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Manchester City vs Roma – UEFA Champions League


Manchester City news:

As time passes so they revs up. Nevertheless still they have not reached the desired level of form and this mainly happens because of the major problems they have in defense. Against Hull they got in danger almost out of nowhere, because center-back Mangala was in a … tragic day (an own goal, a penalty). Thus, the in favor of them 2-0 turned to a draw 2-2 and they needed Dzeko (68 ‘) and Lampard (87’, scored in a third consecutive match) to lead the team to victory (4-2).

In the Champions League, Manchester City may lost to Bayern by a goal scored in 90 ‘(1-0), but the result was fair, as they had escaped earlier in many cases. “We lost in the end, in the details. Even if we could get a point, the pressure in view of the match against Roma would be the same. Last year too, if you remember, we started with a defeat and then we did 5 straight wins. This is what we’ll try to do now too, we can win Roma, although the game will be very difficult, “said Pellegrini initially in view of the current match.

“At the beginning of the season we had some problems in scoring, we scored only one goal in the home matches against Stoke and Chelsea, but it seems that we changed, we returned to our standard. Nevertheless the match against Roma requires great caution. It’s a good team, they have won the first 5 games they played since last year Rudi Garcia did a great job and has built a team with excellent technique and very quick” the Chilean coach added.

Goalkeeper Hart was left on the bench in the previous two matches (his place was taken by Caballero), but he is expected to return to the lineup against Roma. Striker Jovetic did not play, but he was trained normally yesterday and became available to coach. Key player Fernando (midfielder) and Nasri (winger) were out in the previous games and they remain unavailable. In fact, the Frenchman was subjected to surgery yesterday and will be out for about a month. Fernando revs up and next week he will be ready for Manchester City.

As for the lineup, it is a question whether Pellegrini will present the team with two strikers (Dzeko at top and Aguero behind him), as he did in most of the games so far, or will prefer a scheme similar to that in Munich, who played with one striker.

Roma news:

Roma struggled, but managed to prevail to Verona in “Stadio Olimpico” by the goals of Florenzi 75′ and Destro in 87′ and to do the “5 out of 5” in Serie A, one week before the top derby to Juventus in Turin. In their premiere of the group in Champions League they played fantastic football in Rome Italy, crashing CSKA Moscow 5-1 (4-0 at halftime). Their history in England is very poor, as in the last seven games in there at the level of Champions League they count one draw (1-1 to Arsenal in 2003) and six defeats, between them, is the heavy on by Manchester United 7-1 in 2007 .

“When the group’s draw took place, everyone had as written off. Now everyone count us and I’m proud of that. If we leave with a positive result in Manchester, we will make a major step towards qualification, but not decisive. Champions League’s matches themselves offer a great motivation to players. We must be patient to hit at the right moment. Manchester City, when they find spaces they speed up suddenly. We must have possession of the ball. We know that our work will not be easy, but we will do everything possible to make life difficult for Manchester City. We are not thinking about the derby against Juventus, because there are five days until then ” Rudi Garcia said.

Roma injuries

Stopper Astori, Castan, midfielders De Rossi, Strootman and Ucan and striker Borriello remain injured. Defender Balzaretti is unlisted. Winger Iturbe is back. Goalkeeper De Sanctis, who faces injury problems, will pass a test just before the match. If he does not prevent, his position under the posts will be taken by the 23 years old Polish Skorupski. Totti, Gervinho and Florenzi will start in the front line.

History : 

Manchester City vs Roma : The two teams have never met before.



Apoel vs Ajax – UEFA Champions League

Apoel vs Ajax

Apoel news:

They were bad in finishing their chances and lost their first points in the Cyprus league after four successive wins. They drew to Limassol (0-0) at home on Saturday, in a match in which they had good presence and several chances for goal but failed to capitalize.

George Donis claimed to be satisfied with the effort of the players, without having available De Vincenti (midfielder) and Djebbour (Striker) in this match, while the absence of the first one was more obvious.

