Inter-esting night awaits Barcelona
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto’o have the perfect opportunity on Wednesday to settle the argument over whether Inter Milan or Barcelona were the real winners from their swap deal.sports Updated: Sep 16, 2009 00:15 IST
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto’o have the perfect opportunity on Wednesday to settle the argument over whether Inter Milan or Barcelona were the real winners from their swap deal.
In a fantastic twist of fates, the duo make their Champions League debuts for their new clubs against their former employers in a Group F clash.
Inter coach Jose Mourinho, a former Barca assistant who angered the Catalans with his antics in previous Champions League ties as Chelsea boss, has been his usual cheeky self.
“Eto'o is the best attacker in the world. My players are always better. Last year Ibrahimovic was the best forward in the world, now I say Eto'o,” he said.
Ibrahimovic was the inspiration for Inter's last three Italian titles, although success was elusive in the Champions League.
With Eto'o immediately striking up a good partnership with fellow new signing Diego Milito, Mourinho thinks his side is now more complete and can finally make a mark in Europe.
Inter were dynamic in last month's 4-0 victory over AC Milan while Eto'o scored a superb goal in Sunday's 2-0 win over Parma.
Liverpool wary of Debreceni
Liverpool: Liverpool will head into the match wary of Hungarian champions Debreceni, which will be hoping to mark its first visit to Anfield with a victory. Liverpool, with its five European Cup titles, are the overwhelming favorites to win the Group E match, but midfielder Lucas said the team won't be taking Debreceni lightly. Debreceni's only previous visit to England ended in 3-0 qualifying round loss to Manchester United in 2005. That led to a 6-0 aggregate loss after the second leg at home.
This is the first time Debreceni has made it to the group phase of the competition, becoming the first Hungarian club to reach this stage since Ferencvaros in 1995-96.
Arsenal boosted by Eduardo’s presence
Brussels: Arsenal will head into their opening match against Standard Liege boosted by the presence of striker Eduardo da Silva, who has been cleared to play in Wednesday's match.
Arsenal got Eduardo back after UEFA overturned the Croatia international's two-match ban for diving on Monday, making him eligible to start in Liege.
Standard, however, were ruing the fate of captain Steven Defour, who broke his right foot in a league game over the weekend and could miss the entire group stage.
English FA charges Adebayor
Manchester: Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor was charged with violent and improper conduct by the Football Association (FA) on Tuesday for his alleged stamp on Robin van Persie and for his goal celebration in Saturday's 4-2 victory over Arsenal.
FA has also charged him for running the length of the field to celebrate his goal against his former club in front of the Arsenal fans.
The FA said there would be separate hearings for the two incidents but did not say when they would be held.
Adebayor has until Wednesday evening to respond to that charge and until September 30 to reply to the one relating to the goal celebration.
Manchester City said it had been made aware of the charges and would consider its position in relation to both matters.