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Man City on alert for visit of rampant Roma MANCHESTER: After late disappointment against Bayern Munich in their opening Champions League group game, Manchester City can ill afford another slip-up in Tuesday's meeting with in-form Roma at the Etihad Stadium.A 90th-minute goal by City old boy Jerome Boateng gave Bayern victory two weeks ago and with Roma opening their Group E campaign by crushing CSKA Moscow 5-1, the English champions are already under a degree of pressure.Having smashed Sheffield Wednesday 7-0 in the League Cup before seeing off Hull City 4-2 on Saturday, Manuel Pellegrini's side are scoring freely, but right-back Pablo Zabaleta knows Roma will be a different prospect."Now we need to turn the page and just think about the Champions League," the Argentina right-back told City's in-house television channel after the victory over Hull."We lost the first game against Bayern Munich and now we play Roma at home. We know how important it is to win that ...

Homeward bound Mourinho takes Chelsea to Lisbon fortress LISBON: Jose Mourinho takes Chelsea to one of his former employers on Tuesday as the Londoners attempt to break Sporting Lisbon's impressive 16-game home unbeaten run in European competition. The respective capital clubs clash for the first time at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in a key Champions League fixture with all four teams in Group G locked on one point after one round of the six match pool phase. Slovenian side MK Maribor, who salvaged ...

Bayern look to quietly go about their business MOSCOW: Five-time European champions Bayern Munich travel to Russia on Tuesday where they will take on domestic giants CSKA Moscow behind closed doors on matchday two in Group E. Pep Guardiola's talent-laden, but injury ravaged side, opened their account with a last minute 1-0 victory over English champions Manchester City in their opener while CSKA were humbled 5-1 in the Italian capital by Roma. The Red Army side have been punished by governing body UEFA ...

New-look Barcelona ready for first big test in Paris PARIS: Barcelona face their first big test of the Luis Enrique era when they face Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital in the Champions League on Tuesday.The Catalans looked sluggish in the 1-0 win against APOEL that kicked-off their Group F campaign a fortnight ago, but they travel to France having won six and drawn one of seven matches altogether this season, and are yet to concede a single goal under their new coach.Their performance ...

Exiled Shakhtar dream of going home DONETSK: Reigning Ukraine champions Shakhtar, who have been exiled from their native Donetsk because of the bloody clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels, are dreaming of going home.Shakhtar have set up their training base in Kiev and have chosen the venue in Lviv -- around 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) away from Donetsk -- in western Ukraine as their home ground for domestic and Champions League matches."I still don't know when we will have a ...

British press cheer Europe for once after Ryder Cup win LONDON: The British press cheered Europe's success in retaining the Ryder Cup in a victory over the United States, with Monday's front pages setting aside barbs aimed at the EU to praise of the team in blue.The front page of broadsheet The Times showed Northern Irish player and world number one Rory McIlroy grasping the cup with a delighted expression as the team gathered around him.The Independent newspaper praised the performance of Jamie Donaldson, who ...

Aussie Gerrans promises more one-day fireworks PONFERRADA: Simon Gerrans may have missed out on the world champion's rainbow jersey but he promised that the three World Championship medallists would continue battling in one-day classics over the years to come.Australia's Gerrans was beaten into second in Ponferrada, Spain by Poland's first ever world champion, Michal Kwiatkowski, while Spaniard Alejandro Valverde came third.What was significant about that result was that they were the three main protagonists back in April during the Ardennes Classics.Gerrans ...


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