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Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini accuses referee of Barcelona bias

• Pellegrini says Jonas Eriksson failed to control game • Referee 'remedied' previous errors, City manager says<p>A furious Manuel Pellegrini accused the referee, Jonas Eriksson, of deciding Barcelona's 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League by rectifying mistakes made when officiating a …

Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini faces Uefa charge for referee attack

• Manager angry with Jonas Eriksson after Barcelona beat City • Pellegrini could be hit with touchline ban if charged by Uefa<p>Manuel Pellegrini could be charged by Uefa for his outburst against the referee Jonas Eriksson, with the governing body waiting for the report from the official and its match …

Clarence Seedorf – Milan will mock form book against Atlético Madrid

Milan's new manager believes his side can put the pride back into Italian football in the Champions League match<p>Clarence Seedorf is a man well versed in European glory, but given Milan's current predicament any success this season would represent the most significant achievement during the most …

Thomas Tuchel shows his talent and the Bundesliga's competitive streak

The 40-year-old in charge of Mainz has shown how shrewd management can help compete with the big spenders<p>There was not much in it before the weekend began but by Friday night one of the most extraordinary records in recent Bundesliga history was guaranteed to remain intact. The 2-0 win over …

Arsenal Fans Tipped to Boycott Bayern Munich Game over Ticket Prices

Link to Media<p>Arsenal fans must pay between £62 and £132 to watch their side take on Bayern Munich at the Emirates, a price range that is expected to see many season ticket-holders boycott the Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie on Feb. 19.<p>As reported by Sami Mokbel of the <i>Daily Mail</i>, the …

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Manchester City Must Change Tactics to Match Midfields of Chelsea and Barcelona

Link to Media<p>Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has two huge games to prepare for, with his side facing Chelsea in the FA Cup on Saturday and Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday. It's vital he adjusts his midfield set-up to compete against both opponents.<p>City can't play with two up …

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FA Cup, fifth round preview and fixtures: Hope for a magic run remains

The four biggest teams remaining in the FA Cup have been drawn against each other. That means there's plenty of potential for one of the lower division sides to make a deep run.<p>With the vast majority of the minnows eliminated, the final rounds of the FA Cup are beginning to take shape. That isn't …

Arsenal slides into pre-tax loss of £2.2m

<b>Premier League football club Arsenal made a loss of £2.2m for the six months to the end of November, a sharp fall from the £17.8m profit it made in the same period a year ago.</b><p>Turnover from football increased to £136m, up from £106.1m during the same period in 2012.<p>However, profit from trading …

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Jose Mourinho Wants Chelsea Reunion With His Real Madrid Favourite

Jose Mourinho has reportedly earmarked Sami Khedira as one of Chelsea's main summer targets after the German international played an instrumental …

Brazil's Julio Cesar joins Toronto FC on full-season loan

After joining Queens Park Rangers on a reported salary of about $4 million a year, it's a mystery how TFC could possibly fit him under the MLS salary cap at less than a Designated Player's wages.<p>That Toronto FC unveiled Julio Cesar as their latest high-profile signing on Friday was not a huge …

Arsenal Set to Trump Liverpool and Tottenham for Juan Cuadrado - Report

Arsenal are planning to go all out for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado in the summer, according to the Metro.<p>The Gunners have reportedly made the …

Philippe Coutinho making big difference to Liverpool's double thrust

Brazilian playmaker is only 5ft 7in but he is making his presence felt as Liverpool go for league and FA Cup glory<p>According to statisticians, Philippe Coutinho has attempted 44 through-balls this season, more than any other player in Europe's top five leagues. That is not to say all his passes …

Manchester City Handed Warning by Barcelona's Record-Chasing Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Lionel Messi eclipsed Alfredo di Stefano's domestic goalscoring record on Saturday to help the Catalans deliver an onimous message ahead …

Who Is Better: Mesut Ozil or Mario Gotze?

