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Swindon appoint Kevin MacDonald as manager

Swindon announce former Aston Villa caretaker MacDonald as Di Canio replacement

By
Jonathan Veal, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:35 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:35 GMT, 28 February 2013

Maiden voyage: MacDonald becomes a permanent manager for the first time

Maiden voyage: MacDonald becomes a permanent manager for the first time

Swindon have appointed former Republic of Ireland assistant Kevin MacDonald as their new manager.

The 52-year-old, who was caretaker manager at Aston Villa in 2010, has been handed the reigns at the County Ground after Paolo Di Canio resigned last week.

MacDonald inherits a Swindon side who are fourth in npower League One and just three points behind leaders Doncaster and will be in charge of Saturday's trip to Coventry.

'This is a hugely important appointment at a significant moment in Swindon's recent history and we are delighted to appoint a football man of Kevin's calibre as our new manager,' said chairman Jed McCrory, who took over the Wiltshire club this month.

'This is a clear message that the new board is determined to drive on for promotion this season and continue to try and bring success to Swindon.

'Kevin has fantastic football credentials as a double-winner with Liverpool during his playing days and he is an excellent coach.

Stuttering: Swindon were beaten by lowly Bury in midweek and have picked up just one point from their last two games

Stuttering: Swindon were beaten at home by lowly Bury in midweek and have picked up just one point from their last two games

'He has great connections with top players and he is a proper football man. We have every faith for Kevin now to lead Swindon from the front at a pivotal moment in the campaign.

'It is a new start for Kevin and for our new board of Directors and we move forward together with every confidence.'

MacDonald, a midfielder in his playing days, was a member of the 1986 double-winning side at Liverpool, while he was involved with the Ireland set-up during Steve Staunton's reign.

Rafael Benitez furious comments attack onChelsea fans and the club

I'm leaving at the end of the season! Furious Rafa finally cracks and blasts fans with 'agenda' as well as Chelsea for making him 'interim manager'

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

22:14 GMT, 27 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 27 February 2013

A furious Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season.

The interim Chelsea manager blasted the fans for their negative attitude towards him and told them to support the team.

His comments came after Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium in the FA Cup fifth-round.

Benitez also claimed the club's decision to appoint him as an 'interim manager' was a massive mistake.

Come on: Chelsea were lethargic during the game but did enough to beat Boro

Come on: Chelsea were lethargic during the game but did enough to beat Boro

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Manchester United and Arsenal won"t win Champions League = Roy Hodgson

That's harsh, Roy! England boss writes off United's chances of beating Real (and he doesn't fancy Arsenal either…)

By
Matt Barlow

PUBLISHED:

13:56 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

14:03 GMT, 19 February 2013

Roy Hodgson does not expect another English triumph in the Champions League this year, claiming his favourites for the title come from Spain and Germany.

Hodgson has picked Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as his top tips to lift the European Cup at Wembley in May, dismissing Arsenal and Manchester United’s hopes.

Speaking to an Italian newspaper, the England manager also said he had been impressed by the progress made at Juventus since their return to the top.

Vital: Danny Welbeck scored a crucial away goal against Real Madrid

Vital: Danny Welbeck scored a crucial away goal against Real Madrid

head boy: Cristiano Ronaldo levelled the scores at the Bernabeu last week

head boy: Cristiano Ronaldo levelled the scores at the Bernabeu last week

‘My favourites are Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern,’ said Hodgson. ‘Juventus is working well, too.’

Juve are virtually into the last eight after winning 3-0 at Celtic in the first leg of their last-16 encounter but he does not rate the chances of Arsenal, who take on Bayern Munich at the Emirates tonight, or Manchester United, runaway Barclays Premier League leaders, who drew 1-1 with Real in Madrid last week.

‘Arsenal and Manchester United have been unlucky with the draw,’ said Hodgson, during a lengthy interview with Gianfelice Facchetti, son of legendary Inter Milan defender Giacinto, who died in seven years ago.

