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Portuguese winger bags two-goals in pre-season friendly against Crewe after he was linked with a move to AS Monaco

James Lawton: Messi shines brightest to banish memory of Bernabeu's dark night

Lionel Messi did much to grow his ever more vibrant mystique. He ran into space with routine genius and took Ricardo Carvalho repeatedly to the edge of oblivion

Chelsea squad not good enough, says Ancelotti

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti yesterday looked back over the remains of what will go down as the worst season of Roman Abramovich's eight-year reign and confessed the squad was not good enough.

Champions League too close to call says Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has claimed this season's Champions League is too close to call after watching Tottenham's epic adventure in the competition come to an end.

10-man Spurs blown away by Mourinho's Madrid

Real Madrid 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0

Martinez says Spurs can trouble Real despite firing more blanks

Wigan 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0

We're still in the fight, says Ivanovic

Chelsea's versatile defender believes victory over Manchester City can revive title hopes

Marcelo calms Real nerves as Mourinho ends seven-year wait

Real Madrid 3 Lyons 0 (Real win 4-1 on aggregate)

Ramos backs Real to complete Lyons renaissance at Bernabeu

Real Madrid's 1-1 Champions League draw at Lyons on Tuesday went some way towards ending their jinx against the French club but the players were frustrated at their failure to secure a decisive victory.

James Lawton: The gamble of dropping Rooney ignores the fact he is manager's best bet

It is reported from Copenhagen that Fabio Capello has been "forced into admitting" that at some point in the near future he may drop Wayne Rooney.

David Luiz excited by Fernando Torres link up

David Luiz is itching to line up behind fellow Chelsea new boy Fernando Torres in Sunday's Barclays Premier League game against Liverpool, admitting he feared the pair would be on opposite sides this weekend.

I know that I'm lucky still to be in Chelsea job, says Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti was honest enough to admit yesterday that he is lucky to still be in a job after overseeing Chelsea's worst run of form for a decade. The Italian's future as Chelsea manager remains in doubt as long as the champions' form is that of a relegation-threatened club rather than a team fighting to defend their Premier League crown.

Real hope 'father figure' Carvalho can tame Messi

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Ancelotti refuses to let Emenalo near first team

Roman Abramovich certainly pays his managers handsomely, and Carlo Ancelotti is no exception with an annual salary estimated to be £6.5m. However, that does not mean the job is always a comfortable existence, as Ancelotti has found in the past 10 days.

Chelsea suffer Alex loss to fuel defensive crisis

Chelsea will have to soldier on without both first-choice centre-halves after it emerged yesterday that John Terry and Alex both have chronic injury problems.

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