Evening Report: September 30
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Barcelona news
Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes that Chelsea striker Fernando Torres should receive a similar ban to that of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez after scratching Jan Vertonghen’s face on Saturday.
Torres was eventually sent off in the Blues 1-1 draw against Tottenham after getting a second booking, but Schmeichel believes his first booking for a scratch was as bad as Suarez’s bite on Branislav Ivanovic, for which he was handed a ten-game suspension.
Meanwhile, former referee Graham Poll has praised Spurs winger Andros Townsend for admitting he dived in the match at White Hart Lane and apologising, but warned there could be consequences for his honesty.
Poll believes it could contribute towards the 22-year-old getting a reputation as a diver in the future.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Robert Pires training with his side is a perfect opportunity for his young players to pick up valuable tips.
The Gunners legend is currently maintaining his fitness at London Colney and Wenger believes he can pass on some priceless experience to the club’s kids – though he laughed off suggestions he would be signing him again.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned the club must not become over-obsessed with Champions League success, as winning back the Premier League is still the priority.
The Citizens face holders Bayern Munich on Wednesday and Pellegrini is hoping his squad will be able to cope with the rigours of playing in both competitions.
Dani Alves has vowed there will be no repeat of Celtic’s remarkable victory from last season when Barcelona travel to Glasgow for a Champions League group match.
Neil Lennon’s side pulled off a famous win at Celtic Park last season on their way to a place in the last 16.