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A sense of deja-vu for Man City

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SOCCER-ENGLANDA sense of deja-vu is sweeping Eastlands after Manchester City’s lame surrender against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday re-opened the cracks in the club’s glittering facade.

Manager Roberto Mancini has unrivalled spending power in English football but, just like Mark Hughes who he replaced nearly a year ago, is realising that there is one vital ingredient money cannot buy — team harmony.

City are still in the top four and handily-placed to mount a campaign to qualify for next season’s Champions League after last season’s near miss, but their title credentials have taken a battering in recent weeks and they are already eight points behind leaders Chelsea.

First there was a highly-flattering 3-2 victory after being out-played at Blackpool, then a 3-0 home defeat by Arsenal after being reduced to 10 men early on.

Inter 4-3 Spurs. The loopiest game I’ve ever seen

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SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/I’ve seen quite a lot of soccer in my time but never have I attended a match as crazy as Inter Milan v Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday.

For those who missed it, here’s a very quick rundown of the main incidents.

Breaking news: Rooney wants to leave Manchester United, Ferguson shocked

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SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/England striker Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United, manager Alex Ferguson said on Wednesday.

“We are as bemused as anyone can be, we can’t quite understand why he would want to leave,” Ferguson told a news conference.

Champions League podcast, episode 3

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This week the podcast panel discuss the clash of European aristocracy at the Bernabeu, where nine-times winners Real Madrid host seven-tiems champions AC Milan, plus the Wayne Rooney saga and the plight of Liverpool.

Kevin Fylan is joined by Owen Wyatt, Mark Meadows, Jon Bramley and Toby Davis

Champions League podcast – 2

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Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Karim Benzema and Juan Mata are among the strikers up for discussion in the latest edition of our Reuters Sports Champions League podcast. Kevin Fylan is joined by Ed Osmond, Owen Wyatt, Paul Radford and Mark Meadows.

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What if Juventus or Liverpool never return to their best?

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SOCCER-ITALY/Form is temporary, class is permanent. The phrase is often used for top players experiencing a difficult spell, but does it refer to clubs as well?

Looking back at the European game, it appears the biggest clubs tend to stay at the pinnacle of the sport give or take a few dips.

Champions League live blog

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Real Madrid v Ajax Amsterdam is the highlight of Wednesday night’s Champions League action, with Arsenal, Chelsea and AC Milan among the other big teams in action. Join us here for updates.

Reuters Champions League podcast

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Join us for a look at the first round of matches in the 2010-11 Champions League. Paul Radford, Neil Maidment, Owen Wyatt and Mark Meadows chew the fat with host Kevin Fylan.

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Milan again drawn in Real’s group for Champions League

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New Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will get a quick return to the San Siro but instead of facing former club and champions Inter Milan, it’s another double header with AC Milan forĀ the Spaniards like last year.

Chelsea’s Didier Drogba can look forward to a trip to old haunt Marseille and Arsenal will have a speedy reunion with ex-striker Eduardo who now plays for Shakhtar Donetsk.

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