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The top two teams both missed a chance to break clear

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Chelsea winger Marko Marin is keen to stay at Sevilla after his loan spell at the Spanish club expires.

Pepe Mel was sacked by Real Betis six weeks ago

West Brom appoint Pepe Mel: Premier League strugglers gamble on former Real Betis manager

The 50-year-old was the club's 'No 1 candidate' to replace Steve Clarke

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Spanish club say release clause must be met

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Luis Alberto prepared to wait for chance at Liverpool

The 21-year-old arrived from Sevilla in a £7m deal

Manuel Pellegrini has been hit by a lack of decent cover for his injured players – especially in defence

No crisis, but Manchester City must cure Premier League travel sickness

The gulf in City’s displays home and away is startling

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero claims his goals are only important if it results in victory

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero admits points mean prizes as he puts team performance ahead of personal goal tally

The Argentinian claims that his goals are only important if it means City collect all three points from each game

Maria de Villota passed away aged 33 just a year after being involved in a horrific crash where she lost her right eye

Drivers pay silent tribute to ‘tragic’ Maria de Villota

Former test driver passed away on Friday morning in Seville

Family links Spanish F1 driver Maria de Villota's death to Cambridgeshire crash

Relatives release statement saying the 33-year-old died as a result of neurological injuries she suffered in last year's crash, in which she lost an eye

Sergio Aguero celebrates with Alvaro Negredo and Samir Nasri

Alvaro Negredo relishing strike partnership with Sergio Aguero at Manchester City

The 4-1 win over United was the first time the summer signing had started with the Argentinian

Pain in Spain: World Cup-winner Jesus Navas once gave up playing for his country because of homesickness

Jesus Navas makes himself at home at Manchester City

Being reluctant to stray too far from home is a problem for a modern footballer and there was a time when it threatened the career development of Jesus Navas.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini still doesn't know his strongest attack combination

Both Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic joined City in the summer to compete with current strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol

Carles Puyol nears return for Barcelona

The captain is recovering from knee surgery

Barcelona celebrate Adriano's goal

La Liga review: Adriano scores wonder-strike as Barcelona sneak 1-0 win over Malaga

Two wins out of two for the champions

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Paul Newman: At least we haven't wasted money on Carlos Kickabout. Now bring on the season

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