Dunne reflects on SA tour

•July 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Despite his early exit from Saturday’s defeat to the Kaizer Chiefs, Richard Dunne thinks that his and City’s preparations for the new season are right on schedule.
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The Blues skipper left the fray in Pretoria after 36 minutes, by which time Javan Vidal had already been carried off with a gashed shin. The Blues’ win over the same opponents the previous Tuesday seemed to have fired up the Chiefs, and the Blues left South Africa knowing they had been in a real contest – just what Richard says the team needed.

“There were some strong challenges going in, it’s difficult to know how to play it at this stage of the season, whether to go full on or not. But it was a good work out for us, we got the fitness out of it that we needed and although we didn’t win we got that aspect out of it.
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Yakubu can’t wait to get back scoring for Everton.

•July 29, 2009 • 2 Comments

yak_preparing_for_new_startThe Toffees striker is getting ever nearer to a return and told evertonfc.com users that he wants to fire the Blues into another FA Cup final this year.

The Yak was taking part in a LIVE webchat, direct from the Blues’ training camp in Utah, USA.

“I have never scored below ten, so I want to score more; it would be nice to score as more than 20,” was his reply to a question about his targets for this season.
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Giggs’ glee at first hat-trick

•July 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Ryan Giggs couldn’t help grinning after grabbing three goals in the Reds’ closing Asia Tour match and no wonder… “I’ve never scored a hat-trick for United so it was a first.”
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The Welshman’s triple helped his team to beat Hangzhou Greentown 8-2 and thrilled the local fans who were excited just to see him come on as a substitute for the final thirty minutes.

“I think when the lads arrived here, both at the airport and the hotel, the support was just unbelievable,” reflected Ryan on MUTV.
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Ibrahimovic to take medical on Monday

•July 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

ibragolZlatan Ibrahimovic will arrive in Barcelona on Sunday evening to put the finishing touches on his transfer from Inter Milan.
The Swedish striker will have a series of medical tests on Monday morning, first at the Hospital de Barcelona and then at the Centre Mèdic d’Assistència Sanitària at FC Barcelona. If the medical is satisfactory and the deal is finalized on Monday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be publicly presented on Monday evening in the Sala París at the Stadium.

‘Ibra’ will then be presented for his first appearance before the fans at the Nou Camp once the new turf has been laid.

CHELSEA 2 AC MILAN 1

•July 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Chelsea defeat AcMilan 2-1The winning goal capped a promising start for Yuri Zhirkov, Milan having equalised a stunning early strike from Didier Drogba.

Once again a bumper crowd watched Chelsea in action in America, this time 71,203 East Coast fans inside the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. They witnessed Chelsea looking good again.

AC Milan did strike woodwork twice in addition to Clarence Seedorf’s goal but against his former team, Carlo Ancelotti’s new side were especially dominant in the first half. The second period was more even but again the Blues troubled the Italians as both sides made several changes and chances.
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Sir Alex expects plenty from Owen

•July 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Sir Alex Ferguson agrees with ManUtd.com readers – he believes Michael Owen will reach a double-figures goal tally in his maiden campaign with United.
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Speaking at a pre-match press conference in Hangzhou, China, the boss replied “I hope it’s plenty” when asked how many times his new striker would score in 2009/10.

“If you look at his goal-scoring record over the years, even the last two years at Newcastle in difficult times, he’s scored at one in two,” said Sir Alex.
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Pre-season starts with a draw (1-1)

•July 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Barça drew their first pre-season game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur in the Wembley Cup. Pep Guardiola gave several players a chance to shine and Bojan Krkic scored for the Catalan outfit during the first half of an entertaining encounter.

BARCELONA-TOTTENHAMKicking off the 2009/10 campaign, the Blaugrana produced a positive display in a game that saw them use 22 players as the team that began was completely replaced at half-time. No less than 15 of those players came from the club’s youth system, while Víctor Valdés, Rafa Márquez, Maxwell, Aliaksandr Hleb, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry watched from the sides as they were not in the squad.

Despite the number of youngsters, Barça showed some great touches and enjoyed their fair share of possession against a Tottenham side that were playing in their fourth first-team friendly of the summer.