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New low for Moyes as Olympiakos stun Manchester United

Manchester United's season took yet another abysmal turn as they were outplayed by modest Olympiakos and are now all but out of the Champions League. With their draw supposedly easier, the Red devils were expected to take a big step towards qualification to the next round but they were outplayed by a disciplined Olympiakos side whose work-rate and creativity seemed to stem United's play. Alejandro Dominguez and Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell were on the scoresheet as the Greeks heaped further misery on David Moyes with a 2-0 victory in the first leg.

The adventurous Olympiakos manager Michel set his side up in a clever formation. The Spaniard went for a midfield pairing of Maniatis and N'Dinga. The wide positions were occupied by the pacey likes of Campbell and Perez. The latter especially, with his ability to cut in from the left hand side, posed a potent threat for Manchester United's back four. The back four of Olympiakos looked very solid and at right full back was Salino, who is known for his marauding runs down the right. Javier Saviola, the experienced Argentine striker did not feature even on the bench as he was carrying a knock.


'No friends' promises Mourinho for Drogba reunion

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has spoken about the prospect of facing up against the monster that he created in Didier Drogba in the Champions League this week. Speaking ahead of his team’s Round of 16 tie against Turkish champions Galatasaray, Mourinho commented that he would not deal with the threat of the Ivory Coast hitman in any special way.

Mourinho said, "I've played against (Drogba) already. It's a strange feeling, but we know him well and that means there will be no friends during the game. We have respect for a real legend of this club before the game and after the game, but we have a job to do. It's in his nature to win and to score, but we have to stop him. They are a very experienced team who has Champions League winners. The crowd is very difficult -- there will be 60,000 fans and the atmosphere is really strong, so we have a big test. I think this is a tie that will go to the end."


Arsenal 0 - 2 Bayern Munich : Player Ratings

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Arsenal are all but out of Europe after crashing to a two goal home defeat to reigning European Champions Bayern Munich in the first leg of the round of 16. Both sides missed opportunities to take the lead from the spot after Ozil and Alaba missed penalties but Bayern's man advantage showed eventually as Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller put the Bavarians in control of the tie with some well taken goals.


Wojciech Szczesny (3/10): The Polish goalkeeper was good till his moment of madness cost him. The red card might have been harsh but catching someone in the shin is always asking for trouble

Bacary Sagna (6/10): Drew on all his experience to keep the threat from the Bayern left wing minimal.


Muller and Kroos on the mark as Bayern outgun 10 men Arsenal

Arsenal's season is in tatters after the Gunners have been left looking European elimination in the eye following a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich. Toni Kroos scored a beauty after Wojciech Szczesny got sent off and Thomas Muller doubled Bayern's lead late on in the second half to put the tie to bed. The game also featured two missed penalties as Mesut Ozil and David Alaba missed from the spot for Arsenal and Bayern respectively.

Arsene Wenger sprang the biggest surprise of the night when he went in with Yaya Sanogo as the lone starting striker up front. The rookie striker has barely featured for Arsenal this season but started his second game within a week and it certainly raised more questions than answers. With his private life in turmoil, first choice striker Olivier Giroud was perhaps deemed to not be in a fit state of mind to start the game. There were five changes to the side that overcame Liverpool in the cup. The first choice full backs Sagna and Gibbs returned for Jenkinson and Monreal respectively. In midfield, Arteta's suspension meant Wilshere started alongside Flamini. Lukas Podolski was benched in favour of Santi Cazorla as Arsenal chose Cazorla's deft touches over Podolski's directness.


Gunners ace declares his target against Bayern

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has encouraged his team to at least strive for a clean sheet in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 encounter against Bayern Munich, which would still keep them very much in the hunt for a qualification to the quarters.

The Englishman was quoted in ESPN, saying: "We have spoken about the importance of staying in the game and if it’s 0-0 at home, we will still have a big chance to qualify. The away goal is massive in this competition when it comes to these big games and we saw that last year, when we went out on away goals. This year we have to be a bit more intelligent and stay in the game."


Barcelona cruise past 10-man Manchester City

Spanish giants Barcelona put themselves in pole position qualify for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League with a professional 2-0 win over English powerhouses Manchester City at the Etihad on Tuesday. A 54th minute penalty from Lionel Messi and a 90th minute goal from right-back Dani Alves sealed a good win for the Catalans, who are now favourites to kill off the tie early in the second leg at the Camp Nou next month.

Barcelona started the game on the front foot and dominated proceedings for the first 15 minutes, playing their attractive pass and move football deep in the City half before the hosts began to get into the game. The first half ended on a pretty even keel though with City able to soak the pressure from Barcelona and muster a couple of good counter attacks of their own.


Mourinho continues global warfare: disses Barcelona, puts pressure on Man City

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may have ramped up the pressure on his title rivals Manchester City ahead of their big Champions League clash against Barcelona at the Etihad on Tuesday, according to The Daily Mail.

The 51-year old Portuguese called the current Barcelona side the ‘worst for many years’ and while his comments could be a snide remarks on a possible decline in the quality of the Catalan giants, Mourinho also seems to have increased the expectation levels on Manchester City, who are in the round of 16 stage of the Champions League for the first team in their history.


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