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Champions League matchday 2 round-up (part 1)

Not a good night for clubs from Manchester. The red half of the city almost suffered an embarrassing home defeat if it wasn’t for Ashley Young’s late equaliser against Basel in which the game finished 3-3 which will bring back similar memories for Sir Alex when his United team faced Galatasaray in this competition in 1993. Careless would be the word some could use to describe United – a rarity. But the talk of Tuesday night will go to the sky blue half of the city. And Carlos Tevez in particular.

The 27 year-old was named amongst City’s substitutes for the tie against Bayern Munich. With striker Edin Dzeko angered to come off after 55 minutes, just moments later Tevez refused to warm-up and come on. Ouch! That certainly shows the relationship – or lack of – between player and manager. The 2-0 defeat in the Allianz Arena, it seems, is now the least of their problems.  Roberto Mancini said after the match “If one player earns a lot of money, play for Manchester City in the Champions League and has this behaviour, for me he can’t play. Never!”.

Blue moon: All is not well in the City camp

Elsewhere (and with somewhat less controversy) in Moscow, Inter Milan narrowly earned three points with their away win against CSKA Moscow thanks to a winning goal from Mauro Zárate. Inter are still second in Group B, a point behind Trabzonspor, who themselves drew 1-1 with Joe Cole‘s new outfit Lille.

Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory against Ajax. Goals came from Ronaldo himself along with other ‘new galacticos’ Kaka and Karim Benzema. Kaka’s time at Madrid so far hasn’t lived up to the hype he arrived with. His performance at the Bernebeu on Tuesday reminded the world of the genius that the Brazilian had when in AC Milan colours. Madrid are still top of Group D with their 100% record. Lyon are in 2nd position after their 2-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb at the Stade de Gerland.

Here is Tuesday’s results in full:

Bayern Munich 2-0 Man City
CSKA Moscow 2-3 Inter Milan
Lyon 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Man Utd 3-3 FC Basel
Napoli 2-0 Villarreal
Real Madrid 3-0 Ajax
SC Otelul Galati 0-1 Benfica
Trabzonspor 1-1 Lille

Champions League football with all the chaos, controversy and mutinies that go with it continue Wednesday. Well, probably not any more mutinies.

January transfer window: Let the games begin…

The January transfer window is here. Some deals have been done from Kevin “Zinedine” Kilbane joining Huddersfield Town to Jermaine Pennant making his return to Stoke permanent to Freddie Ljungberg making Glasgow his home in joining Celtic. Some rumours are flying around the media such as Federico Macheda going back to Italy to join Juventus on a loan deal to Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko moving to the sky blue half of Manchester. One rumour did catch my attention. Ronaldinho in talks with….wait for it….Blackburn Rovers.

They are not known for signing superstars and they did famously reject Zinedine Zidane in 1995 in favour of Tim Sherwood, but if Blackburn did manage to secure the services of the famous Brazilian it would surely be the biggest signing in their history. Sure, he’s not the player that had every football fan’s mouth open in awe of his sheer brilliance circa 2005, but he’s still capable of pulling off some moments of greatness – and will definitely be able to shift thousands upon thousands of jerseys bearing his name. Unfortunately, Ronnie’s social life seems to take first priority these days. He has not been the same player since the 2006 World Cup. Ronaldinho’s brother (also acts as his agent) admitted “Blackburn have contacted us. There is also other interest in England but this is confidential”. I wonder which other English team it could possibly be (not looking at anyone in particular). It’d be the signing of the season if Ronnie swapped the San Siro for Ewood Park. Then again, stranger things have happened.

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Come back at the end of the month and we’ll do a re-cap of January’s best signings.