Barcelona boost as Puyol returns to training | Spanish Football News | Tribal Football

Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol has returned to training.The 34-year-old dislocated his left elbow during a UEFA Champions League clash with Benfica on 2nd October. Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol has returned to training.The 34-year-old dislocated his left elbow during a UEFA Champions League clash with Benfica on 2nd October.His absence has left Barcelona short in an important area of the field, with fellow defender Gerard Pique having also taken in a spell on the treatment table.

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Benzema confident of Mourinho backing at Real Madrid | Spanish Football News | Tribal Football

Karim Benzema feels he has the full of confidence of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. Karim Benzema feels he has the full of confidence of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.Benzema has shown only flashes of his potential since moving to the Bernabeu from Lyon in July 2009.He told L’Equipe: “I have wanted to play more. From the beginning of the season I have spent more time on the bench than on the field, but I will continue fighting to get the minutes they give me.”Benzema was quick to stress he bore no grudge against Mourinho, however.He added: “He’s always behind me and never lets me give up.”When things go well, he tells me regularly and when you are not doing so well he tells me it’s okay.”It’s all to keep me up to a high standard.”

Fulham striker Berbatov bristles at 'lazy' tag | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov has fired back at barbs that he was ‘lazy’ during his time at Manchester United. Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov has fired back at barbs that he was ‘lazy’ during his time at Manchester United.The Bulgarian fired 57 goals in 149 United games but could never lose the ‘idle’ tag.But last night Berbatov, 31, hit back — also pointing out that 41 of those appearances were from the substitutes bench.He said: “I left Manchester United with my head held very high.“I gave 100 per cent and no one could doubt my performances, especially when you compare how many minutes I actually played.“I was the Premier League’s top goalscorer in 2010-11 and never wanted to be on the bench.“Perhaps I needed to play more but I always accepted the manager’s orders. I never considered myself to be a star — only a forward working for the team.”

Villa skipper Vlaar: Man Utd's RvP my friend – but I won't ask for shirt at halftime! | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar is up for his clash with fellow Dutchman and Manchester United star Robin van Persie. Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar is up for his clash with fellow Dutchman and Manchester United star Robin van Persie.Vlaar, like Arsenal fall-guy Andre Santos, is a good friend of the red-hot striker.But he said: “I don’t want Robin’s shirt, I want three points. That’s the most important prize. Ask me about matches I’ve won and I’ll remember.“Ask me whose shirt I got afterwards and I couldn’t tell you.”Vlaar was persuaded to come to England by fellow Dutchman Van Persie.He added: “Maybe if I see Robin after the game and we’re having a chat we might exchange shirts. If it happens, it happens. But at half-time… NEVER!”

Napoli chasing Granada striker Floro Flores | Transfers | Tribal Football

Napoli are chasing Granada striker Antonio Floro Flores.The Italian’s agent says he’s a winter market target for the Azzurri. Napoli are chasing Granada striker Antonio Floro Flores.The Italian’s agent says he’s a winter market target for the Azzurri.“I don’t know if Antonio will go to Napoli,” Paolo Palermo told Radio Kiss Kiss. “But I think it will be a good solution for [Coach Walter] Mazzarri.“I haven’t spoken to anyone at the club, so there’s really no need to comment any further on these rumours.”

Wilshere fires warning at Arsenal boss Wenger: I want silverware | Transfers | Tribal Football

Jack Wilshere has fired an ominous warning to Arsenal – he wants silverware.Boss Arsene Wenger has stated he regards regular Champions League qualification as a successful season. Jack Wilshere has fired an ominous warning to Arsenal – he wants silverware.Boss Arsene Wenger has stated he regards regular Champions League qualification as a successful season.But England midfielder Wilshere wants to look back on a career marked by medals.It has been seven years since the Gunners lifted a trophy, a stat that bothers the 20-year-old star. He said: “We know how desperate the fans are as well for a trophy and, trust me, the players want silverware.“When you look back on your career, you don’t think: ‘Ah right, we finished fourth every year’. You say: ‘What have we won?’ And that’s what you want to do.“Our aim every season is to challenge for the Premier League which we continue to do so week-in and week-out. We wouldn’t be Arsenal FC if we wanted any less.”

Lazio boss Petkovic: Fans have been waiting for Rome derby | Serie A News | Tribal Football

Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic is fully focused on their derby with AS Roma.Petkovic was delighted with their 3-0 Europa League victory over Panathinaikos on Thursday. Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic is fully focused on their derby with AS Roma.Petkovic was delighted with their 3-0 Europa League victory over Panathinaikos on Thursday.He said: “It wasn’t a high tempo, but Radu looked solid and he is certainly an option for the derby. We have to play like Lazio and not think about how Roma are set out.“From the first day I got here the talk has been about the derby, as everyone urged me to win it. We are playing for three points, but they are certainly worth their weight in gold.”