Kitchee SC V Kingfisher East Bengal Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong 12th May 2015, 18:00IST ***** The Final game of the group stage sees Indian footballing giants Kingfisher East Bengal FC travel to Hong Kong to face Kitchee SC.Kingfisher East Bengal have managed just four points from their five fixtures and have no chance of qualifying for the Knockout stages of the AFC Cup. Meanwhile Kitchee SC have acumulated ten points and a win for them could take them at the top of the group if Johor Darul Tazim loose against Belestier Khalsa FC. Both teams had to share points in the reverse fixture, played at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan ,Kolkata. Team News and Tactical Brief: Kitchee SC Wang Zhenpeng will take his place in between the sticks as usual with Spanish Defender Fernando Recio partnering South Korean Kim Tae-Min in Central defence.Lo Kwan Yee will take up his position at right wingback with Cheung Kin Fung occupying the Left […]

Special One wants to keep the vastly experienced keeper as back-up for Thibaut Courtois and if he can’t do that he’d prefer him to move abroad. Jose Mourinho has made an impassioned plea for Roman Abramovich not to sell Any of his title-winning squad. Chelsea boss Mourinho insists he even wants the club to hang onto goalkeeper Petr Cech against the player’s will and is adamant the Stamford Bridge stalwart must not head to a Premier League rival, with Arsenal known to be keen on him. Since the Special One’s return to the club in 2013, Chelsea have cashed in on front-line players Juan Mata, David Luiz and Andre Schurrle so they could comply with Financial Fair Play rules. But he now claims the time for such selling must stop and that the Blues must strengthen this close-season in order to retain their newly-won Premier League crown. Mourinho has previously indicated he would make an exception for 32-year-old Cech, and […]

Daniel Sturridge faces a Six month lay-off following complex surgery intended to cure a chronic hip problem. Liverpool FC still believe that is the best possible outcome for the striker, because it means they have finally got to the bottom of his endless injury problems. England star Sturridge went under the knife in New York on Tuesday. A procedure that lasted four hours saw one of the top specialists in the United States undertake exploratory and remedial work in the hip joint. The operation was so intrusive that the 25-year-old now requires a minimum of four months rest and recuperation before he can even consider returning to training and with a period of around six weeks required to complete the usual ‘pre-season’ fitness programme to allow him to return to first team action, the forward is facing the best part of Six months before he can kick a ball in anger again. That would mean Liverpool are without their number […]

All Spanish football competitions will be suspended later this month in a strike that could ‘indefinitely’ affect La Liga and the Copa del Rey in the final weeks of the 2014-15 season. The strike, set to begin with penultimate round of La Liga games next weekened, originates from a disagreement over television rights with the Spanish football federation unhappy with the government over a revenue distribution dispute. As it stands there are just three games left to play in the Spanish top tier, with Barcelona leading Real Madrid by two points at the summit, while Barca are also set to face Athletic Bilbao in the cup final on May 30. All matches from the May 16 start date of the strike will be suspended including the showpiece Copa Del Rey final at the Nou Camp at the end of the month. This weekend’s fixtures, including Barcelona vs Real Sociedad and Real Madrid vs Valencia will not be affected. The vital […]

Di Maria has struggled at Old Trafford this season while Bale is lacking in confidence at the Bernabeu and was dissapointing against Juventus on Tuesday night. Di Maria has struggled to adapt in England since his record breaking A?59.7m switch to Old Trafford and the Argentinian hasn’t started a game for Louis van Gaal’s side in almost two months. Meanwhile Bale, who starred for Madrid last season, has come under fire at the Bernabeu in recent months and was hooked by Carlo Ancelotti during Los Blancos 2-1 defeat at Juventus on Tuesday night and former Liverpool and Bayern Munich Midfielder Dietmar Hamann reckons Manchester United could offer Angel Di Maria to Real Madrid as part of a bid to bring Gareth Bale back to the Premier League. Hamann believes Gareth Bale is struggling at the Bernabeu in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo and says he would love to see the Welshman back in the Premier League. a I wouldna t […]

Roberto Mancini considers the Liverpool man a cut-price alternative to Aleksandar Dragovic as the Slovakian’s contract ticks into its final year. Roberto Mancini is considering Martin Skrtel as a possible addition to his defence this summer, to pair up with former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic. The Anfield club without any reason waited until last week to offer the Slovakian an extension, but with the defender entering the final 12 months of his contract the Reds no longer hold all the aces. Inter Milan boss Mancini is willing to take advantage of the stand-off, claim Gazzetta dello Sport, after being priced out of a move for Dynamo Kiev’s Aleksandar Dragovic. Mancini has been looking to reinforce his defence and is looking at Skrtel as a possible partner for Nemanja Vidic, Mancini expects Skrtel to fit in perfectly alongside the former Manchester United man. Skrtel, 30, is one of the longest-serving players at Liverpool having joined the club from Russian side […]

Jose Mourinho has admitted it will be impossible to match Sir Alex Ferguson’s Premier League title haul. The Chelsea manager clinched his eighth title across four countries on Sunday, believes the legendary Manchester United boss will remain out in front with his 13 Premier League titles. Mourinho needs five more championships to reach 13, after two wins with Porto in Portugal, two with Internazionale in Italy and one with Real Madrid in Spain, plus his three with Chelsea. The self-proclaimed Special One led Chelsea to his third Premier League title with Sundaya s 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace. Mourinho said: “I have a long way to go but Sir Alex left the bar in an impossible position for anyone.” Sir Alex was 51 when he led United to his first title with them in the 1992-93 season. Mourinho is 52 and has just won his third Premier League crown. Sir Alex managed Manchester United for 26 seasons, in the English […]

Jose Mourinho has made it clear Chelsea will look to wrap up the league as soon as possible. The Blues Boss was focussing on the task in hand ahead of a potentially decisive London derby with Crystal Palace on Sunday. “We need three points to be champions – to make sure we dona t depend on goal difference. Ita s easy.”-said Mourinho. “Obviously we want to finish it as soon as possible; if we can do it at home, better, and if we can do it on Sunday, even better. Thata s what we have in our mind.” “Ita s similar to Arsenal, similar to Leicester – we go to win but in this moment any point we get is a positive point. We are calm.” The Manager was also asked about the fitness of star striker Diego Costa and Mourinho stated it wasn’t worth the risk to play the Spaniard. a Diego is out,a said Mourinho “He hasna t […]

Steven Gerrard has been given the green light by boss Brendan Rodgers to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon. The manager confirmed in his pre-match press conferrence that Club captain Steven Gerrard was available for the visit of Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. “The Saturday-Tuesday game was always going to be difficult, but certainly having had a good week’s preparation, he’ll be fit and flying for the weekend,” said the boss. “He’s just approaching every game and giving his maximum; his concentration has never waned, he has been really focused on helping the team. It will be exactly the same tomorrow.” The Manager also confirmed the availibility of Brazilian midfielder Lucas, though neither Mario Balotelli nor Mamadou Sakho can be called upon. Rodgers was asked about Striker Daniel Sturridge’s plan to receive treatment in the United States, the manager said: “We have found some underlying issues that maybe relate to Dan’s issues and problems that he’s had this season, […]