Afternoon Report: March 12

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Rio Ferdinand believes his Manchester United teammate Michael Carrick does not get enough credit for his performances.

He described the pass from the midfielder to set up Javier Hernandez’s goal against Chelsea as the “ball of the season” and wished he didn’t have to work so hard for praise.

John Obi Mikel has revealed interim manager Rafael Benitez’s half time team talk against Manchester United inspired the Chelsea comeback.

Second half goals from Eden hazard and Ramires saw the Blues storm back after going two-goals behind early and force a replay.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has major injury worries ahead of the Champions League last 16 second leg against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for three weeks with an inflamed ankle, Bacary Sagna has a knee injury, Abou Diaby is a doubt and the Gunners may be force to rush back Keiran Gibbs after injury.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson says Spurs want to forget about the loss to Liverpool and concentrate on finishing the job against Inter Milan in the Europa League last 16.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side head to San Siro with a comfortable 3-0 lead from the first leg.

Manchester City should finally welcome back defender Micah Richards at the end of the month.

Manager Roberto Mancini said the four months the England international has been sidelined was longer than expected but he should be ok for the clash with Newcastle United on March 30.

Barcelona defender Dani Alves thinks Lionel Messi has lost some of his spark in recent weeks but believes it is only a matter of time before he comes roaring back to form.

The Brazilian said Messi’s head has been hanging lower than usual in recent weeks, despite still scoring in a record-breaking 17 consecutive La Liga games.

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