saviour after driving them from the brink of relegation a few seasons ago to title contenders, was "unsackable" given his contribution but another loss on Saturday would unavoidably turn up the heat. Gone is the enthusiasm of making their first ever Champions League appearance where on Tuesday they lost 3-0 to Sevilla, conceding three penalties in 20 minutes in yet another disappointing performance. The departure of Germany internationals Max Kruse, who joined VfL Wolfsburg, and Christoph Kramer, who returned to Bayer Leverkusen after his loan deal, has left huge gaps on the pitch.
Former World No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo, a new mum, has sent out a cryptic tweet, saying she is not a candidate presumably for the French Davis Cup captain's post. Arnaud Clement is the current French Davis Cup captain but is expected to step down before the French's next Davis Cup tie in 2016 and the former hampion said she was not interested in replacing Clement.
hampions League club Borussia Moenchengladbach are with their backs to the wall as they prepare to face Cologne in the Rhine derby, with coach Lucien Favre under mounting pressure following their four-game losing start this season. Gladbach finished third last season following a sensational run after the winter break when they racked up more points than any other Bundesliga club. Their current campaign, however, has so far been a flop with Favre's team losing all four league matches to remain in last place. Days ago club bosses said Favre, hailed as the team's
W est Ham United hope to continue their recent giant-killing feats when they take on Manchester City at the weekend, but manager Slaven Bilic does not expect Manuel Pellegrini's side to suffer a dip in confidence after losing to Juventus midweek. The Hammers have arguably been the enigma of the early going so far, with disappointing home defeats by Bournemouth and Leicester City offset by impressive away wins over Liverpool and Arsenal.
Fernando Alonso says the chasing pack are "trying to find the miracles" required to catch Mercedes. Since the V6 turbo regulations were introduced at the start of 2014, Mercedes has dominated F1, taking 26 victories from the 31 races in that time. Honda returned to partner McLaren this year but has struggled for both performance and reliability, with the team currently having scored just 17 points.
Bilic faces a tough task if he is to add Pellegrini's scalp to his belt alongside those of Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers, but exuded quiet confidence in his tried and tested counter-attacking gameplan when he spoke to reporters ahead of Saturday's Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium. "Man City will feel they need a response after Juventus (in the Champions League), but that won't affect their confidence," the Croatian said.
SERIE A Clubs
1 Inter Milan 2 Chievo 3 Sampdoria 4 Torino 5 Roma 6 Sassuolo 7 Palermo 8 Fiorentina 9 Lazio 10 Atalanta 11 Genoa 12 AC Milan 13 Udinese 14 SSC Napoli 15 Verona 16 Juventus 17 Empoli 18 Carpi 19 Bologna 20 Frosinone
Pts 15 11 10 10 9 9 8 8 7 7 6 6 6 5 4 4 4 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
9 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0
P 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
No Clubs 1 Man City 2 Leicester City 3 Man United 4 Arsenal 5 West Ham 6 Crystal Palace 7 Everton 8 Swansea City 9 Norwich City 10 Liverpool 11 S’ampton 12 Tottenham 13 Watford 14 West Brom 15 Aston Villa 16 B’mouth 17 Chelsea 18 Stoke City 19 Sunderland 20 Newcastle
Pts 9 7 7 7 7 6 5 5 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 0
4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
12 12 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 1 1 1 0 0
P 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
BUNDESLIGA 1 Dortmund 2 Bayern 3 Wolfsburg 4 Frankfurt 5 Schalke 04 6 Bremen 7 Hertha Berlin 8 FC Cologne 9 Ingolstadt 10 Mainz 05 11 Darmstadt 12 Hamburg 13 Leverkusen 14 Augsburg 15 Hoffenheim 16 Hannover 17 VfB Stuttgart 18 Gladbach
No Clubs 1 Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 3 Celta Vigo 4 Villarreal 5 Eibar 6 Atl. Madrid 7 La Coruna 8 Valencia 9 Real Betis 10 Ath. Bilbao 11 Granada 12 Espanyol 13 Las Palmas 14 Levante 15 Malaga 15 Sociedad 15 Sporting 18 Sevilla 19 Vallecano 20 Getafe
Augsburg v Hannover 4:30pm
Dortmund v Leverkusen4:30pm
VillarrealvAth Bilbao 5:15pm
Wolfsburg v Hertha 2:30pm
Bremen v Ingolstadt 2:30pm
Stuttgart v Schalke2:30pm
Darmstadt v Bayern 2:30pm
EibarvAtl Madrid 7:30pm
Deportivo v Gijón 3pm
Hamburger v Frankfurt 2:30pm
Sevilla v Celta Vigo11:00
SATURDAY Cologne v M’gladbach 2:30pm
Swansea v Everton 3pm Man City v West Ham5:30pm SUNDAY Tottenham v Crystal Palace1:30p
Real v Granada 3pm
Carpi v Fiorentina 5pm
Torino v Sampdoria 2pm
Roma v Sassuolo 2pm
Genoa v Juventus 2pm
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has come to the rescue of his alma mater, William Knibb Memorial High, after donating $1.3 million, plus sporting equipment, to aid the school's ailing sports programme. Called upon for assistance after the institution's struggles to sustain its sporting programmes because of financial constraints, Bolt returned to his old school to personally deliver the items, after his triple-gold-medal performance at the Worlds.
lem and he finished the game and was able to train on Wednesday night. Filipe was also involved in the session despite not even travelling to Turkey for the game in Istanbul, and his return to fitness means Cholo has no injury problems with which to contend.
Bilic looks to give Pellegrini headache
ristiano Ronaldo can overtake Raul as Real Madrid's all-time top scorer when Granada visit the Bernabeu in La Liga on Saturday and the Portugal captain would have needed fewer than half as many matches to do it. Former Spain striker Raul, now with New York Cosmos, netted 323 goals in 741 appearances for the world's richest club, while Ronaldo's hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League victory at home to Shakhtar Donetsk took his tally to a jaw-dropping 321 in just 304 matches. The 30-year-old FIFA Ballon d'Or holder's treble at the Bernabeu came hot on the heels of his five-goal haul at Espanyol last weekend and Real have rattled in 15 goals without reply in their last three outings. "I know Cristiano Ronaldo's value and performance level," Real coach Rafa Benitez told a news conference after the Shakhtar game. "He is the best in the world and is showing that in games and every training session." Ronaldo hit five goals in a match for the first time when Real hammered Granada 9-1 at the Bernabeu last season and Granada midfielder Ruben Rochina is expecting another rough ride despite Benitez missing several regulars due to injury.
Raul's record in Ronaldo's sights
Coutinho. “It’s a nice feeling to go there and play in this type of game. I think we have to give it a go,” Bassong said. “I think we have to go there with no fear and hopefully get a good result.“Liverpool are a great club, they have changed, they’ve got some additions to their team this year, some good players but football depends on a lot of factors.''
Time runs out for Gladbach's Favre as Rhine derby looms
must be fearless in their approach to Sunday’s match at Liverpool. The experienced defender has continued his good performances under Alex Neil’s guidance following promotion, keeping Bournemouth’s dangerman Callum Wilson under control during City’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth last weekend. Now the 29-year-old hopes to continue that form against the talent Liverpool boss
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