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Oct 1, 2014

Manchester City remain unable to solve Champions League puzzle

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City are no longer Champions League novices but at the start of their fourth consecutive campaign they still give the appearance of being uncomfortable, impoverished guests at a rich man’s party.

Despite enjoying the full financial support of mega-rich Abu Dhabi owners, City’s expensively assembled squad again appear to have no love, passion or understanding of what it takes to succeed in Europe’s elite competition.

Oct 1, 2014

Soccer-City remain unable to solve Champions League puzzle

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Manchester City are no longer Champions League novices but at the start of their fourth consecutive campaign they still give the appearance of being uncomfortable, impoverished guests at a rich man’s party.

Despite enjoying the full financial support of mega-rich Abu Dhabi owners, City’s expensively assembled squad again appear to have no love, passion or understanding of what it takes to succeed in Europe’s elite competition.

Sep 29, 2014

Preview: Pellegrini back to mastermind City win over AS Roma

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be back in the dugout after returning from suspension when City attempt to kick-start their Champions League campaign against a rampant, in-form AS Roma at the Etihad on Tuesday.

The 61-year-old Chilean had to watch from the stands as City opened their Group E campaign with a 1-0 defeat at Bayern Munich two weeks ago and will be hoping that City can win their opening home match for the first time after failing to do so in their three previous campaigns.

Sep 29, 2014

Pellegrini back to mastermind City win over AS Roma

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be back in the dugout after returning from suspension when City attempt to kick-start their Champions League campaign against a rampant, in-form AS Roma at the Etihad on Tuesday.

The 61-year-old Chilean had to watch from the stands as City opened their Group E campaign with a 1-0 defeat at Bayern Munich two weeks ago and will be hoping that City can win their opening home match for the first time after failing to do so in their three previous campaigns.

Sep 27, 2014

Pochettino happier than Wenger after derby draw

LONDON (Reuters) – Mauricio Pochettino said this week he would like to stay at Tottenham Hotspur for as long as Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal and performances like the one Spurs produced in the 1-1 draw at the Emirates on Saturday can only help his cause.

Tottenham, who so often come to the Emirates and leave with their cockerel feathers in tatters, showed true battling spirit and made the short journey home with a well-deserved point from a typically entertaining north London derby.

Sep 27, 2014

Soccer-Pochettino happier than Wenger after derby draw

LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Mauricio Pochettino said this week he would like to stay at Tottenham Hotspur for as long as Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal and performances like the one Spurs produced in the 1-1 draw at the Emirates on Saturday can only help his cause.

Tottenham, who so often come to the Emirates and leave with their cockerel feathers in tatters, showed true battling spirit and made the short journey home with a well-deserved point from a typically entertaining north London derby.

Sep 27, 2014

Arsenal injury concerns ahead of big week

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal face an injury crisis as they approach two crucial fixtures over the next week following the loss of three more players in the 1-1 Premier League draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

With his team due to meet Galatasaray and Chelsea, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has fresh concerns over Mikel Arteta (calf) and Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), who both went off before halftime in the north London derby. Jack Wilshere suffered another ankle injury in the second half.

Sep 27, 2014

Soccer-Arsenal injury concerns ahead of big week

LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Arsenal face an injury crisis as they approach two crucial fixtures over the next week following the loss of three more players in the 1-1 Premier League draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

With his team due to meet Galatasaray and Chelsea, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has fresh concerns over Mikel Arteta (calf) and Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), who both went off before halftime in the north London derby. Jack Wilshere suffered another ankle injury in the second half.

Sep 25, 2014

Buoyant West Ham seek to extend Man United gloom

LONDON (Reuters) – In-form West Ham United are just about the last team Manchester United would want to face on Saturday as Louis van Gaal’s side seek an immediate response to their Premier League collapse at Leicester City.

West Ham, who have lost on their last six league visits to Old Trafford, thumped Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday the day before United twice lost two-goal leads and slumped to a 5-3 defeat at Leicester which left them 12th with one win from five matches.

Sep 25, 2014

Soccer-Buoyant West Ham seek to extend Man United gloom

LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – In-form West Ham United are just about the last team Manchester United would want to face on Saturday as Louis van Gaal’s side seek an immediate response to their Premier League collapse at Leicester City.

West Ham, who have lost on their last six league visits to Old Trafford, thumped Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday the day before United twice lost two-goal leads and slumped to a 5-3 defeat at Leicester which left them 12th with one win from five matches.