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Steve McClaren stood down as Twente coach on Tuesday with the Tukkers in fifth position, having failed to win any of their six Eredivisie fixtures in 2013. Interim boss Alfred Schreuder, promoted from his position as McClaren’s assistant, is not intending to make big changes in a bid to stop the rot. More >
Having lost ground to Lazio last weekend when they drew 1-1 with FC Internazionale Milano, Massimiliano Allegri’s fourth-placed Milan can leapfrog the Rome club into third by triumphing at San Siro. Consequently, Rossoneri goalkeeper Marco Amelia knows just how significant his side’s 27th Serie A match of the campaign is. “By winning on Monday [2-0 against Pescara Calcio] Lazio overtook us, so a victory would be invaluable,” he said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get the three points in the derby and now we are facing a side eager to protect their position in the table. But we are a great team, More >
The visiting Liga leaders are 16 points clear of their third-placed opponents and have not lost a top-flight game at the Santiago Bernabéu since May 2008. Tuesday’s Copa del Rey defeat by José Mourinho’s side – their second reverse in three matches – has dented Barcelona’s morale, however, and the Catalan team will look to respond in the Spanish capital. More >
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid CF beat FC Barcelona 3-1 at the Camp Nou to reach the Copa del Rey final.
Real Madrid CF made amends for their Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of FC Barcelona in the quarter-finals last season by triumphing 3-1 at the Camp Nou to progress to a record 38th final by a 4-2 aggregate scoreline. Lionel Messi fired just wide early on as the home side started brightly but they were caught out on the counterattack after 13 minutes. Gerard Piqué felled Cristiano Ronaldo as he surged into the box and the Portuguese made no mistake from the penalty More >
Milan and Baku derbies, Croatia’s eternal version, Le Classique and a Premier League clash of two old FC Internazionale Milano coaches take centre stage in our weekend preview. More >
While Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC struck at the death, Liverpool FC and holders Club Atlético de Madrid fell just short and AFC Ajax went out in historic fashion. More >
“There’s a perception, as we have Sneijder and Drogba, we’ll advance comfortably,” said Fatih Terim, keen to quell expectations before Galatasaray AŞ’s visit from FC Schalke 04.
The arrival of UEFA Champions League winners Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder has raised expectation levels on the banks of the Bosporus before Galatasaray AŞ’s round of 16 opener against an FC Schalke 04 side who have won just one Bundesliga match since 10 November. However, coach Fatih Terim has warned that Schalke are “quality team” with “dangerous players” – and despite their disappointing domestic form, the More >