His views are in line with the fear that the Premier League clubs have lost their stranglehold having dominated Europe for a few years.

Tough times: Arsene Wenger must mastermind a win over Bayern Munich

Tough times: Arsene Wenger must mastermind a win over Bayern Munich

Fancied: Roy Hodgson has backed Bayern Munich to beat Arsenal

Fancied: Roy Hodgson has backed Bayern Munich to beat Arsenal

In 2008, three of the four Champions League semi-finalists were from England but this year, for the second successive season, only two have qualified for the last 16.

Despite this and his acceptance that there is a diminishing pool of homegrown talent in the Premier League, Hodgson told Gazzetta’s Extra Time that he was optimistic about the future for the national team.

‘The win against Brazil was very important,’ said the England boss. ‘I am confident we can improve. We are finding the right balance between the old and new generations.

Jack Wilshere is a fantastic talent for the future. He lost a year through injuries but he is fit.’

Top tips: Hodgson has also backed Barcelona and Juventus to impress

Top tips: Hodgson has also backed Barcelona and Juventus to impress

Top tips: Hodgson has also backed Barcelona and Juventus to impress

He also said England fans were pleased to see an Englishman at the helm after the years under Fabio Capello and Sven Goran Eriksson.

‘The fans are happy and I suppose it is because the English team have an English manager and optimism is good because we have some young players,’ said Hodgson.

‘We had good managers but I think in a country with such important football history as England, Italy or Germany, the fans are more critical with a foreign manager. I knew this was the reality because I was national team coach in foreign countries.’

Arsenal"s Laurent Koscielny passed fit to face Bayern Munich

Koscielny shakes off bug to be passed fit for Arsenal ahead of Bayern showdown

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

13:33 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

13:58 GMT, 19 February 2013

Laurent Koscielny is fit to play for Arsenal against Bayern Munich tonight.

The defender missed yesterday's training session because of a bug the Gunners feared would rule him out of the crucial Champions League fixture at the Emirates Stadium.

But manager Arsene Wenger has since learned his fellow Frenchman can be relied upon and Koscielny is likely to play at centre half alongside Per Mertesacker.

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Fit: Laurent Koscielny has been made available for selection for tonight's fixture against Bayern Munich

Fit: Laurent Koscielny has been made available for selection for tonight's fixture against Bayern Munich

Captain Thomas Vermaelen is consequently
likely to feature at left back with Bacary Sagna at right back. Carl
Jenkinson will also be included in the squad as cover for Koscielny.

The defender's return represents a significant boost for Arsenal in stressful circumstances. A heavy defeat tonight will end their last hopes of ending a run of eight years without a trophy and at a time when Wenger has been under more pressure, and receiving more criticism, than ever.

Arsene Wenger

Theo Walcott

In Arsene we trust Wenger is under considerable pressure but has put his faith in Walcott as the lone striker

Predicted Arsenal line up: Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen; Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey; Cazorla, Podolski; Walcott.

VIDEO Arsene Wenger at training with the squad a day after his angry outbursts

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Crystal Palace 4 Middlesbrough 1 match report

Crystal Palace 4 Middlesbrough 1: Zaha puts on show for England boss Hodgson

PUBLISHED:

17:35 GMT, 16 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:04 GMT, 16 February 2013

Glenn Murray took his goals tally to 27 for the season with a brace as Crystal Palace maintained their promotion push by brushing aside Middlesbrough.

But it was Wilfried Zaha who stole the show again as the Manchester United-bound winger turned in a man of the match performance in front of England manager Roy Hodgson.

