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Today’s Paper Talk

Assistant manager Steve Bould maintains Arsenal can head to Manchester City full of confidence after opening their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 victory in Montpellier.

Gianfranco Zola insisted he will be given time at Watford, despite a third successive Championship defeat.

Roberto Di Matteo has cautioned against branding Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus a “one-man team” as Chelsea prepare to begin their “impossible” defence of the Champions League.

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has undertaken extra shooting practice in a bid to find the net more regularly.


Sir Alex Ferguson is banking on his Champions League defensive old guard to help restore United’s European credibility.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart struggled to hide his frustration after the 3-2 defeat at Real Madrid.

Police and stewards will be on alert at Old Trafford tonight following reports dozens of Galatasaray fans have obtained tickets for home sections of the ground.


Brendan Rodgers will leave a host of senior stars behind when Liverpool travel to Switzerland for their Europa League Group A clash with Young Boys. The number of youngsters travelling with the first-team squad means the Reds must field a severely depleted team for the opening game in the NextGen Series against Inter Milan.


Steve Harper has urged Newcastle’s fringe players to follow Demba Ba’s lead and fight their corner on the field, even if the striker’s agents insist on talking for him off it.

Titus Bramble wants to play his way to a new Sunderland contract this season.


West Brom full-back Steven Reid is set to return for Saturday’s game against Reading.

Birmingham’s Paul Caddis could be out of action for at least a month after dislocating his shoulder.

Birmingham’s Peter Lovenkrands has revealed his heartbreak over his father’s battle with Alzheimer’s in a bid to raise awareness of the condition.

Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton is relishing a return to action after revealing how he trained on his broken foot for a week before realising the extent of his injury.

Darren Bent believes Aston Villa right-back Matthew Lowton has the makings of a future England international.


Wolves boss Stale Solbakken has told his side to find a cure for their travel sickness.

Captain Karl Henry vowed Wolves won’t be rolled over by Ipswich after being bullied in their first two away games.

Striker Shane Long will not celebrate if he scores for West Brom against former club Reading on Saturday.

Ron Vlaar has spoken of his pride at being handed the Aston Villa captain’s armband.


Steve Kean hit back at claims by Barnsley boss Keith Hill that Blackburn have an unfair financial advantage – after £8m man Jordan Rhodes scored in a 2-1 home win.



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