In the premiere of the groups for the Champions League they lost to Barcelona (0-1) at Barcelona, in a match in which they had excellent defensive tactic while they could score a goal in one of their counterattacks. Against Ajax, they are expected to be guided by their defensive tactic as they did in the match of the premiere where they’ll fight for their first points in the group.

Apoel’s coach emphasized inter alia for the current match: “It’s the first match in our home and if we want to have chances against the other three teams we have to collect points in our home. The opponent are the favorite, they are a team of attacking philosophy. We need to limit them but also to keep the ball. The game will be more demanding than the one in Spain because we are not willing to give the ball to the opponent. Players have great motivation. Realistically, we cannot have the same possession as against Barcelona, but Ajax is not Barcelona. We want to have possession, but possession is not always decisive. We are prepared for all eventualities.”

Apoel’s coach, compared to the last time match, will have De Vincenti and Djebbour available. Papazoglou (centre back) remains unavailable for Apoel due to injury. Last but not least problem that emerged is Nektarios Alexandrou (midfielder), who will miss the match due to injury too. John Arne Riise (left Back) is also off for the current game because he is unprepared.

Ajax news:

Having a high percentage of accuracy in the chances created they passed with the emphatic 5-2 from Brenda’s home and combined with Eindhoven’s defeat, they grabbed the top. In the premiere of the groups in the Champions League, they drew 1-1 at Amsterdam against PSG. They showed more respect than they should to the French in the first half and fairly was found back in the score (0-1 in 14′). They tried harder in the second part and reached the equalizer fairly (74′), while just a few minutes later they had a shoot at the post and failed to do the rollover.

“It will be a difficult game. APOEL is a strong team that plays good football. They also have experience as the average age of players is 28 years. We saw (Apoel) how good team they are, in the match against Barcelona. We also know that the fans are fanatics. My players, however, despite the fact that they are youngsters, they have experience of big games and will not be affected by the atmosphere. We want to end the negative streak in away matches, but in order to have hope that we will succeed we should not underestimate APOEL” said Coach De Boer.

“Normally a point in an away game is not a bad result, but if we want to have high hopes for qualifying to the next stage and given that we have to go to Paris and Barcelona we are obliged to get the three points against Apoel” said in his turn the until recently injured midfielder Sana, who was fully healed and probably will start as a key player in tonight’s match.

The lack of the long absent Fischer (winger) will not affect the team. The only question mark for the first eleven is the position of number “6” for which Viergever and Zimling are disputing.

Apoel vs Ajax: Two teams have not met before.

England League 1 – Coventry vs Preston 27/09/2014

Coventry news:

They started the away match against Rochdale dynamically, but in 29′ they were left behind in the score from a penalty made by the goalkeeper. Even before they recovered, they saw the hosts reaching closely to 2-0 (also having a post), but in the finale they pressed, had some lost chances for an equalizer.

This was the second consecutive defeat, since there had been a 2-1 at Scunthorpe’s home, playing with a player less from the early minutes.

They remain unbeaten at home, while in the two matches they played at “Ricoh Arena”, they achieved 2 wins.

Preston news:

They had control in the home game against Crawley Town and – although they did not impressed – they managed to get the victory 2-0.

In 23′ scored first with Wright, while in 65′ Garner formed the final result from the penalty spot.

They came back to the successes after three failed attempts, where basically they had only one poor appearance.

It should be noted that they have scored in all of their three outings so far.

England League 1 – Walsall vs Doncaster 27/09/2014

Walsall news:

They left the away crash to Rochdale behind and having a severe defensive look they took a 0-0 draw in the away match against Gillingham. It was a balanced game, with a few good moments for both teams. However, we should not overlook that they have not score in five of their nine games, while they have surpassed the single in only of them.

They return home where they have just two wins in last 15 games since last year.

