David Beckham's dreams of playing in a fourth World Cup look to be in tatters after the England midfielder ruptured his Achilles tendon in AC Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo on Sunday.
Italian soccer club AC Milan played the famous music from the Champions League in their dressing room on Sunday to try to motivate the players. The only thing was they weren’t playing in the Champions League — it was a domestic match at home to Bologna.
The Champions League is back and our reporters are currently wringing out their wet things (Mitch Phillips at Chelsea)/basking in the evening sunshine by the River Manzanares (Iain Rogers at Atletico) and undergoing all climactic variations in between.
As impressive as two Champions League triumphs are, Chelsea's appointment of former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti will not leave their Premier League title rivals quaking in their boots.
So often in the past we have seen transfer deals go through simply because the player asks to leave. Clubs fear the players won't play to their full potential if their wish is denied so they cave in and take the transfer fee.