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Messi primed as blistering Barca prepare for Roma

By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi is set for his first start for nearly two months when Barcelona, fresh from pulverising Real Madrid 4-0 at the weekend, set their sights on Champions League qualification when AS Roma visit...
Arsene Wenger Arsenal

Arsenal’s slim European hopes boosted by Zagreb scandal

By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still believes his side have a "strong chance" to qualify for the Champions League last 16 for a 16th consecutive season as the Premier League side and Croatian champions Dinamo...
John Terry Chelsea

Terry says Chelsea rejuvenated for Maccabi trip

LONDON (Reuters) - John Terry believes Chelsea's fortunes could be changing at a timely moment as the struggling English champions travel to Israel with the prospect of securing qualification for the knock-out stages of the Champions League. The Blues' captain...
Man City fans boo UEFA anthem

UEFA take no action against Man City over booing fans

LONDON (Reuters) - European soccer's governing body UEFA saved themselves from even greater worldwide ridicule when they announced Manchester City would not face any disciplinary action because their supporters booed the Champions League anthem. UEFA's Icelandic match delegate Geir Thorsteinsson...

5 shocking managerial sackings

Football has never been a forgiving sport , be it for the players or the managers . To catch up with the cut-throat competition clubs do not excuse even a single slip on the the part of the managers...

Under-fire Benitez needs Ronaldo back at very best

By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA, (Reuters) - With coach Rafa Benitez under-fire for Real Madrid's perceived lack of attacking threat, the Spaniard needs Cristiano Ronaldo to return to his very best at Sevilla on Sunday. Real are joint top of La Liga...

Defiant Cech says Arsenal can still reach last 16

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Beaten five times on a humbling night in Munich on Wednesday, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says the London club can still qualify for the Champions League last 16 despite being bottom of Group F...
Jose Mourinho

Mourinho has platform to relaunch season after Dynamo win

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea now have the perfect platform to relaunch their season and banish all talk of manager Jose Mourinho's departure after their 2-1 home win over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday. Mourinho could...