Afternoon Report: March 1

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David Beckham believes Manchester United's Champions League last-16 clash against Real Madrid is too close to call.

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg earlier this month, and Beckham believes it is hard to separate the pair ahead of Tuesday's tie at Old Trafford.

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke has played down his chances of replacing Rafael Benitez as Chelsea manager in the summer.

Clarke was assistant manager to Jose Mourinho at Chelsea but has impressed since becoming a manager in his own right at the Hawthorns.

However the Scot says he is not interested in heading back to Stamford Bridge any time soon.

Jack Rodwell is refusing to give up on the title race, insisting his team must turn up the heat on runaway leaders Manchester United.

City currently sit 12 points behind their cross-city rivals.

Arsenal have joined Tottenham in monitoring Sochaux right-back Sebastien Corchia.

The 22-year-old has also been linked with Juventus.

And finally, Barcelona are unlikely to face Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday - the Portuguese star looks set to be rested for the Clasico in the Bernabeu.

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