Sport Patrice Evra, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United pose with the Carling Cup trophy in the dressing room after their 2006 win

The United captain gave the 2006 medal to former team-mate Giuseppe Rossi

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Jose Mourinho was puzzled by the performance of Scottish referee Craig Thomson as Real Madrid had two men sent off late in their 4-0 Champions League win over Ajax.

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Real Madrid guaranteed they will finish top of Group G with a 4-0 win at Ajax last night thanks to two Cristiano Ronaldo goals and two first-half strikes from Karim Benzema, and Alvaro Arbeloa. However, Jose Mourinho's side finished with nine men after Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were sent off late on.

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Drogba returns to fire rampant Chelsea into the knockout stages

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Ancelotti hails 'big player' Drogba as striker makes European return

The visit of Spartak Moscow sees a long-awaited return to Champions League action for Chelsea's Didier Drogba, the player whose misdemeanours in the past three years have come to symbolise the club's frustrations with Europe's premier competition.

Chelsea rule out January transfer spree

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out buying any new players in the January transfer window unless injuries force him to ask owner Roman Abramovich to open his cheque book.

Lampard to return at Anfield this weekend

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is confident that Frank Lampard will be available for Sunday's visit to Liverpool. Lampard has missed the last two months after hernia surgery and while tomorrow's Champions League tie with Spartak Moscow will probably be beyond him Ancelotti expects the midfielder to return at the weekend.

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