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Football: Ancelotti 'sorry' for sacked Moyes

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said Tuesday he feels sorry for sacked Manchester United counterpart David Moyes and that the club have broken with tradition. "I was a little surprised because Manchester United don't have that custom of sacking managers," Ancelotti said. "In another club it would be completely normal, but after so many years with Sir Alex (Ferguson) it is a little surprising," the Italian coach added. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday, after less than 10 months as Ferguson's successor, with United enduring a disastrous season.

Football: Capello maps out Russia's path to World Cup

Russia manager Fabio Capello has lined up World Cup warm-ups against Slovakia, Norway and Morocco in a bid to expose his team to contrasting playing styles ahead of Brazil. Russia, making their first appearance at a World Cup finals since 2002, are in Group H with Belgium, South Korea and Algeria. Capello, who was in charge of England at the 2010 World Cup, explained his thinking behind the three countries he has chosen. "Our main goal is to test the players against teams playing in various styles," the Italian told www.championat.com on Tuesday.

Football: Ancelotti taking no risks with Ronaldo

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he will not start Cristiano Ronaldo in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Wednesday if there is any risk of the World Player of the Year aggravating a hamstring injury. The Portuguese has missed Real's last four games due to the problem, but has returned to full training ahead of the clash with the European champions and is expected to take his place in Ancelotti's starting line-up.

Football: Carlo Ancelotti quotes

Five quotes about Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against holders Bayern Munich:

Football: Italy coach shows softer side in ethics clampdown

A hasty punch may have cost Mattia Destro his place in Italy's World Cup squad under coach Cesare Prandelli's code of ethics campaign. But then again maybe not. Prandelli, who comes across as a hard man for rules, remains a master of pragmatism in applying his code of conduct. Roma striker Destro scored a hat-trick against Cagliari but was then caught in a video playback punching opposing defender Davide Astori. He was suspended for three matches and missed Prandelli's fitness tests for 42 players last week.

Football: Five facts on Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone

Five facts on Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg clash with Chelsea at the Vicente Calderon Stadium:

Football: Berbatov brilliance inspires Monaco, Ajaccio relegated

Dimitar Berbatov's delightful goal gave Monaco a 1-0 win against Nice on Sunday to leave Paris Saint-Germain's title celebrations on ice while Ajaccio's relegation was confirmed with defeat at Bastia. Berbatov's nonchalant fifth-minute lob was the only goal of the Cote d'Azur derby at the Stade Louis II and the victory got Claudio Ranieri's side back on track after their shock exit from the French Cup to Guingamp at the semi-final stage on Wednesday.

Football: Croatian Livaja causes storm after insulting fans

Croatian striker Marko Livaja could be in a lot of trouble with his club Atalanta after insulting fans following his substitution in Saturday's Serie A 2-1 defeat at home to Verona. Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono replaced Livaja with Maxi Moralez seven minutes into the second half. The Croatian, who has scored just twice in Serie A this season, was subject to insults and jeers by some sections of the home crows and reacted angrily.

Football: Mourinho mocks referees after first home league loss

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho angrily mocked the match officials after suffering his first home defeat in the Premier League in a 2-1 loss to Sunderland on Saturday. Chelsea's defeat, which left them two points behind leaders Liverpool, having played a game more, was Mourinho's first in 78 home league matches at the helm of the London club. "I just want to say four things, and I'm sorry, because if you make me (answer) more questions, I will repeat in exactly the same way," Mourinho told Sky Sports shortly after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge.

Football: Mourinho mocks referees after first home league loss

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho angrily mocked the match officials after suffering his first home defeat in the Premier League in a 2-1 loss to Sunderland on Saturday. Chelsea's defeat, which left them two points behind leaders Liverpool, having played a game more, was Mourinho's first in 78 home league matches at the helm of the London club. "I just want to say four things, and I'm sorry, because if you make me (answer) more questions, I will repeat in exactly the same way," Mourinho told Sky Sports shortly after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge.
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