VINCENT KOMPANY admits Manchester Citys Champions League Group of Death is even more lethal than last year.
Yet the Belgian centre-back also rates the draw ideal for Roberto Mancinis men.
City start against Real Madrid, then face German champions Borussia Dortmund and Hollands top team Ajax.
Last year they had Bayern Munich, Napoli and Villarreal and just failed to
Chelsea have been named European Club of the Year by the European Club Association.
The European champions were handed the award by their peers at Monday's third annual ECA Awards.
Chelsea were recognised 'for their outstanding achievement during the 2011-12 season on a European and domestic level'.
Last term saw the Blues finally end their wait for Champions L
Shinji Kagawa has handed Manchester United another injury headache after sitting out Japan's World Cup qualifier with Iraq with back pain.
The midfielder suffered the knock in training on Monday and was ruled out of his country's match just an hour before kick-off.
Kagawa is now a doubt for United's clash with Wigan on Saturday and their Champions League opener a
Benoit Assou-Ekotto has warned disgruntled Tottenham new boy Hugo Lloris to be patient as the row over who should be the club's No 1 rumbles on.
The Frenchman was an £12million arrival on deadline day but is already frustrated at playing second fiddle to Brad Friedel.
And now left back Assou-Ekotto has weighed into the debate by backing the American to retain his
Joey Barton admits he's still struggling to tackle his inner demons as the controversial QPR midfielder seeks to get his career back track.
The 30-year-old was loaned out to French club Marseille after being handed a 12-match ban following his red card and subsequent violent conduct at former club Manchester City on the final day of last season.
Barton was sent off
Rafa Benitez has hit out at former Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett for denying him funds to strengthen his squad for a Premier League title challenge.
The Spaniard spent six years at the Anfield club, winning the FA Cup and Champions League, before leaving two years ago.
And the 52-year-old has revealed he was not given the support to mount a title
STEWART DOWNING has told Liverpool team-mate Raheem Sterling to enjoy every minute of his England call-up.
Sterling, 17, was drafted into the squad by former Reds boss Roy Hodgson due to the withdrawal of Theo Walcott and concerns over Daniel Sturridges fitness.
He is unlikely to be involved against Ukraine in tonights Group H qualifier at Wembley, but Downing r
SWANSEA have signed left-back Dwight Tiendalli on a free transfer.
The Dutchman, who left FC Twente this summer, has joined Swans for the season though the deal has not been ratified by the Premier League.
Former Ajax youth star Tiendalli, 26, said: I look forward to working under Michael Laudrup.
DAVID MOYES will hold clear-the-air talks with Marouane Fellaini on his return to Everton.
Fellaini stunned the Toffees when he was quoted as saying he will quit Goodison within a year.
The Belgium midfielder, currently on international duty, took to Facebook in a bid to set the record straight.
He wrote: With Everton, Im ready to play all this season to reach
MIDFIELDER Anderson admits Manchester United must do better after they ended last season potless.
United failed to land a trophy for the first time since 2005 when they were pipped to the title by deadly rivals City.
And Brazil ace Anderson said: We have to do better. Manchester United have to win every trophy and were disappointed if we dont.
Theres always pr
ARSENAL star Abou Diaby is set to miss Frances World Cup qualifier against Belarus tonight.
The Gunners injury-hit midfielder was due to play a third straight competitive game for the first time in 17 months.
But France coach Didier Deschamps said: Diaby felt muscle pain yesterday.