Club Focus – Birmingham – Phillips the elder to tutor Benitez the youngster?

Prior to Saturday’s game against Birmingham at St. Andrews, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remarked that the events of the same fixture two seasons ago would have no bearing on this tie and the Arsenal players would not be thinking about it. However, in his post-match interview, he said: “We have a big disappointment just for today and we have to continue to fight.” Wenger will recognise the importance of this game and its similarities to last season. Whilst this time there was no injury to Eduardo and no outburst from…

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Club Focus – Aston Villa – O’Neill condemns Aston Villa’s capitulation

Chelsea’s 7-1 thrashing of Aston Villa not only ended their Champions League aspirations, but it also could have ended their hopes of playing in a European competition next season. To add insult to injury, the Villans suffered their first defeat of 2010 and saw their best defence record taken away from them. What cannot be denied is that this was bound to happen sooner or later. The Villa defence was at fault for the first goal after failing to clear Florent Malouda’s cross which eventually found Frank Lampard to slide…

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Club Focus – Sunderland – The Sunderland of old make Anfield appearance

Sunderland need not have turned up at Anfield as Liverpool strolled to victory in one of their most comfortable afternoons of the season. All the pre-match optimism that followed the Wearside club to Anfield was extinguished after just three minutes when Fernando Torres scored what will probably go down as the goal of the season. By the time Glen Johnson’s cruelly deflected effort found its way past the floundering Craig Gordon, it was clear that the afternoon was going to be little more than an exercise in damage limitation. At…

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Everton news – Doyle interest, Rodwell to sign new contract, reserves draw

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Everton Today: Claret and blue double next for Everton. (Read more…) Villa and Everton interest will not affect Doyle. (Read more…) Everton Midfielder Jack Rodwell To Sign Fresh Contract. (Read more…) Everton reserves forced to settle for point in stalemate with Manchester City. (Read more…) &nbsp&nbsp&nbspDon’t forget to check out the Everton Club page, updated daily here at A Different League for the latest in-depth analysis.

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Tottenham news – Defoe returns, Pedro Leon bid made, Kranjcar believes in 4th spot

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Tottenham. Today: AC Milan bid for Tottenham and Manchester City target Pedro Leon. (Read more…) Tottenham have been handed a boost with the news that Jermain Defoe has made a successful return to training. (Read more…) Be entertained for hours watching Tottenham. (Read more…) Get access to Spurs TV Online, the Official Tottenham Hotspur TV Channel.(Read more…) Kranjcar: Tottenham Hotspur equipped for Champions League. (Read more…) Tottenham – Always someone worse off than…

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Man City news – Tevez on top form, Mancini wants more from Vieira, Zabaleta banned

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Manchester City. Today: Terrific Tevez destroys Wigan. (Read more…) Carlos Tevez: I’ve Lost Count Of My Manchester City Goals This Season. (Read more…) Roberto Mancini Wants More From Patrick Vieira At Manchester City. (Read more…) Manchester City Defender Pablo Zabaleta Hit With Two-Match Ban. (Read more…) &nbsp&nbsp&nbspDon’t forget to check out the Manchester City Club page, updated daily here at A Different League for the latest in-depth analysis.

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Liverpool news – Raul to Anfield? Wilson wanted, Aquilani loves life at ‘Pool

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Liverpool. Today: Liverpool Plan Audacious Move for World Class Striker to Partner Fernando Torres: Raul Targeted. (Read more…) Torres: the ridiculous and the sublime. (Read more…) Rangers starlet Danny Wilson on Liverpool radar as Rafa Benitez weighs up £3m bid. (Read more…) Alberto Aquilani: I Love Everything About Liverpool & England Except The Weather. (Read more…) &nbsp&nbsp&nbspDon’t forget to check out the Liverpool Club page, updated daily here at A Different League for…

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Man Utd news – Rooney injury latest, Bayern highlights, match analysis

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Manchester United. Today: United struggle to hold onto Bayern. (Read more…) Ragged Reds munched in Munich. (Read more…) Manchester United and England Fans Look Away Now: Wayne Rooney Injured! (Read more…) Bayern Munich 2-1 Manchester United Champions League Quarter Final Highlights (Video). (Read more…) &nbsp&nbsp&nbspDon’t forget to check out the Manchester United Club page, updated daily here at A Different League for the latest in-depth analysis.