Pointing the way: Glenn Murray scored twice as Crystal Palace beat Middlesbrough 4-1 at Selhurst Park to maintain their strong promotion challenge

Pointing the way: Glenn Murray scored twice as Crystal Palace beat Middlesbrough 4-1 at Selhurst Park to maintain their strong promotion challenge

Star man: Murray (right) took his season goal tally to 27 with a brace

Star man: Murray (right) took his season goal tally to 27 with a brace

Crystal Palace 4 Middlesbrough 1

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Richards, Delaney, Ramage, Parr, Zaha, Jedinak, Dikgacoi (Butterfield 76), Williams (K Phillips 70), Dobbie (Bolasie 81), Murray

Substitutes: Price, Wilbraham, Moxey, O'Keefe

Scorers: Murray 9, 57; Ramage 48, K Phillips 84

Middlesbrough: Steele, Parnaby (Dyer 58), Bikey, Friend, Halliday, McEachran (Miller 60), Leadbitter, Rhys Williams, Haroun, Jutkiewicz (Bailey 59), Carayol

Substitutes: Leutwiler, McManus, Emnes, Ledesma

Scorer: Haroun 80

Booked: Williams

Referee: Oliver Langford (W Midlands)

Attendance: 17, 213

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Afterwards Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway said: 'In front of the England manager, I thought Wilf was excellent.

We have a few who make a difference. He is one of them. This was as good as he has played since I have been here.

'He is literally as good as any chef I have seen. And he has roasted their full-backs all day and they will be glad to see the back of him.'

He added: 'I thought we moved the ball too slowly in the first half and told them that at half-time.

'I told them they were boring me.

'We upped the pace of doing things.

'We are getting stronger and the challenge is, can we get another 14 of them (wins) That would be good, wouldn't it We have to aim for the stars.'

Former Brighton forward Murray opened
the scoring early on, but missed two more chances to complete a
first-half hat-trick as Palace struggled to make their dominance count.

However,
just after the interval, Murray set up Peter Ramage to double his
side's advantage before the in-form striker's spectacular drive and
Kevin Phillips' effort ensured Palace extended their unbeaten league run
at Selhurst Park to 15 matches.

Faris Haroun netted a late consolation when Boro were three down and the visitors are clinging on to the final npower Championship play-off place after a fifth consecutive away league defeat.

Boro had the first effort on goal in the fourth minute when on-loan Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran brought a fine save from Julian Speroni.

But it was Palace who broke the deadlock just five minutes later when Wilfried Zaha, with England manager Roy Hodgson watching on, beat a couple of defenders and delivered a cross that Murray converted from close range.

The Palace pair almost combined again midway through the half, but Murray failed to get a touch to the lively England international's cross before heading over the top.

The home side's dominance continued as Damien Delaney fluffed his lines from a well worked corner before George Friend's excellent tackle denied Murray a clear run on goal.

Stephen Dobbie, signed on loan from Championship rivals Brighton last month, almost opened his Palace account on the half-hour, half-volleying goalkeeper Jason Steele's clearance just wide from 35 yards.

Boro almost got back on level terms against the run of play, though, with Ramage having to spectacularly clear Haroun's effort off the line after Speroni was beaten.

McEachran ended the half as he started it with a shot at goal, but this time he fired wide.

Hard to stop: Murray is challenged by Middlesbrough players Faris Haroun (left) and Andrew Halliday

Hard to stop: Murray is challenged by Middlesbrough players Faris Haroun (left) and Andrew Halliday

On the attack: Wilfried Zaha carries Palace forward

On the attack: Wilfried Zaha carries Palace forward

Foot in: Middlesbrough's George Friend beats Kagisho Dikgacoi to the ball

Foot in: Middlesbrough's George Friend beats Kagisho Dikgacoi to the ball

Palace finally got their second three minutes after half-time when Murray's header across goal was taken down on the chest by Ramage, who then hooked the ball into the net.

And things got better for Palace when Murray unleashed a left-foot rocket into the top corner nine minutes later.

Dobbie failed to connect with Murray's cross before the former Swansea midfielder let Boro off the hook by opting to shoot rather than pass in a promising position.

