Villas-Boas dismisses Barca speculation

Villas-Boas dismisses Barca speculation

The Portuguese only took over at the Russian Premier League side in March after parting company with Tottenham in December last year.

Villas-Boas has made a strong start to life with Zenit, who lead the Russian top flight by a point from Lokomotiv Moscow with four games remaining.

Zenit's performances under Villas-Boas have led to speculation that he could leave the Saint Petersburg club. 

And Barcelona has been touted as a potential destination for the ... » Read more


Sunderland trip our cup final, says Solskjaer

Sunderland trip our cup final, says Solskjaer

Cardiff sit 18th in the Premier League table and know their trip to the bottom-placed Sunderland could be vital in their survival aims.

The Welsh club are just two points adrift of safety but still have to face title-chasing Chelsea before the season ends.

And Solskjaer is aware that Sunday's fixture at the Stadium of Light could determine Cardiff's fate, with just three matches to play.

"This is a proper cup final and will probably determine it ... » Read more


Mills: City blame must be shared

Mills: City blame must be shared

Pellegrini has come in for criticism after City's Premier League title prospects were hit by a 3-2 loss at leaders Liverpool and a 2-2 home draw against Sunderland.

Those results leave City nine points behind Liverpool and although they do have two games in hand, they must now rely on other results going their way.

With another Premier League title looking unlikely, Mills said that Pellegrini should not take all the flak.

"It's very, very difficult ... » Read more


Gray: Lambert is running out of time

Gray: Lambert is running out of time

Villa ended a run of four straight Premier League losses with a 0-0 home draw against Southampton on Saturday, but still sit just five points above the relegation zone.

Lambert also saw his team struggle last term and Gray - who enjoyed two spells as a player at Villa in the 1970s and 80s - feels they have not progressed under the Scot's stewardship.

Gray told talkSPORT on Monday: "I'm worried about Villa. I'm worried about their short-term ... » Read more


Carroll still seeking full fitness - Allardyce

Carroll still seeking full fitness - Allardyce

Carroll did not appear until January this season and has scored just twice since returning, form that has reduced his chances of being involved in England's FIFA World Cup squad.

But Allardyce thinks it is unfair to properly judge Carroll on his recent performances, insisting that the 25-year-old is not at his best yet.

Allardyce said: "He's not 100 per cent. He's had no pre-season at all, he's worked very hard, but getting into games at this stage of ... » Read more


Sherwood 'fearful' of losing Eriksen

Sherwood 'fearful' of losing Eriksen

Eriksen has enjoyed an excellent first season at White Hart Lane, scoring 10 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.

The 22-year-old Denmark international has scored four goals in his last five appearances, in addition to several assists, and his form has caused some worries for long-term admirer Sherwood.

"You are always fearful that someone might come and take one of your best players and Christian is certainly one," Sherwood said.

"I ... » Read more


We were our own worst enemy - Rooney

We were our own worst enemy - Rooney

The soon-to-be-deposed Premier League champions were poor at Goodison Park, as first-half goals from Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas saw Everton make it eight wins from their last nine matches.

United's lack of response after the break would have been particularly concerning for under-fire manager David Moyes, who returned to former club Everton without success.

And ex-Everton man Rooney - deputising for skipper Nemanja Vidic - felt poor mistakes in defence were ... » Read more


Injured duo a concern for Bruce

Injured duo a concern for Bruce

Long started in their 3-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday but was substituted at half-time and replaced by Matty Fryatt, having wasted a handful of opportunities in the opening half.

Aluko was not involved in the matchday squad, having expressed his dissatisfaction at being benched in recent weeks, and Bruce is beginning to grow concerned at the forward's mounting injury problems.

“He's (Long) got a calf injury, we'll see how he is, he'll be touch and go ... » Read more


Rodgers enjoying Liverpool freedom

Rodgers enjoying Liverpool freedom

Sunday's 3-2 win at Norwich City saw Rodgers' men move a step closer to a first top-flight title since 1990 and Liverpool's blistering form over recent weeks has been based on an attractive, expansive brand of football.

And the former Swansea City boss says that sense of freedom has been the key to his team's success this season.

"We say to the players every day: be at your best," he said.

"In the changing room before they go out, ... » Read more


City haunted by Liverpool defeat - Pellegrini

City haunted by Liverpool defeat - Pellegrini

City suffered a 3-2 loss at Anfield at the weekend as leaders Liverpool stole a march in the race for the Premier League title and Pellegrini's men had to rely on a late Samir Nasri equaliser to earn a point at home to basement club Sunderland on Wednesday.

Fernandinho put the hosts ahead in the second minute before Connor Wickham scored two goals in 10 second-half minutes to turn the match on its head. Nasri's strike at least closed the gap between City and Liverpool to ... » Read more