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Chelsea news – No Drogba appeal, Lampard inspires Blues form, Deco close to Brazil recall

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Chelsea Today: No Coincidence: Frank Lampard’s Return to Form Coincides With Chelsea’s. (Read more…) Chelsea’s Deco Closes In On Brazil Return. (Read more…) Chelsea will not appeal against Didier Drogba’s two-match Uefa ban. (Read more…) Petrov: FA Cup is a second chance against Chelsea. (Read more…) &nbsp&nbsp&nbspDon’t forget to check out the Chelsea Club page, updated daily here at A Different League for the latest in-depth analysis.

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Aston Villa news – Mourinho to Villa, Lerner O’Neill latest, Villa try to quash rumours

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Aston Villa. Today: Falling out between O’Neill and Lerner threatens to derail Villa’s progress. (Read more…) Martin O’Neill considering Villa Park future. (Read more…) Mourinho to Villa? (Read more…) Aston Villa move fast to quell Martin O’Neill quit rumours. (Read more…) &nbsp&nbsp&nbspDon’t forget to check out the Aston Villa Club page, updated daily here at A Different League for the latest in-depth analysis.

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United struggle to hold on against Bayern

BAYERN MUNICH 2 Ribery 77, Olic 90+2 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 Rooney 2 It is not often a Manchester United side can be accused of giving the ball away, but following the loss in the Allianz Arena that is the exact criticism that Sir Alex Ferguson is laying on his team. Wayne Rooney was clearly an isolated figure for the most part of the evening and it was in the delivery to the United front man where much of this encounter was lost. Drawing teams onto them and hitting on them…

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Ragged Reds munched in Munich

BAYERN MUNICH 2Ribery 77, Olic 90 MANCHESTER UNITED 1Rooney 2 The ghost of the Nou camp returned to haunt Manchester United on a night both they, and Wayne Rooney will limp away from the Allianz Arena. Rooney’s early goal was the only bright spot on a disappointing night for the Premier League champions, as an injury time Ivica Olic goal means they will be required to overturn a 2-1 deficit at Old Trafford in eight days time. In his post-match post mortem, Sir Alex Ferguson suggested United’s second-minute goal had…

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Martin O’Neill considering Villa Park future

Rumours that Martin O’Neill has quit as manager of Aston Villa have been branded ‘pure nonsense’ by sources at Villa Park, but there does seem to be an awful lot of smoke for there not to be a fire. The whispers doing the rounds have it that O’Neill has decided to leave his post with the Midlanders following a row with American owner Randy Lerner. Initial reports suggest O’Neill had aired grievances with Lerner over transfer funding, or lack of it, for next season, and had decided to end his…

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No Fabregas a major worry for Arsenal

Arsenal’s eagerly anticipated tie with Barcelona nears with Wednesday’s game seeing two of the most enjoyable footballing sides take the pitch for the first time since the 2005 Champions League final. Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Xavi are all expected to take part for Barcelona and a plethora of talents are also vying for spots in Arsenal’s team. However, with Henry set to face his old club for the first time since his elopement to Spain in 2007, Barcelona’s old player, Cesc Fabregas, may not take part. Fabregas is the…

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Falling out between O’Neill and Lerner threatens to derail Villa’s progress

Rumours abounded on Tuesday over the future of Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill, with speculation growing the 58-year-old had left his post at Villa Park. The Midlands club quickly moved to deny the story, but a supposed rift between O’Neill and Villa owner Randy Lerner was said to be at the heart of O’Neill’s discontent. Disagreements over transfer funds were said to be the crux of the matter. O’Neill wanted licence to strengthen his squad in the summer whereas Lerner is thought to favour a sell-to-buy philosophy with cuts in…

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Club Focus – Manchester City – Terrific Tevez destroys Wigan

A combination of Gary Caldwell’s recklessness, Vladimir Stoijkovic’s ineptitude and Carlos Tevez’s brilliance kept Manchester City’s Champions League hopes alive last night, as the Argentinean capitalised on the Wigan Athletic players’ mistakes to bag a hat-trick on a night that looked to be petering out in frustration prior to the Latics’ implosion. City had only themselves to blame for an anaemic first half that evoked memories of the opening 45 minutes against Sunderland. The malaise that dogs the Blues’ initial offerings is a real quandary – when they step the…

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Club Focus – Tottenham – Always someone worse off than yourself

