Lunchtime report: November 19

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Roberto Di Matteo is fighting to save his job only six months after lifting the European Cup. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea have won just three of their last seven games, and Russian owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly starting to lose patience.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says the club will have to produce the "perfect performance" if they are to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday. (The Times)

City must beat the Spanish champions and hope Ajax avoid defeat to Borussia Dortmund to keep alive their faint hopes of qualification.

Arsenal will not sell Theo Walcott in January - even if he does not sign a new contract by Christmas. (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger has revealed for the first time his intention to keep hold of the 23-year-old until the end of the season, despite the risk of him leaving in the summer for nothing.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping Wayne Rooney will recover from illness to be available for Manchester United's Champions League game against Galatasaray. (Sky Sports)

Rooney was not involved in United's surprise 1-0 defeat at Norwich City on Saturday, after being laid low by tonsillitis.

And finally, Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has apologised for his red card against Arsenal, insisting there was no malice in his challenge on Santi Cazorla. (Sky Sports)

Spurs went on to lose the north London derby 5-2 - and Adebayor has accepted he let everyone down by being dismissed.

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