Doncaster news:

Doncaster fought a lot at the away match against Fulham for the 3rd round of the League Cup, but finally they relented 2-1. Until the 32 minute they were back at the score 2-0, reduced in 60′ and lost penalty shootout in 78′ for the equalizer.

Paul Dickov said that he is satisfied by the effort of his players. In the championship they are derived from the home 3-2 win against Chesterfield, while it is worth to mention that they already have two wins in their last three away matches.

Italy Serie A – Atalanta vs Juventus 27/09/2014

Atalanta news:

They were fairly defeated 2-0 to Inter Milan. In 30′ Sportiello confirmed his exceptional form by fending off Palacio’s penalty. Ten minutes later he could do nothing in unbelievable kick from Osvaldo. The “bergamaschi” pressed in the second half, lost chances to equalize, but in 87′ Hernanes finalized the score.

“If we had equalized with the chances we lost, everything would be different,” said Stefano Colantuono. “Juventus and Roma are the two best teams in the category and it is difficult to deal with them. The only way to have chances is to play offensively. We start from the last good appearances, although the results were not corresponding” claimed the coach of Atalanta.

Juventus news:

They needed the help of referee Giacomelli who gave a nonexistent penalty in 18′ and Juventus scored. Vidal in 64′ doubled his personal goals and his team, while the final 3-0 was formed by Lichtsteiner in 85′.

They achieved the “5 out of 5” holding the zero in the defense for 7th consecutive match in Serie A.

Buffon said that it will be difficult for the team to repeat last year’s success.

On Wednesday, they travel to Madrid for the difficult match against Atletico.

“We must be serious, because in Bergamo no one wins easily. Firstly we need to get the three points today and then think about the games against Atletico Madrid and Roma. However, I do not believe that the match against Roma will be decisive. I want to get the victories and points. The spectacle is not by concern” Massimiliano Allegri said.

Italy Serie A – Roma vs Verona 27/09/2014

Roma news:

They made the easy things difficult at ‘Ennio Tardini”. Preceded in the 27′ with the goal from Ljajic after a fantastic assist from Totti. They got drawn in 55′ by De Ceglie and while they had lost a lot of chances to make the score 0-2, eventually Pjanic gave the solution with a tremendous kick in 88’. Roma conceded their first goal of the season, but the fact is that they achieved the “5 out of 5” proving that their quality roster has the solutions to the injury problems.

Next Tuesday they face Manchester City in England in the second game day of the Champions League groups.

Today is a great day for Francesco Totti, who reaches the 38 years and naturally he’ll be deified by the tifosi of “giallorossi”, although Garcia probably may not use him at all, due to the upcoming match against Man.City.

“I do not think that my players will think over the game against Manchester City. They did not that even before the match against CSKA Moscow. Currently we only think about Verona. The other teams do not concern us. I do not believe that this year’s championship will be determined at 100 points, because there are many teams to fight for the title. Totti is a power of nature. There is no need to tell him his real age. He thinks he’s still 28 years old and we believe the same too. The fact that he reached up here is due to his tremendous professionalism” Rudi Garcia said.

Verona news:

Verona did not gave up despite losing 2-0 at “Bentegodi” to Genoa in 48′. They reduced the score with a goal by Panagiotis Tachtsidis in 52′ and equalized by Ionita in 64′. The Moldavian scored for the second successive game day.

“My team never gives up,” said Andrea Mandorlini proudly.

“I hope Totti will celebrate his 38 years after the game and not during it. Roma are a very good team and have greatly reduce the difference from Juventus. However, the latter is accustomed to win” said Verona’s coach.

Brazil Serie A – Palmeiras vs Vitoria 25/09/2014

Palmeiras news:

Veteran Lucio and former football player Victorino won easily the youngsters of Goias, with an unbelievable 6 goal score written on the stadium’s board. Dorival Junior had the bright idea to make three changes in 46′(4-0). They had an injury and a sent off in the second half, which resulted in a completely black scenario for “verdao.”