For Tottenham, the weekend win over Portsmouth was a reminder that there is always someone worse off than yourself. With the recent injury problems that have hit the Spurs squad, Harry Redknapp could be forgiven for thinking someone out there does not want his team to clinch fourth spot in the Premier League. Redknapp will need only have cast a glimpse on his former side’s plight to remember that things could be a lot worse. The Pompey squad has been as decimated as their bank balance of late and things…

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Club Focus – Everton – Claret and blue double next for Everton

Everton’s hopes of European football remain in the balance after the weekend’s results, when the Toffees’ goalless draw with Wolves and Aston Villa’s hammering at the hands of Chelsea kept the Blues’ chances of sneaking into seventh place alive. Three points against troubled West Ham next weekend – when Villa face a tough trip to Bolton Wanderers – would shift the emphasis on the two teams’ meeting in mid-April. Looking past the visit of the London-based claret and blue outfit is not something David Moyes is likely to do, however.…

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Tottenham news – Diarra, Saviola linked to move, Monaco want Eidur back, Dawson injury not as bad as first thought

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Tottenham. Today: Spurs linked with shock move for former Arsenal midfielder. (Read more…) Benfica striker Saviola in Tottenham sights. (Read more…) MICHAEL Dawson has given Tottenham an injury boost with the news his Achilles injury is not as bad as first thought. (Read more…) Tottenham face fight to keep Eidur Gudjohnsen as Monaco insist striker will return. (Read more…) &nbsp&nbsp&nbspDon’t forget to check out the Tottenham Club page, updated daily here at A…

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Man Utd news – Utd one man team – Ribery, watch Bayern Munich v Man Utd live, Top Man Utd blogs

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Manchester United. Today: The Top 10 Manchester Utd blog awards – Results. (Read more…) Bayern v Man Utd preview. (Read more…) Bayern Munich Coach Louis Van Gaal Claims Manchester United’s Edwin Van Der Sar Is A ‘Manufactured’ Player. (Read more…) Wayne Rooney ‘carries’ Manchester United! Bayern Munich’s Frank Ribery taunts Champions League opponents. (Read more…) Don’t forget to check out the Manchester United Club page, updated daily here at A Different League for…

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Club Focus – Wolverhampton Wanderers – Unbeaten run extended to four

It has been a great fortnight for Wolverhampton Wanderers earning eight points out of the last twelve, but they know that the hard work is far from over in their fight for Premier League survival. Last time out Wolves earned a draw against an in form Everton side, who have already taken the scalps of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City in recent months. David Moyes’ team will have been left scratching their heads wondering quite how they managed to only come away from Molineux with a point after squandering…

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Club Focus – Stoke City – Learning to love life on the road

Stoke City are currently the top flight’s form away side. The Potters’ excellent weekend victory at Upton Park extended the team’s undefeated run on their travels into its fourth month, having not tasted defeat on the road in the league since Boxing Day’s loss to Manchester City. Tony Pulis’ men currently lie a very respectable 10th in this season’s away form table. It has proven quite a turnaround in fortunes from last season, when Stoke’s appalling record away from the Britannia Stadium threatened to torpedo their hopes of survival. The…

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Club Focus – Fulham – Plenty to think about

Some things are just too easy to predict. Jimmy Bullard was always going to score the opener, Fulham were never going to break the away-day curse – even against a side that prior to Saturday had not kept a clean sheet all season – and as much as most Whites fans wanted to see the fringe players given a chance, they were never likely to grab it against a battling-for-their-lives Hull City. But despite the result being far from unexpected, the manner of the defeat leaves a bitter taste, and…

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Club Focus – Newcastle United – Magpies set for promotion party

Newcastle United look certain to be playing Premier League football next season following their 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest. The result puts the Magpies a massive 13 points clear of third place Forest with only seven games left in the season. They can mathematically ensure promotion as early as this Saturday if they win away at bottom of the table Peterborough United and Forest lose to Bristol City. It looks like it could be an Easter weekend to remember on Tyneside and even if they fail to secure promotion on…

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Club Focus – Blackburn Rovers – Olsson at the heart of Derby delight

Blackburn Rovers beat bitter rivals Burnley by a solitary goal on Sunday to condemn their foes to yet another defeat under manager Brian Laws. However, it was the fashion of the winner that angered the fans at Turf Moor. Young Swede Martin Olsson – who usually plays at left-back but found himself playing further forward – won his side a controversial penalty, where he appeared to go down in the area with little contact from opposition goalkeeper Brian Jensen. ‘The Beast’ – as they call the stopper – was incensed,…

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