Hurdle: Murray skips over the challenge of George Friend

Hurdle: Murray skips over the challenge of George Friend

Taking a fall: Lukas Jutkiewicz wins the ball from Palace players Peter Ramage and Jazz Richards

Taking a fall: Lukas Jutkiewicz wins the ball from Palace players Peter Ramage and Jazz Richards

The Mask: Palace captain Mike Jedinak took to the field in protective head gear

The Mask: Palace captain Mike Jedinak took to the field in protective head gear

Boro were restricted to long-range efforts as Speroni saved shots from Andrew Halliday and Mustapha Carayol.

However, they pulled a goal back 10 minutes from time when Haroun took on Ishmael Miller's flick and slotted under Speroni.

Substitute Phillips' clever back heel was saved by Steele before the veteran forward got his goal, coolly finishing Zaha's through-ball in the 84th minute.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini dismisses sack rumours and says Premier League title race with Manchester United not over

Mancini rubbishes sack rumours as he claims United are not out of sight in title race

By
Chris Wheeler

PUBLISHED:

13:39 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

13:58 GMT, 15 February 2013

Roberto Mancini has dismissed fresh speculation over his job, claiming that every Premier League manager should be in fear of the axe if Manchester City decide to sack him.

Ex-City defender Danny Mills predicted yesterday that Mancini will lose his job if the champions go out of the FA Cup at home to Leeds on Sunday.

When told that former players were claiming his position is under threat, Mancini hit back saying: ‘Probably the players that won a lot of trophies in the club’s history!

Cup preparation: Roberto Mancini heads out on to the training ground ahead of Manchester City's FA Cup fifth round tie with Leeds United this weekend

Cup preparation: Roberto Mancini heads out on to the training ground ahead of Manchester City's FA Cup fifth round tie with Leeds United this weekend

‘We started our project three years
ago. In three years we are always on the top, we fight for the title, we
won three trophies, we have the chance to win more this year. All the
people who talk about this don’t understand football.

‘If Manchester City should sack me, the other 20 teams in the Premier League should be without a manager.’

Mancini is under pressure again after
last weekend’s tame surrender at Southampton left City 12 points adrift
of Manchester United.

But after overturning an eight-point
deficit with six games to go last season, the Italian warned Sir Alex
Ferguson’s team that this year’s title race is not over yet.

‘I don’t think like this, never,’ he said. ‘I have another mentality. always think we can win everything.

Welcome break: Mancini will welcome the distraction of the FA Cup having slipped 12 points behind Man United in the Premier League title race

Welcome break: Mancini will welcome the distraction of the FA Cup having slipped 12 points behind Man United in the Premier League title race

Spring in the step: Carlos Tevez goes for the ball in training yesterday

Spring in the step: Carlos Tevez goes for the ball in training yesterday

‘We have 12 games. We need to do our
best, not look at the table because it is not important now. We are a
good team. We did some mistakes and lost some stupid points. We don’t
deserve to stay 12 points behind but United deserve to stay on top at
this moment but at the moment we will see what happens.

‘I think that is a difficult moment
because we lost seven points in three games but in football sometimes it
is strange. When you think it is finished, three or four games can
change everything. While we have the points available to win, we should
believe in ourselves.’

Mancini confirmed that captain Vincent
Kompany will not be fit in time to face Leeds on Sunday as he recovers
from a calf strain, with Gareth Barry also expected to miss the game
through injury.

Robbie Keane wants Frank Lampard to replace David Beckham at LA Galaxy

Keane desperate for Lampard to ditch Chelsea and replace Beckham at LA Galaxy

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

00:22 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:05 GMT, 13 February 2013

Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is hoping Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will come in to replace former England captain David Beckham at the MLS club.

Galaxy have not yet replaced Beckham with another big-name, big-money player but they have been linked with England stalwart Lampard who looks likely to leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season.

'I am sure they have someone in the pipeline. I think it is important for the team to get big-name players in and if we get Frank it will be good – he's been on fire. Hopefully we can get him,' Ireland striker Keane said.

