Afternoon Report: March 15

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Rafa Benitez was full of praise for Fernando Torres after the Spaniard scored in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Steaua Bucharest last night.

Torres missed from the penalty spot after scoring only his second goal in 20 games - but Benitez insisted that wouldn't knock his confidence.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has urged UEFA to take action against Inter Milan after their supporters allegedly racially abused Tottenham's players last night.

Spurs snuck through to the quarter finals of the Europa League on away goals despite a 4-1 defeat at the San Siro, but the evening was marred by reports of monkey chants and the waving of an inflatable banana, particularly at striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must move on from their Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich and focus on their game against Swansea on Saturday.

Wenger says his side must 'win at all costs' to close the gap on their rivals for a top four spot.

Jonny Evans has warned Manchester United not to be lulled into a false sense of security by their 12-point lead in the title race.

The Red Devils sit comfortably clear of rivals Manchester City at the top of the table, but blew an eight point lead last season - and Evans says they can't afford to do the same again.

Lionel Messi says he was delighted with Barcelona's 4-0 win over AC Milan that moved them through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Messi scored twice in the convincing win, and admitted his side needed a morale boost after losing three of their last four outings going into the game.

And finally, Jack Rodwell faces an uncertain future at Manchester City already despite only joined the Premier League champions last summer according to

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