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Claude Makelele

Transfer News and Speculation: 22 July

As he continues his search for new players, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger says he has no intention of going public and destabilising players – as Real Madrid have done with Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sam Wallace: Winning is everything in latest round of a heavyweight

A great occasion and a terrible game: it is what we have come to expect when Liverpool meet Chelsea at the business end of the Champions League. Nothing the two managers said yesterday could dissuade you from the feeling that tonight will be much the same; that these two teams approach one another like freight trains on the same line, rattling inexorably towards an almighty collision with the victor to be the one left with the least damage.

Mourinho's absence looms large despite Grant's quiet progress

After 10 minutes last night it looked as if Fenerbahce would need more than the Coca-Cola Kid to save them, a team of conventional superheroes would be required to deny a Chelsea side determined to make up for last week's aberration by the Bosphorus. Avram Grant's Chelsea, though, have Kryptonite dusting their boots. As in Turkey complacency set in. The tempo dropped and Fenerbahce began to pass their way into the game.