Cruising: Frank Lampard has been in great form for club and country, but looks set to leave Chelsea

Cruising: Frank Lampard has been in great form for club and country, but looks set to leave Chelsea

Lampard, 34, has scored 10 goals in his last 15 games for club and country.

He netted in Chelsea's 4-1 victory over Wigan Athletic in the Premier League on Saturday and grabbed the winner in England's 2-1 friendly triumph over Brazil on Wednesday.

England manager Roy Hodgson said after the game that Lampard should stay in Europe to maintain his chances of playing in the 2014 World Cup.

The player has expressed a desire to prolong his 12-year stay at Chelsea.

An established international midfielder with an eye for goal is exactly the kind of player the Galaxy need, with their attempts to sign Brazilian Kaka from Real Madrid not having made any noticeable progress.

Keane said Beckham would be missed in the MLS after he joined Paris Saint-Germain last month.

The
37-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid player spent six
years with the Galaxy before he signed a five-month contract with PSG in
January.

The transfer, however, prompted suggestions it was a marketing or business-led deal.

'It's not really hard to understand,' said Keane. 'It's very simple, he loves playing the game.

'Why
would he not go to Paris They are top of the league, they have a great
manager (Carlo Ancelotti) who he knows very well after playing for him
on loan with AC Milan. It makes sense regardless of all the other stuff.

'People
are always going to question it because he is such a big figure but I
know him personally and I know he just loves playing the game. What's
wrong with that' added Keane.

Moving on: David Beckham was in Valencia to watch his new team Paris Saint-Germain in action

Moving on: David Beckham was in Valencia to watch his new team Paris Saint-Germain in action

Void: David Beckham (left) played alongside Robbie Keane (right) at LA Galaxy

Void: David Beckham (left) played alongside Robbie Keane (right) at LA Galaxy

PSG have a six-point lead at the top
of Ligue 1 and Beckham watched from the stands when they beat Valencia
2-1 in Spain on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions League
last-16 tie.

Keane played alongside Beckham for
two MLS seasons, winning the championship both times, and believes his
former team mate can pick up another title this season.

'He still has passion for the game and he is still a quality player,' said the Irishman. “He is going to a team that is probably going to win their league.

'It's not a bad place for him to be – hopefully he wins that league too because he has won in Spain, England and America. I hope he does it.'

England begin training for Wembley friendly with Brazil

England stars get down to business in training as they prepare to face the boys from Brazil

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

11:16 GMT, 4 February 2013

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UPDATED:

14:16 GMT, 4 February 2013

England have begun preparations for Wednesday's illustrious friendly at Wembley with Brazil.

The bad news for manager Roy Hodgson, however, is that only 11 outfield players were available to fully train today.

The withdrawals of the injured Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick and the absence of the unfit Daniel Sturridge had significantly contributed to
the depleted numbers available to Hodgson to train, with others involved yesterday in the
Premier League instead limited to a warm-down session.

Put through their paces: The limited numbers available to England began training today

Put through their paces: The limited numbers available to England began training today

Elder statesman: Jack Butland is temporarily England's most senior goalkeeper

Elder statesman: Jack Butland is temporarily England's most senior goalkeeper

Watchful eye: Hodgson observes Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Ashley Cole in training

Watchful eye: Hodgson observes Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Ashley Cole in training

Joe Hart and Jack Butland remain the only
senior goalkeepers in Roy Hodgson's full squad but with Hart among
those only warming down, Middlesbrough's inexperienced Jason Steele has been added to
the training squad to aid preparations for Wednesday's fixture.

Hodgson is expected to announce further
squad changes today, incidentally, in response to the withdrawals of Carrick and Defoe and because of Sturridge's inability to train.

The forward has discussed his
fitness with the England manager and, though reluctant to do so, is expected to
accept that he will be unable to play any part against Brazil
and could therefore leave the England camp.

