Afternoon Report: October 23

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he believes David Beckham’s marriage to Victoria was the catalyst for ending his Manchester United career, making him too interested in fame.

However, the former Old Trafford boss praised his former charge for the way he had made himself a success and a role model for young people across the globe.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was full of praise for the way his team defended in their 3-0 win away at Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Fernando Torres’ two goals got him most of the headlines, but Mourinho says it was all possible because of the foundation laid by his defenders and two central midfielders.

Arsene Wenger believes fixture congestion and the onset of fatigue were behind Arsenal’s defeat 2-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund last night.

The Frenchman believes the speed of the Gunners play was affected by tiredness and feels the team was never playing at its best on the night.

Andre Villas-Boas feels that young striker Harry Kane could benefit from a loan move away to help hone his skills further.

However, the Spurs boss was adamant that any decision would be considered appropriately and not rushed.

Manchester City star Yaya Toure says the side must quickly forget their humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The Citizens were thrashed 3-1 at home in their last group match and the Ivorian says the meeting with CSKA is the perfect opportunity to put it behind them.

Barcelona manager Tata Martino feels his side deserved more than a point after their 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the San Siro on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi equalised for the Camp Nou club after Robinho had put the home side ahead but Martino felt they had enough of the contest to take all three points.

Cristiano Ronaldo has urged people to leave Gareth Bale alone, as the new Real Madrid record signing needs time to get back to his best form.

Ronaldo was confident Bale would become an important figure at Santiago Bernabeu but said the lack of a pre-season and his recent injury setback means he will take time to reach his peak.

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