Everton could lead the chase for Portsmouth’s want-away Croatian playmaker Niko Kranjcar. (Daily Star)
What chase? As the next transfer window only opens up again in July. This is no more than the press linking a player with a team that could use someone of Kranjcar talents. Despite that a move to Everton wouldn’t be the worst move Kranjcar could make.
Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri, whose side face his old club Chelsea in the Champions League, says he knows he would have been sacked as Blues manager even if he had won the European competition. (The Independent)
From far the biggest fan of Claudio Ranieri but he has always handled the downs in his career as classy as the high points in his coaching career.
Middlesbrough have watched videos of goals they scored earlier in the season in an effort to lift morale as they have gone 14 Premier League games without a win. (Daily Mirror)
That video must of lasted all of a minute or two.
Everton striker Victor Anichebe will be out for at least four weeks after being injured against Newcastle. (Daily Express)
Looking at replays of that tackle from Kevin Nolan, Anichehe is lucky he isn’t out for longer.
Tottenham defender Michael Dawson could be facing Carling Cup heartbreak for the second year running. He missed the 2008 final because of injury and looks likely to be left out for this year’s final. (Daily Express)
Maybe it’s a good omen as Tottenham did just fine without him in last years final against Chelsea.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho had a bottle of wine worth 300 Euros delivered to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s hotel room before Tuesday’s Champions League game. (Daily Mail)
Oh to be a fly on the wall if those two shared a conversation over a glass of wine.
Champions League Wednesday
I like the match ups going into tonight’s game. Hopefully I will feel the same at the end of 90 minutes.
Chelsea-Juventus over 2 -107
Real Madrid -0.5 +107 vs Liverpool
Villarreal -0.5 and -1 +104 vs Panathinaikos
Sporting Lisbon-Bayern Munich under 2 and 2.5 -107
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