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

Jose Mourinho unimpressed by Scottish referee

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Champions League round-up: Ronaldo scores twice but Real finish with nine men

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Malouda spares blushes as youthful Chelsea are unable to seize chance

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Chelsea hit hard by Lampard's absence as the goals dry up

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Italian calls rumours 'totally untrue' and dismisses the impact of Wilkins' exit

Chelsea expect tight tussle with improving Reds

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Drogba returns to fire rampant Chelsea into the knockout stages

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Ancelotti dares to look to future with Mikel and Ramires

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

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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

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The sporting week ahead (31/10/10)

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United's handy winger is set to lead Champions' League Turkey shoot

After a notably successful last round of matches in Europe two weeks ago, in which Tottenham were the only losers of the seven British sides, the coming week of reverse fixtures offers some sterner tests. In taking on the European champions Internazionale again, Spurs can at least look back on a more encouraging second-half performance in the San Siro, and can add the knowledge that if they win on Tuesday they could top the group with two games to play. Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are already in that happy position at the halfway stage, though the latter pair face long treks to Ukraine and Turkey respectively.

Bale shows that winning friends and influencing people is as easy as 1, 2, 3

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