Sport Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks on after the la Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia ended 1-1

The top two teams both missed a chance to break clear

Agent denies Balotelli is 'at war' with Mourinho

The agent of Internazionale striker Mario Balotelli has denied reports suggesting that his client is virtually at war with coach Jose Mourinho.

Rooney refuses to set goal target

Wayne Rooney is refusing to set himself a goals target for the season despite crashing through the 30 barrier at Old Trafford last night.

Pellegrini gets vote of confidence from Real Madrid

Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano gave under-pressure coach Manuel Pellegrini a vote of confidence in the wake of last night's Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon.

Ronaldo confident of Real Madrid victory

Cristiano Ronaldo is confident that Real Madrid, with the help of their fans, will break with recent tradition and progress through to the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Lyon this week.

English clubs face Uefa ban if they fail to balance books

Premier League clubs will have five more years to put their financial house in order before facing the possibility of expulsion from European competitions. The European Clubs' Association, which represents 144 clubs, has agreed new licensing rules with Uefa, under which clubs cannot spend more money than they receive; but figures will be worked out over a three-year period, not a single season, and no sanctions will be brought in until 2015.

Benayoun vows to prove worth

It is a year to the day since Liverpool, then the continent's command team of the moment, beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the Bernabeu, with Yossi Benayoun's first signalling his emergence as one of the side's leading forces with the decisive Champions League goal.

Arbeloa orders Madrid to regain focus

Real Madrid have little time to dwell on their midweek disappointment against Lyon as they prepare to face Villarreal on Sunday in the first of what could prove a decisive run of home matches.

Barcelona injuries leave La Liga wide open

Barcelona's injury concerns have worsened after two key first-team players picked up problems during their 2-1 La Liga defeat at Atletico Madrid on Sunday night.

Barcelona dismiss Guardiola link to Manchester United

Barcelona president Joan Laporta today shrugged off speculation linking coach Pep Guardiola with a move to Manchester United and insisted he is "convinced" the Spaniard will sign a new deal to stay at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona suffer 'undeserved' cup exit

Barcelona midfielder Xavi does not believe his side deserved to see the defence of their Copa del Rey title come to an end at the hands of Sevilla last night.

Becks factor could knock out United

Special tie in store at the Bridge but Platini's desire for 'minnows' to shine remains a pipedream

Mourinho breathes sigh of relief

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho is breathing a sigh of relief following his side's progression to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Real Madrid coach concerned by big-match failings

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini admits it is a concern to him that his side have failed in both of their biggest tests so far this season after losing first to Sevilla and then AC Milan.

Southgate exit my toughest decision says Gibson

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson was today launching a search for a new manager after reluctantly relieving Gareth Southgate of his duties.

Ronaldo eager to shorten injury lay-off

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is confident he will be back on the pitch sooner than expected despite being told he faces around a month on the sidelines.

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