Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has urged his players to 'tighten up' if they are to progress to the last 16 of the Champions League this season. (Sky Sports)

City have recorded a solitary point from their opening two Group D games, losing to Real Madrid and drawing with Borussia Dortmund, prior to tonight's clash with Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena.

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has warned his team-mates that Schalke will be the toughest test yet of their European credentials this year.

The German international believes taking maximum points at the Emirates Stadium this evening will be crucial to their qualification. (

William Gallas wants Tottenham's players to move on quickly from the weekend loss against Chelsea, as attention turns to Thursday's Europa League encounter.

Spurs travel to Slovenia to face NK Maribor before a Premier League trip to Southampton on Sunday. (

Former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben admits a succession of injuries has led him to consider retirement. (The Times)

The 28-year-old - now playing for German giants Bayern Munich - has made only three Bundesliga appearances this season, as he continues his recovery from a hamstring problem.

And finally, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney celebrates his 27th birthday today. (Daily Mail)

The occasion falls just over 10 years after he introduced himself to the Premier League with that sensational goal for Everton against Arsenal.

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