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Real Madrid’s Brazilian ace Kaka has voiced his unhappiness at critics doubting the severity of the groin injury which kept him sidelined for six weeks.

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Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini is confident striker Karim Benzema is "perfectly calm" after hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week.

Barça fear Walcott's pace can turn tide for Arsenal

The England winger is seen by some as an unfulfilled talent, but he is causing panic in the Catalan ranks

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