Antonio Candreva and Inter Milan had something to applaud for a change. Remember when Inter Milan won the treble? Recall when Jose Mourinho stalked the sideline as his black-and-blue machinery won Serie A for a fifth year in a row – as it would later transpire, in the wake of the Calciopoli scandal and Juventus’s retroactively canceled titles – lifted the Italian Cup and upset Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League?
Vicente del Bosque claims criticism of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola back in Spain is politically motivated. Guardiola returned to his old club Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, but City were outclassed in a chastening 4-0 defeat. Former Spain coach Del Bosque, though, has offered his endorsement, suggesting Guardiola's controversial opinions - including his vocal support for Catalan independence - have not helped his cause.
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is set to start individual training next week as he looks to recover from a muscle injury sustained earlier this month, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. Ribery had enjoyed a fine start to the season before getting injured. "Apart from Ribery, everyone else is fit," Ancelotti told reporters ahead of their Bundesliga match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.