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Didier Drogba hoping to lead Chelsea line at Old Trafford

Didier Drogba admits he is still getting up to speed in a second spell at Chelsea, but has declared himself 'ready' to face Manchester United on Sunday. The Ivorian striker returned to Stamford Bridge over the summer as a free agent, two years after bringing a previous eight-year stint to a close. Now 36 years of age, Drogba is no longer the leading man he was when Jose Mourinho first brought him ...
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Late goals give Arsenal 2-1 victory at Anderlecht

Arsenal scored twice in the final two minutes to come from behind and secure a 2-1 Champions League win at Anderlecht. A second-half Andy Najar header (71) looked certain to hand the visitors an embarrassing defeat and give the well-organised Belgians victory and second place in Group D. But Kieran Gibbs got forward from left-back to volley an equaliser (89) and substitute Lukas Podolski slammed ...
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No need to panic despite Leicester's dip in results

Nigel Pearson believes Leicester's recent dip is down to football's increasingly fine margins rather than a slump in form. Last month's back-to-back wins over Stoke and Manchester United have been followed by a run of one point from three games, leaving Leicester two points above the bottom three. And Pearson's view remains the same as it was when his team put five past United in mid-September. He ...
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Real Madrid ease past Liverpool with 3-0 win at Anfield

Real Madrid produced a first-half masterclass as they overpowered Liverpool 3-0 in their Champions League Group B clash at Anfield. Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 70th Champions League goal with a stunning finish to set Real on their way midway through the first half. Karim Benzema added a second on 30 minutes with a brilliant looping header and he put the game beyond Liverpool before half-time with ...
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Bastia file a civil case against Nantes goalkeeper Remy Riou

Bastia have filed a civil case against Nantes goalkeeper Remy Riou in which they claim he made harmful and false claims that he was struck by stones thrown by supporters. The teams played a Ligue 1 match at Bastia's Stade Armand-Cesari on September 24, after which 27-year-old Riou claimed he was hit by stones, a claim the Corsicans contest. Bastia said in a statement on their official website: "SCB ...
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Everton see European benefits for Ross Barkley

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Europa League competition will aid Ross Barkley's development. The England international is poised to make his first continental appearance against Lille on Thursday. The 20-year-old midfielder will be looking to provide a creative spark for Everton on French soil, with expectation levels for club and country rising around the talented youngster. Player ...
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Naismith allowed time to grieve

Accrington have granted striker Kal Naismith a leave of absence following the sudden death of his girlfriend. Naismith's 22-year-old girlfriend Ashley Dickson died in Scotland last week and the Stanley striker has returned north of the border to be with friends and family. Accrington manager John Coleman has told Naismith, who has missed the club's last two games, to take as much time off as he ...
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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes current side is best yet

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes his current side is the best he has had in his three years at Upton Park. West Ham entertain champions Manchester City this weekend - and Allardyce says they have a real chance of upsetting the odds. Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have both been in fine form - the former scoring six goals in seven appearances - as West Ham sit in fourth place after ...
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Roman Weidenfeller yet to discuss Borussia Dortmund deal

Roman Weidenfeller is yet to open contract extension talks at Borussia Dortmund but remains fully committed to the club. The vastly-experienced goalkeeper has been with Dortmund since 2002, making well over 300 senior appearances..   He has helped them to two Bundesliga titles in that time and the final of the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League.   The 34-year-old's current deal is due to ...
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Mellon hails Akpa Akpro

Micky Mellon hailed Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro following the forward's fine hat-trick as Shrewsbury turned on the style to beat Bury 5-0. The Frenchman had only previously scored once this season, a penalty against Accrington in August, but Bury had no answer as he completed his treble early in the second half of a one-sided clash. Akpa Akpro had a loan spell at Bury last season in which he failed to ...
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