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Humble duo can alter the perception of the German giants
The England international has requested a transfer
The Catalan club must overturn a 4-0 first leg deficit
The Cardiff City striker is looking beyond his playing career
The degree of the failure could only be measured by the ease which Borussia Dortmund were winning the group
Roberto Di Matteo was today ready to combat Sir Alex Ferguson's mind games with his own brand of covert psychology as he prepared for their first clash since he became Chelsea boss.
Neil Lennon, the Celtic manager, spoke of going into tonight's game against Barcelona in "hope more than expectation" against a rival expert in "laying to waste the best-laid plans" of their opponents. But as a spectator at the Riazor on Saturday night he saw Barcelona score five more goals against Deportivo la Coruna to continue their near perfect start to the season – they have only dropped two points so far – but also witnessed four goals going past Barça keeper Victor Valdes.
City manager doubles his money by agreeing five-year contract which leaves rival in the shade
Birmingham City 0 Chelsea 2
Barcelona will be without Alexis Sanchez and Carles Puyol as they look to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals tonight against Bayer Leverkusen.
United legend endorsed as surprise successor when manager finally walks away
In Spain, clubs can play their reserves in the same league providing they are in a lower division. Barcelona and Villarreal both have B teams playing in the second division and Real Madrid's second side, Castilla, are currently in the third tier.
It had to happen sooner or later. La Liga minnows Levante finally lost their first game of the season yesterday, 2-0 at Osasuna , ending their run of seven successive league wins, surrendering their position at the top of the table to Real Madrid, who battled to a 1-0 victory away at Real Sociedad on Saturday.
Another Clasico and another defeat for Jose Mourinho and his Real Madrid side.
Barcelona are ready to fight to bring Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas back to the club right up until the transfer deadline, coach Pep Guardiola said today.
Barcelona have taken the unusual step of announcing their summer transfer budget after confirming they are taking measures to reduce the club's debt.