International News - Issue 185




Manuel Pellegrini appeared to be unaware that Manchester City needed only one more goal against Bayern Munich to top their UEFA Champions League group. City were 2-0 down at the Allianz Arena inside the opening 12 minutes, but drew level through goals from David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov before James Milner put the Premier League side ahead on 62 minutes. - Full Story via SkySports

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he is not planning to adopt more defensive tactics, despite conceding six goals in their last two matches. However, Mourinho joked that his side's problems defending corners were so bad that a training ground dummy might be able to find the net against them. - Full Story via SkySports

Arsene Wenger has insisted there is no danger of Arsenal becoming complacent against Napoli as they look to tie up UEFA Champions League qualification. The Gunners have travelled to Italy for Wednesday's match with a three-point lead at the top of Group F, knowing a draw would be good enough to secure first place. - Full Story via SkySports

David Moyes was happy to see Manchester United progress in the UEFA Champions League as group winners after a narrow 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk. Having suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premier League at Old Trafford, United enjoyed a welcome return to winning ways on home soil in European competition. - Full Story via SkySports

Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain admits that a move to Arsenal was never that close this summer. The Gunners were in talks with Real Madrid, and the player's father and agent held talks with the English outfit. But Higuain says he never met with Arsenal and that he never had any doubts about joining Napoli. - Full Story via SkySports

On-loan Hull City striker Danny Graham admits he does not know if his future lies at the KC Stadium or not. Graham is currently on a season-long loan from Sunderland, and he scored his first goal for the Tigers in Monday's 1-1 draw at his previous employers Swansea City. - Full Story via SkySports

Internacional chief Giovanni Luigi has denied that they are in talks to sell striker Leandro Damiao. The Brazilian has long been linked with a move to Europe and was a long-term target for Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. Damiao is now said to be a target for Internacional's domestic rivals Santos, but Luigi insists that nobody has contacted him about the 24-year-old striker. - Full Story via SkySports

Two players at the centre of an alleged match-fixing scandal are due to appear before magistrates in Birmingham today. Michael Boateng, 22, and Hakeem Adelakun, 22, both from the Croydon area of South London, are accused of conspiring to defraud bookmakers by influencing the course of matches and placing bets. Both were playing for the Conference South club Whitehawk, who are based in Brighton, but have been sacked since the allegations were made last month. - Full Story via SkySports