The GiveMeSport report - February 19

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Hello and welcome to GiveMeSport TV. I’m Michael Panter with all the latest news from the world of football.

Where better to start this morning’s report than with a look at the reaction from Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League last night.

The Spanish champions’ first goal was courtesy of a controversial Lionel Messi penalty, which also saw City defender Martin Demichelis given his marching orders. Following the game Manuel Pellegrini blasted the referee’s decision , and could end up facing a UEFA ban as a result.

And from one mouth-watering European tie to another, all eyes have now switched to the Emirates, where Arsenal are ready to welcome Bayern Munich. The Gunners face an uphill battle if they are to progress but Bayern captain Philipp Lahm believes that Mesut Ozil could be key for Arsene Wenger’s side.

The playmaker’s form has been touch and go so far this year, but Lahm believes his international team-mate has the quality to decide the tie if given the chance.

In other news, Manchester United fans will have found cause for optimism, as new signing Juan Mata is convinced more of the world’s biggest names will join him at Old Trafford. Despite having endured an indifferent start to life with the champions, the Spaniard is confident the club will always attract the best footballers in the world due to their elite status, with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Toni Kroos having been identified as summer targets.

Moving onto Chelsea, and it would appear that David Luiz has yet again made himself the talk of the town. The Brazilian defender, who has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge at the end of this season, claimed that he was happy to play in any position for the Blues, even if that meant him being deployed up front.

Luiz has in the past been used in an attacking midfield role, and said that it would be nice to be given the opportunity to lead the line for Jose Mourinho.

And finally we turn our attentions to tennis, where reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has slipped to 7th in the world rankings.

The Scot has found it difficult to embark on a consistent run of good form so far this year and now finds himself 6th places away from the No.1 spot occupied by Rafael Nadal. Murray wasn’t the only surprise omission from the world’s top 5 as Roger Federer found himself slipping to 8th, but the pair will undoubtedly be looking to improve their standing.

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