La Liga Preview: Valencia – Real Madrid

Ernesto Valverde’s side will have revenge on its mind after it was aggrieved by the manner of its loss to the Castilian giant in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg.

 

 

 

VALENCIA Alves Barragan, Rami, R Costa, Guardado Gago, T Costa Piatti, Banega, Jonas Soldado REAL MADRID Casillas Arbeloa, Albiol, Varane, Coentrao  Khedira, Alonso Ozil, Modric, Ronaldo Higuain Valencia duo Daniel Parejo and Joao Pereira will sit out Sunday’s Primera Division clash against Real Madrid through suspension. Sergio Canales (knee) and Jeremy Mathieu (ankle) are also unavailable, while captain More >

Premier League Preview: Chelsea – Arsenal

The Blues have been horribly out of form at home recently, and take on a Gunners team that will be eager to close the gap on their rivals for a Champions League spot.

 

CHELSEA Cech Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole Ramires, Lampard Oscar, Mata, Hazard Ba ARSENAL Szczesny Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs Wilshere, Diaby Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski Walcott

  Chelsea has an almost fully fit squad to choose from, with Oriol Romeu (knee) the only long-term absentee. John Terry has returned to fitness but is unlikely to start. Nigerian duo Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel More >

Frank Lampard may join Los Angeles Galaxy

According to a source that is close to Lampard, the Chelsea midfielder has reached an tentative agreement to play for the LA Galaxy in MLS.

 

Less than two months after David Beckham’s departure, the LA Galaxy have found their star replacement.  Frank Lampard has agreed to join the LA Galaxy, a source close to the Chelsea midfielder told Goal.com.  “It’s all but done,” the source said.  A team spokesman would not confirm or deny the rumor, only telling Goal.com that head coach Bruce Arena publicly acknowledged interest in Lampard on Thursday.

 

Lampard will likely join Los Angeles on a free More >

Bayern played the long game to get Guardiola

“Pep is already learning German,” said FC Bayern München chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as he gave the story behind Josep Guardiola’s appointment as their next coach.

“Pep has an unbelievable aura and charisma,” said FC Bayern München chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in the aftermath of Josep Guardiola’s appointment as the club’s next coach. “Although he’s only 41, he’s a very experienced and smart person. He knows exactly what he’s doing and doesn’t decide on a gut feeling, but with his heart.”

 

Former FC Barcelona boss Guardiola will return to football in the summer after a one-year More >

Season over for United’s Fletcher after surgery

Manchester United FC will be without Darren Fletcher until the summer after he had surgery to cure the chronic bowel condition that caused him to miss a large part of last season.

Manchester United FC’s Scottish international midfielder Darren Fletcher has had surgery to resolve his ulcerative colitis condition and will miss the remainder of the season. The Premier League leaders said the operation had been planned to take place at an “optimal time” and “in the best interests of his long-term health”, adding: “We look forward to him returning next season with this problem firmly behind More >

The weekend’s top games

A top-of-the-table clash in Portugal takes centre stage this weekend alongside tough tests for Premier League leaders Manchester United FC and Liga pacesetters FC Barcelona.

France: Stade Rennais FC v FC Girondins de Bordeaux (Saturday 20.00) UEFA Europa League contenders Bordeaux could leapfrog Rennes into fourth place with victory. However, Francis Gillot’s side’s seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions is not as impressive as it sounds – they have drawn their last five Ligue 1 fixtures, scoring just once in the last four. “If we keep playing like we have recently, we won’t win many More >

Barcelona breeze into last eight

David Villa and Alexis Sánchez both scored twice as FC Barcelona beat Córdoba CF 5-0, while Real Betis Balompié and Club Atlético de Madrid also progressed to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

 

FC Barcelona booked a Copa del Rey quarter-final meeting with fellow UEFA Champions League contenders Málaga CF by cruising past Córdoba CF 5-0. Córdoba already trailed 2-0 from the opening meeting and fell further adrift when Thiago Alcántara (17) swept in a finish from Alex Song’s lobbed pass. David Villa swiftly added a sumptuous second, wrong-footing Alberto Aguilar then flipping a shot over Mikel More >
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