiations can be reache More...
Gerrard admits Champions League envy
September 16, 2014 (10:25) [ Indexed from A Different League
Liverpool captain Sreven Gerrard has admitted that he felt slightly jealous of the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United during his sides absence from the Champions League, writes BBC Sport.After five years away from playing in Europes premier competition, Liverpool take on Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield on Tuesday evening. The match also represents a first taste of the Champions League for manager Brendan Rodgers as well as several members of the playing staff.But Gerrard, a winner More...
Champagne to challenge Blatter for FIFA presidency
September 16, 2014 (10:10) [ Indexed from A Different League
Frenchman Jerome Champagne has confirmed that he intends to run for the FIFA presidency and stand against current incumbent Sepp Blatter in the 2015 election, the Guardian has reported.The 56-year-old previously worked for world footballs governing body between 1999 and 2010, as an executive. In the years since leaving, he has advised a number of the worlds football associations, and was world commissioner for the World Festival of Black Arts in the Senegalese capital Dakar.After UEFA president Michel Platini de More...
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