Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he found it difficult to explain to certain Manchester United players why they were left out against Real Madrid.

The Old Trafford side were solid in securing a 1-1 draw but Ferguson said it was difficult relaying the news to international players like Nani, Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed he loved his emotional return to former club Sparta Prague in their Europa League clash on Thursday night.

The Czech Republic star spent a season at Sparta before moving to France and received a hero’s welcome in the Blues 1-0 win.

Arsene Wenger admits the FA Cup is Arsenal’s best chance of landing any silverware this season.

The Gunners face a fourth round clash with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon at Emirates Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale believes he is the form of his life.

The Welshman scored both goals in Spurs’ 2-1 Europe League win over Lyon on Thursday night – he has scored all of his side’s last six goals.

Former Manchester City stars Danny Mills and Steve McManaman believe Roberto Mancini is fighting for his job at the Etihad Stadium.

A run of poor results have left the Citizens 12 points behind rivals Manchester United in the Premier League and face a tricky FA Cup tie against Leeds United on Sunday.

Andres Iniesta is a better player than his superstar Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi; that is according to Robert Pires.

The former Arsenal star believes the Spain international sets the pace for his side and feels Barcelona would not be as successful without him.

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