Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is happy to see the media focus switch to Chelsea’s Roberto di Matteo. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is happy to see the media focus switch to Chelsea’s Roberto di Matteo.Wenger confesses victory over Tottenham has relieved the pressure.“Circumstances went a bit for us on Saturday but what is important is to win the game and to build and lift the confidence.“Look, today we live in a world today that is completely emotional. You have one defeat, you listen to people who say ‘get him out, get the player out, get the manager out’.“Now they speak of Roberto Di Matteo. He’s just won the Champions League and the FA Cup a few months ago!”
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho confesses he feel more supported at the San Siro than the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho confesses he feel more supported at the San Siro than the Santiago Bernabeu.Mourinho won the Champions League with Inter Milan and admits he’s never felt the same support from the home fans at Real.”I know some will criticize me, but I’ll take the San Siro to play at home, it is a stadium that provides unique support,” said Mou.
Sunderland defender Matt Kilgallon is a target for Leeds United.The Sun says Leeds boss Neil Warnock is moving for Kilgallon. Sunderland defender Matt Kilgallon is a target for Leeds United.The Sun says Leeds boss Neil Warnock is moving for Kilgallon.Kilgallon, 28, is out of favour at Sunderland and Warnock needs a defender before tomorrow’s loan deadline.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is at breaking point with president Florentino Perez over new contract talks. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is at breaking point with president Florentino Perez over new contract talks.El Mundo Deportivo says Ronaldo is upset with Florentino refusing to meet his original demands tabled earlier this season.With his deal due to expire in 2015 and Spain’s new tax laws coming in next year, Ronaldo wants to see his salary raised from €10.5 million to €15.5 million – after tax.Ronaldo also wants 100 per cent of image rights, which is the agreement Lionel Messi enjoys at Barcelona.But Florentino has told Ronaldo they won’t budge from the 60:40 split currently in place and also is in no rush to hike up his wages with his deal still having three years to run.It’s suggested Florentino has told Ronaldo if he doesn’t like the situation he can leave – so long as he can find a club willing to pay €100 million for his transfer.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas hopes to find buyers for four senior players in January. Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas hopes to find buyers for four senior players in January.The Daily Star says he failed to sell Michael Dawson in the summer after he snubbed a move to QPR but could try again after hardly picking the defender so far this season.Heurelho Gomes, Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley are on Spurs’ books but are also out of favour.
England are in line to host next year’s U21 European Championship.Israel are due to host the tournament in June but it could be moved if the current conflict in Gaza continues to escalate. England are in line to host next year’s U21 European Championship.Israel are due to host the tournament in June but it could be moved if the current conflict in Gaza continues to escalate.A UEFA spokesman said: “We are monitoring the situation and our executive committee will decide if we need to consider contingency plans.”UEFA are keen to keep the June 5-18 championships in Israel.And they are still planning to stage next week’s draw for the finals in Tel Aviv — despite recent rocket attacks on the Israeli city.If the heightened conflict does not cease, UEFA would have no option but to move Euro 2013 elsewhere.And it is expected one of the other seven finalists would be asked to host it — with England the most likely alternative.
Real Madrid fullback Alvaro Arbeloa is confident ending Manchester City’s slim Champions League hopes tonight. Real Madrid fullback Alvaro Arbeloa is confident ending Manchester City’s slim Champions League hopes tonight.He admits he is stunned that Manchester City are not topping their Champions League group.Ex-Liverpool man Arbeloa, 29, insisted: “It’s a real surprise to me that City are not heading the group.“They made it difficult for us in the Bernabeu and we are prepared for a big battle.“But we want the points to beat Dortmund to top spot — and we can get them. Benzema is out of this world, a very classy and talented footballer.“And Cristiano Ronaldo has not changed.“For me he is the same player as in past seasons and the rumours about problems in the dressing room are not true. I believe he is happy at Real Madrid.”
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists he doesn’t regard Edin Dzeko as a supersub. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists he doesn’t regard Edin Dzeko as a supersub.Dzeko himself dislikes the supersub tag, and will be heartened to hear that Mancini does not pigeonhole him as such, despite his uncanny success rate from the bench.“Edin is not a player like this, I don’t think,” said Mancini. “He is an important striker. He deserves to play from the start, like Carlos Tevez, like Sergio Aguero, like Mario Balotelli, but it is difficult sometimes.“In a game like our recent draw at West Ham you can play with three strikers sometimes, but we need the balance.”
Shanghai Shenhua want to tempt departing LA Galaxy star David Beckham to China. Shanghai Shenhua want to tempt departing LA Galaxy star David Beckham to China.The Sun says Chinese football giants Shanghai Shenhua are said to be willing to pay Becks more than £350,000 a week to uproot wife Victoria and family from LA.Interested clubs are less interested in former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder Beckham’s ball skills than his ability to boost their global TV audience.Sources in LA said Becks could easily make at least £12million from the deal. One said: “It doesn’t matter he isn’t the greatest player any more. He makes clubs great in terms of sponsorship. A club could pay him £500,000 a week and it would still be worth it.”
Montpellier coach Rene Girard will go with controversial midfielder Cyril Jeunechamp tonight against Champions League opponents Arsenal. Montpellier coach Rene Girard will go with controversial midfielder Cyril Jeunechamp tonight against Champions League opponents Arsenal.Midfielder Jeunechamp, 36, stunned French football by fighting a journalist — and breaking his nose — after the club’s 1-1 draw with Valenciennes on Saturday.Jeunechamp, who was angry with a report after the 3-1 loss at Olympiakos, is likely to be on the bench.Boss Girard said: “Why should I not have him here?“Things went on the other night and we are going to sort them out internally. We may give him a sanction.“He is part of the squad and we’ll see what happens.”