Ancelotti praises misfiring strikers as Europe's best

The Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti likes to say he never asks his strikers to score goals, but perhaps he should start. Ancelotti yesterday described his quartet of strikers as among the best in Europe, even though collectively they have failed to score in the past five Premier League games, ever since Fernando Torres made his debut following his £50m move from Liverpool.

Nicolas Anelka not missing international duty

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka does not miss international football and insists he has no plans to come out of retirement for Euro 2012 once he completes his 18-match ban.

Ribéry and Evra expect jeers from France fans

Franck Ribery and Patrice Evra expect to attract boos and whistles tonight when they make their first home appearance for France since being banned for leading a mutiny during last year's World Cup.

Carlo Ancelotti turns attention to Manchester United

Carlo Ancelotti watched Chelsea cruise to the win at FC Copenhagen they so desperately needed before telling his players: "Now go and beat Manchester United".

Franck Ribery hits back at Raymond Domenech

Former France coach Raymond Domenech should have spoken to the players about their World Cup mutiny, not months later in the media, Franck Ribery said on Thursday.

Domenech hits back at 'foolhardy brats' in French World Cup squad

Former France coach Raymond Domenech has branded members of the national team "foolhardy brats" after speaking out for the first time about their World Cup debacle.

Raymond Domenech labels France players 'foolhardy brats'

Former France coach Raymond Domenech has branded members of the national team as "foolhardy brats" after speaking out for the first time about the World Cup debacle.

Carlo Ancelotti wants to incorporate Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in same Chelsea team

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti plans to rotate his three frontline strikers in the future, but not before finding a way to incorporate them all in the same team.

Fernando Torres explains Liverpool exit

Fernando Torres today revealed he made up his mind to leave Liverpool midway through the January transfer window, more than a week before Chelsea's bid for him became known.

Evra awaits suspension appeal hearing

Patrice Evra's appeal against his five-match ban from the France national team will be heard by the French Football Federation tomorrow.

Anelka's parting shot at 'clowns' who banned him

Nicolas Anelka has described the French Football Federation as a "bunch of clowns" after it imposed an 18-game international ban on the striker for his role in the France team's World Cup revolt in South Africa.

When international careers go wrong

Following an apparently foul mouthed altercation with France World Cup coach Raymond Domenech, Nicolas Anelka was sent home from this summer's Finals in South Africa.

Anelka 'dying with laughter' over France ban

Nicolas Anelka today claimed he was "dying with laughter" despite the 18-match suspension imposed by the French Football Federation which is likely to spell the end of his international career.

France ban Anelka for 18 games over rebellion

Evra and Ribéry also among the players forced to miss qualifying matches for roles in World Cup players' revolt

Evra keen to play for France again despite sanctions

French defender Patrice Evra, facing sanctions for leading a player revolt at the World Cup, does not understand why he should be punished and wants to wear his country's colours again.

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