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Evening report: February 18

Roberto Mancini has claimed he is the best manager in the Premier League despite falling 12 points behind rivals Manchester United in the title race. The Manchester City manager pointed to his recent record, insisting that no other boss has won as many trophies as him in the past 15 months.

Arsene Wenger has demanded a strong defensive display from his side ahead of tomorrow's Champions League tie against Bayern Munich. The Gunners boss insisted Arsenal must not concede if they harbour hopes of progressing to the quarter-finals.

Anders Lindegaard remains determined to fulfil his dream of being named Manchester United's first-choice goalkeeper. The Danish international lost his place to David De Gea earlier this season, but Lindegaard insists he's competing hard to win back the number one jersey.

Hugo Lloris expects this week's Europa League tie between Spurs and Lyon to resemble a high-profile Champions League match. Tottenham travel to France protecting a 2-1 lead from the first-leg, and Lloris believes the stature of the two clubs makes it worthy of a top-level European fixture.

John Terry has admitted he does not consider himself an automatic starter for Chelsea, and insists he's happy on the bench as long as the club get their season back on track. The Blues defender has denied reports suggesting he's fallen out with Rafa Benitez, and revealed he's ready to fight for his place in the first-team.

David Villa will miss Barcelona's Champions League last-16 first-leg match against AC Milan this Wednesday, as he continues his recovery from kidney stones. But Xavi Hernandez will make the trip to Italy, after the Spain midfielder was given the all-clear to play following a hamstring injury.

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