Afternoon Report: April 2
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Barcelona news
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been described as the “perfect player” by young Germany star Marco Reus.
The Borussia Dortmund striker revealed his admiration for the Gunners’ young star, as well as his teammate at Emirates Stadium, Tomas Rosicky.
Sir Alex Ferguson has criticised his players after Manchester United were beaten 1-0 in their FA Cup quarter-final replay with Chelsea.
The Old Trafford boss claimed only Antonio Valencia maintained the level of performance he expects from his players over the 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has insisted the Blues have had a “great” season and the win over United will lead to it getting even better.
Demba Ba’s acrobatic finish early in the second half was enough to book the Stamford Bridge club a semi-final date at Wembley with Manchester City.
Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale believes the spirit at Spurs will see them finish in the top four and go all the way in the Europa League.
Bale was on the scoresheet again as Andre Villas-Boas’ side won 2-1 at Swansea City to move ahead of Chelsea into third place in the Premier League.
Samir Nasri has expressed disappointment at Roberto Mancini claiming he wanted to “punch” the French midfielder for his inconsistency.
Nasri was impressive as Manchester City hammered Newcastle United 4-0 on Saturday to keep alive their faint hopes of catching rivals United at the summit.
Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova’s return to the dugout for the UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash with Paris St Germain means the Camp Nou club are “back to normal”.
Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta says Vilanova’s treatment for throat cancer has gone well and his appearance on the bench for the first time in ten weeks will be a boost to the Catalans.