Link to Media<p>It seems somewhat absurd that as little as a week ago, Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal performances were being widely questioned. The player himself told Sky Sports that his run of poor form had been a stern “test of character.” However, he has responded in some style. In the past week, he has …

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Manchester United Stars Meet Argentina Legend Diego Maradona in Dubai

Link to Media<p>Manchester United are in Dubai, undertaking some warm-weather training during the gap between Premier League fixtures.<p>On the one hand, they'll be sorry not to be participating in the FA Cup.<p>On the other, they got to meet Diego Maradona.<p>A flurry of pictures from the team's players …

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Manchester United watch leading transfer target Eliaquim Mangala in action for Porto

Fierce competition expected for signing of French international centre-back Eliaquim Mangala in the summer with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all interested<p><b>Manchester United</b> sent one of their leading scouts to watch transfer target Eliaquim Mangala play for Porto at Gil Vicente on …

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Tactical Battles That Will Shape Arsenal's Clash with Bayern Munich

Link to Media<p>Bayern Munich travel to London on Wednesday night in a tricky first leg Champions League clash with English Premier League side Arsenal.<p>Yet what this clash of the titans should ultimately offer, aside from the who's who of world-class talent on show, is a tactical battle between two …

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Former Ref Blasts Howard Webb over Denying Luis Suarez a Penalty vs. Arsenal

Link to Media<p>Howard Webb has drawn fire from former Premier League referee Graham Poll for his handling of the contentious penalty incident that unfolded during Arsenal's 2-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday.<p>The Gunners made their way through to the quarterfinals of this season's FA Cup thanks to goals …

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Fernandinho could return to boost Manchester City ahead of Barcelona tie

• Midfielder trains at Etihad on eve of Champions League game • 28-year-old has been suffering with muscle injury<p>Fernandinho could return for Manchester City's Champions League last-16 first leg against Barcelona after the Brazilian took part in opening training at the Etihad Stadium on Monday …

Champions League Ball with Portuguese Theme to Make Debut in Last 16

Link to Media<p>On the eve of the Champions League knockout stage, Adidas have unveiled a new ball with a Portuguese theme, celebrating the tournament final taking place in Lisbon later this year.<p>According to this Adidas press release, the Finale Lisbon Official Match Ball tells a story:<p>The design …

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Cristiano Ronaldo to MLS and David Beckham's Miami Rumour Seems Unlikely

Link to Media<p>Hold on to your hats—according to <i>The Sun</i> (subscription required), David Beckham wants to make Cristiano Ronaldo his first major signing when his MLS franchise in Miami gets up and running.<p>If that sounds fanciful, it is surely because it is. Here's the paper's evidence for the scoop—an …

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FA Cup Player Power Rankings: Fabianski, Jovetic and Porter Star in 5th Round

Link to Media<p>Premier League action took a break in England this week as 16 hopeful teams looked to set out on the road to silverware in the FA Cup instead.<p>One game was called off due to adverse weather, but the likes of Manchester City, Everton, Arsenal and Sunderland all reached the last eight …

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Thibaut Courtois Set for Chelsea Talks as Jose Mourinho Prepares Mass Clear-out

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will stage talks with the Premier League leaders ahead of making a decision over his future after a third …

Bayern Munich: five things Pep Guardiola has done to improve them

As they prepare to face Arsenal, here's how manager Pep Guardiola has made the European champions even stronger<p>1 He keeps his opponents guessing<p>Under Louis van Gaal, the godfather of Bayern's possession game and Jupp Heynckes, his more pragmatic and tactically refined successor, it was easy to …

Joleon Lescott Hints at Likely Post-Season Departure from Manchester City

Link to Media<p>Joleon Lescott is accepting of the fate that his time as a Manchester City player will come to its end this summer, with the final months of his contract at the Etihad Stadium ticking down.<p>The centre-back featured for the full 90 minutes of City's 2-0 FA CUP fifth-round win over …

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Arsenal Transfer News: Horst Heldt Discusses Gunners' Bid for Julian Draxler

Link to Media<p>Arsenal's January interest in Schalke playmaker Julian Draxler was a massive talking point over the course of the winter transfer window, but the Miners' sporting director, Horst Heldt, said the Gunners wouldn't stump up enough cash for his services.<p>That's according to a report from <i>The</i> …

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Howard Webb's £4k After-Dinner Speaking Gigs Distracting, Says Ex-Referee

Link to Media<p>Howard Webb, the English referee who took charge of the 2010 World Cup final, has been criticised by former colleague Mark Halsey for his after-dinner speaking commitments.<p>Webb came in for criticism after a difficult game over the weekend, and several of his decisions in the Arsenal …

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Wayne Rooney to sign new Manchester United deal 'in next 48 to 72 hours'

• United striker expected to agree contract extension • Rooney could be given captaincy next season<p>Wayne Rooney is expected to sign a new five-and-a-half year contract with Manchester United in the next 48 to 72 hours.<p>Rooney's future has been up in the air ever since Chelsea attempted to prise the …