Here are the latest stories for Tuesday.
MAN CITY: Ivan Rakitic hopes that “one of the world’s best strikers” Sergio Aguero has an off day when Barcelona take on Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday night. The Argentina international could start for City after beginning on the bench out at the Camp Nou.
BARCELONA: Luis Enrique says injuries will serve as no excuse if Barcelona fail to beat City at the Etihad.
Barcelona forward Neymar’s feud with Granada’s Ruben Vezo on Saturday spilled over into the tunnel and on Monday, a video emerged of the Brazil star pushing Vezo down a small flight of stairs.
MAN UNITED: Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says he did not fear for his job when Jose Mourinho took over the head coaching reins at Old Trafford, despite the two men’s history during their brief time together at Chelsea.
– Shanghai SIPG boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has told The Sun there is “absolutely nothing” in reports linking his club with Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.
BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has urged Bastian Schweinsteiger to leave Manchester United despite his return to first-team training on Monday.
ARSENAL: Olivier Giroud looks set for his first start of the season when Arsenal take on Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Hector Bellerin was among four players who were left behind for the trip to Bulgaria.
BAYER LEVERKUSEN: Bayer Leverkusen star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has said that the best players he has played with and against have been Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, respectively.
SWANSEA: Swansea boss Bob Bradley urged his team to play with more confidence following Monday night’s 3-1 defeat at Stoke.
LIGUE 1: Nice striker Mario Balotelli has scored six goals in five Ligue 1 games, with only Zlatan Ibrahimovic making a more prolific start to his Ligue 1 career.
MLS: Jermaine Jones could be available to return to the Colorado Rapids’ starting lineup for next week’s playoff second leg against the LA Galaxy, coach Pablo Mastroeni says.
– New York City FC forward David Villa should be suspended for next Sunday’s Eastern Conference semifinal second leg, Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney said after the Reds won the opener 2-0 with late goals by Jozy Altidore and Tosaint Ricketts.
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