Champions League: Injury hit Manchester United take on Romanian champs
New Delhi: Manchester United will meet CFR Cluj in an away match. CFR Cluj has managed to scalp a win on matchday against SC Braga. Alex Ferguson team is desperately looking for a win after they lost to Spurs, 3-2 on their home soil.
The CFR coach is banking on home advantage. According to the coach CFR has some big names and the support of Romanian fans. CFR coach believes that if his team manages to score they could have a chance.
Commenting on his team’s chances he said that it would be nice to garner six points.
The CFR coach was all praise for Sir Alex. Commenting on Ferguson stint with United he said that staying for such a long time with one club and winning so many titles is a dream in Romania.
CFR struck a comprehensive victory against ACF Gloria, 5-1. Despite the sending-off of Matías Aguirregaray on the hour, CFR still recorded their most emphatic victory in any competition this season, UEFA.com reported.
While, Manchester United was defeated at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, 2-3 on their home soil.
Striker Pantelis Kapetanos is likely to feature in the CFR squad as they take on United.
Sir Alex Ferguson is not taking his opponents lightly. According to him CFR's Rafael Bastos could pose a serious challenge and he is the man United would have in mind once they get down on the field. He praised CFR's counter attacks and their ability to get lots of men behind the ball.
Commenting on the prospects of CFR making it to the next stages he said that they need seven points from next five games and hopefully they should be able to make it.
Ferguson defended his decision to train at home in Carrington as a lot of unwanted attention is focused on the players when they train on away grounds.
Commenting on defeat at the hands of spurs he said that the second half game against spurs was their best in the season.
Nemanja Vidić (knee), Chris Smalling (broken foot), Phil Jones (knee), Antonio Valencia (ankle) and Ashley Young (knee) are all unavailable. Wayne Rooney is back after a month on the sidelines with a lacerated leg, but Paul Scholes (rested), Ryan Giggs (virus) and Michael Carrick (virus) have not travelled, reported uefa.com.
Benfica vs Barcelona
Jorge Jesus would be hoping for a draw at home against FC Barcelona in UEFA Champions’ League Group G. On uefa.com, Jesus said that they are playing in Champions League where you play against the best teams. Commenting on his chances against Barcelona he said that he does not fear them but do respect them.
The coach was methodical in analyzing his chances against Barcelona. He said that Lionel Messi along with Xavi Hrnandez and Iniesta as a team and individual players would pose a serious challenge for the Lisbon team.
Benfica defeated FC Paços de Ferreira, 2-1. Lima would be crucial for Benfica after his remarkable debut last week.
The Benfica team looks fit, only Oscar is out due to a thigh injury.
Barcelona on the other hand will not take their encounter against Benfica any lightly. The coach, Tito Vilanova is worried by Benfica attack. Barcelona would be looking to play their natural game.
Barcelona hasn’t had the best of the games against Benfica. They had faced them twice in the past, and on both the occasions they could not score, managing only goalless draws.
In the last match FC Barcelona defeated Sevilla 2-3.
Gerard Piqué is out of the team after he suffered a sprained ankle. Thiago Alcántara will miss the next eight weeks after sustaining ligament damage to his right knee in Seville.
Chelsea VS Nordsjælland
FC Nordsjælland is all geared up when they face the European champions Chelsea on their home soil. Not an easy task considering Di Matteo eyes firmly set on the three points.
FC Nordsjælland coach was excited and upbeat about his entry into the Champions league. Terming his club as a comparatively young club he said that playing against top club has given him enough confidence.
An emotional coach Kasper Hjulmand said that his team is fully prepared and ready to face the top football club in the world with courage and dedication. He concluded by saying that we must do our best and play their natural game.
Nordsjælland defeated Esbjerg fB, 3-0. Nordsjælland have reported no injury problems and are happy to be playing in Copenhagen, rather than in their native Farum.
Chelsea on the other hand, centre-back David Luiz was taken off due to injury against Arsenal but has travelled to Denmark. Striker Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) has not, with Torres expected to start up front again.
Chelsea manager, Roberto Di Matteo termed the Nordsjælland as a strong young side. He said that the Nordsjælland club would like to keep the ball like them and it could be a battle of possession. In their last game Chelsea defeated Arsenal, 2-1.