Football

Evening Report: April 25

Iniesta dismisses 'end of an era' talk (©GettyImages)

Arsene Wenger says it's too soon to draw conclusions about the strength of the Bundesliga in the wake of an extraordinary week for German football.

The Arsenal boss was impressed by what he saw from Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week, but is not so sure there has been a power shift away from Spain and England.

Eden Hazard could collect two individual awards this weekend, having been nominated for both the PFA and PFA Young Player of the Year awards.

The Belgian was named alongside Chelsea team-mate Juan Mata, in the senior category, but admits that collective success in the Europa League would mean more.

James Milner is confident he will be fit to face West Ham this weekend after suffering a hamstring injury against Tottenham last Sunday.

The Manchester City midfielder was replaced at half-time during the 3-1 Premier League defeat to Spurs, but is comfortable with his recovery this week.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will shuffle his pack when he takes the newly crowned Premier League champions to Arsenal on Sunday.

Ferguson revealed Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick both played with injuries in Monday's 3-0 victory over Aston Villa, as the Red Devils clinched their 20th top-flight title.

Clint Dempsey believes that Tottenham's victory over Manchester City can inspire the players in the race for Champions League qualification.

Spurs head to Wigan this weekend in fifth place in the Premier League table, one point behind Chelsea and two behind Arsenal, against whom they have a game in hand.

And finally, Andres Iniesta has dismissed the idea Barcelona are at the end of an era following their 4-0 Champions League mauling by Bayern Munich.

Barça, who lifted the trophy in 2009 and 2011, were the favourites to win the competition this year - but were so outclassed by the Germans that many pundits believe their spell of dominance is over.

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