Palmeiras blamed Ricardo Gareca for all the mistakes, and now “verdao” is a laggard for sure, who pay for the very poor planning that the management had made since the beginning of the season.

Vitoria news:

They were taken aback by Bahia in 6′, but they equalized the score quickly, with a set-play (9′). In the 80 minutes that followed they were the best team, reaching a fair victory at “Classico” of El Salvador, in which they also had two shoots at the post. The winning goal was scored in 53 ‘.

Second consecutive win and third out of the last four games for Ney Franco’s team, which nevertheless remains in last place.

Brazil Serie A – Botafogo vs Goias 25/09/2014

Botafogo news:

Lucky at Santa Catarina, they preceded with a penalty in 37′, but got drawn in the same way from Criciuma in 68′. A goal of their opponents did not count wrongly when the score was 1-1, which maintained until the end and was unfair to Criciuma.

They got their first point after four consecutive games, with Vagner Mancini gaining time on the bench. However they maintain under the relegation zone and must subsequently generate positive results, in order to disengage early from the battle to avoid relegation.

Goias news:

They had a party with the unacceptable defense of Palmeiras, preceded 4-0 before half-time, while they added two more goals in the second half, giving large dimensions to their victory (6-0) and scoring with six different players.

After two consecutive defeats, Ricardo Drubscky’s team returned to victories in the best way, maintaining a safe distance from the last four teams.


German Bundesliga – Borussia Dortmund vs Stuttgart 24/09/2014

Borussia Dortmund news:

By conceding a goal in the first half, losing a penalty in 70′ to tie and ending with an own goal in the 74′, they completed a bad night at Mainz and finally lost 2-0.

It makes no sense to say that they were better than their opponent. These games hide such traps. Klopp’s team lacked freshness and pure mind. “We deserved to lose,” said the coach of the Westphalian. Tragic splurge was Immobile by losing a penalty, as well as Ginter with an own goal.

Generally these two newcomers have not yet stuck with the team. It remains to be seen if Dortmund is going to react with a good appearance, as they use to do after a negative result.

Stuttgart news:

The first victory did not come neither in the 5th official game. They had no substance in the game, only meaningless superiority. Guests had the way to score; they did so twice and won easily (2-0).

Armin Veh is supposed to return to put an order in Swabian but for now things have not changed at all. Four games without a win, which is missing for five months, only one goal in assets and not to forget the exclusion in the Cup at the beginning of the season.

Everything is going badly, in the worst start of Stuttgart in the last 15 years.

“I’d imagined things differently,” Veh admitted, but promised immediate improvement.

In order to regain this, the team must finally play more rationally in the attack, begin creating real chances and of course score.


German Bundesliga – Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg 24/09/2014

Bayer Leverkusen news:

The game at Wolfsburg went wrong from the beginning. Unfortunately, a penalty and a red card in the 8th minute were given against them who tied the score in 29′. They could not stand strongly in the game and lost 4-1.

The last ten days were the worst for the “aspirins”, which after the draw 3-3 to Werder Bremen, they defeated to Monaco in the Champions League and on Sunday they lost to “wolves” too. There is a mini crisis in the ‘aspirins’ club and they have to react calmly. Here we’ll see the skills of Roger Schmidt who must lift up the psychology of his players.

The match against Werder happens once in a time, they were unlucky at Monaco where they could not score and at Wolfsburg it was the bad luck too. If they look at it this way they’ll walk further, otherwise they will continue having bad psychology.

Augsburg news:

Although they were found themselves back in the score from the start of the game (3′) in the home game against Werder, although the latter replied in the overthrow by equalizing, Augsburg did not stuck and gained the victory 4-2.

Second consecutive win for Markus Weinzierl’s players who found their way just after the moment they were playing offensively.

The system works well having Molders at the top and Bobadilla at the wings, since most players enter the box and this way Augsburg becomes more threatening. Without having any pressure in the match against Leverkusen, Weinzierl appeared very optimistic.