Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mourinho & Mancini back Man City for Champions League



Real Madrid v Manchester City, Champions League Group D
  • Venue: Bernabeu
  • Date: Tuesday, 18 September
  • Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, text commentary on BBC Sport website
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho believes Manchester City will win the Champions League "sooner or later".
And speaking before Tuesday's meeting in Madrid, City boss Roberto Mancini agreed that they will win the trophy at some point in the future.
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“If you drive a Ferrari you can win, if you drive a Fiat Cinquecento, probably not”
Roberto Mancini Manchester City boss
Mourinho said: "With the direction the club is going, sooner or later they will win the big cup."
Mancini added: "I am sure we will arrive to win this trophy in the future."
Former Chelsea manager Mourinho compared the investment made at City to that at Stamford Bridge under owner Roman Abramovich. 


Mourinho delivered two Premier League titles at Chelsea but was unable to add the Champions League - which he has won with Porto and Inter Milan - to the club's trophy cabinet.
Chelsea eventually won the trophy last season under Roberto Di Matteo and Mourinho is confident that City too will conquer Europe.
He said: "I don't think it is very different to Chelsea.
"Since Roman bought the club, (Claudio) Ranieri was the first coach, then I came and we won the first league, some cups and some more titles.
"Carlo (Ancelotti) then came and they continued to win and finally they won the Champions League.
"With City it started off with Mark Hughes, they started spending money and buying good players.
"Then Roberto (Mancini) came and he has done a very good job. He has created a great squad, the first cup then the first title arrived.
"I don't know if it is this season or next season - with Roberto Mancini or with another person. It will happen sooner or later."
Mancini has set no targets for this year's campaign but admitted that City should be concentrating on winning in Europe in the future.
He said: "If you drive a Ferrari you can win, if you drive a Fiat Cinquecento, probably not.
"In the past we have been working for this. I think we beat good teams but we have played together for two years and we needed time.
"I am sure we will arrive to win this trophy in the future. I do not know when, but I am sure because we are working for this.
"If we want to improve every year it is possible." 


Mourinho questioned his side's spirit after they fell eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona at the weekend but he says he will not make wholesale changes for the visit of Mancini's men.
He said: "The line-up will not be very different, it will be the best that I consider to play, full of players of the highest level.
"Football is about today and tomorrow, not yesterday. Yesterday is history.
"I haven't been able to keep my players motivated and concentrated at the top level and that is my fault.
"To play against City motivates me as much as playing against Getafe. To win the Champions League motivates me like any other match."

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Liverpool Faces Manchester United in Premier League



Manchester United Football Club (MUFC) is an English professional football club which was created in 1878. In 1902, the club changes their name to Manchester United. In 1956-57, the club became the first English club to enter European competition. In 1968, Manchester United wins the European Cup.
Manchester United has won the 53 domestic trophies. Manchester United Football club also winning the seven successful international titles. Manchester United is the most popular football club in the world. Manchester has 333 million fans.


Ottenham Hotspur signed the club for £30.75 million in September 2008. This beat the previous record of £29.1 million. The signing of Wayne Rooney for £25.6 million in 2004 set a world record for the transfer of a teenager. The club's record sale came in July 2009, when they sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid for £80 million.

Liverpool Football Club is an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, playing in the Premier League. Liverpool has won eighteen League titles, second most in English football, seven FA Cups and a record eight League Cups. Liverpool has won more European titles than any other English club, having won five European Cups (most recently in 2005), three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups.


Liverpool is one of the best supported clubs in the world, with one of the highest average home attendances in Europe. The club's worldwide fan base includes more than 200 officially recognized branches of the Association of International Branches (AIB) in at least 30 countries.
In April 2010 business magazine Forbes ranked Liverpool as the sixth most valuable football team in the world, behind Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayern Munich; they valued the club at $822m (£532m), excluding debt.


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                                           Event Detail
Date: Sunday September 23, 2012 (13:30)
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, United Kingdom