Heart-to-heart: Sturridge could withdraw from England's squad after this conversation with Hodgson

Heart-to-heart: Sturridge could withdraw from England's squad after this conversation with Hodgson

All as one: The England senior team alongside the U21s and U19s

All as one: The England senior team alongside the U21s and U19s

All smiles: Wayne Rooney shares a joke with Glen Johnson

All smiles: Wayne Rooney shares a joke with Glen Johnson

Safe hands Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele is entirely unproven at the highest level

Safe hands Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele is entirely unproven at the highest level

Ashley Cole, however, was among the 11 available to Hodgson today, meaning he remains on course to follow Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Billy Wright and Steven Gerrard and become the seventh England player to reach 100 caps.

His presence is a real positive for England given the intimidating prospect of facing both Ronaldinho and Neymar, but even for all of the latter's reputation as one of the world's greatest talents, another of Hodgson's defenders, Phil Jagielka, has revealed his international team-mates are yet to truly know what it is they can expect from him.

'I don't know a lot about Neymar,' Jagielka said. 'We don't see a lot of footage. He plays in Brazil so it is tough for us.

Limited numbers: But England's ranks are expected to swell before Wednesday's friendly

Limited numbers: But England's ranks are expected to swell before Wednesday's friendly

Coaching conference: Roy Hodgson, Gary Neville and Stuart Pearce in discussion

Coaching conference: Roy Hodgson, Gary Neville and Stuart Pearce in discussion

Midfield rivals: Frank Lampard, Leon Osman and Tom Cleverley will all hope to feature in England's midfield

Midfield rivals: Frank Lampard, Leon Osman and Tom Cleverley will all hope to feature in England's midfield

'But we have video analysis people when we meet up with England and they will have plenty of footage for us to review.

'They will pick out his good points and bad ones. I am sure the good points will be going on for hours.'

John Terry tells Chelsea there are no excuses for slump

Sort it out! Terry tells Chelsea team-mates there are NO excuses for sorry slump in form and that they MUST finish in top four

By
Ben Rumsby, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:01 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:43 GMT, 29 January 2013

John Terry has told his Chelsea team-mates to 'liven up', insisting rotation was no excuse for their recent ills.

Terry made his long-awaited first start since returning from injury in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Brentford and was far from impressed by another 'lacklustre' performance as they narrowly avoided a humiliating giant-killing.

Unimpressed: John Terry has warned Chelsea their current form is not good enough

Unimpressed: John Terry has warned Chelsea their current form is not good enough

Gary Cahill appeared to have taken his skipper's words on board judging by this full-bloodied challenge on Fernando Torres during training today

No holding back: Terry reckons Chelsea need to buck up their ideas and Gary Cahill appeared to have taken his skipper's words on board judging by this full-bloodied challenge on Fernando Torres during training today

It was the latest in a long line of
disappointing results in key games this season, which has seen Chelsea's
interest in five trophies ended already and has left them 11 points
behind leaders Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League title
race.

Interim manager Benitez has bemoaned the
lack of resources at his disposal during what has been a punishing run
of games but Terry insisted the current squad is capable of more.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard during a training session at the Cobham Training Ground

Chelsea's Fernando Torres during a training session at the Cobham Training Ground on 29th January 2013 in Cobham, England

Letting fly: Eden Hazard (left) and Torres (right) lash the ball about during free-kick practice today at Cobham

Talking tactics: Chelsea's Rafael Benitez chats with Juan Mata during a training session at Chelsea's Cobham HQ today

Talking tactics: Chelsea's Rafael Benitez chats with Juan Mata during a training session at Chelsea's Cobham HQ today

Narrow escape: Chelsea nearly suffered FA Cup humiliation at Brentford last Sunday

Narrow escape: Chelsea nearly suffered FA Cup humiliation at Brentford last Sunday

Narrow escape: Chelsea nearly suffered FA Cup humiliation at Brentford last Sunday

He told Chelsea TV: 'We need to liven up
a bit and realise the importance to the fans and the club. Champions
League football is a must next season.

'We saw last season, going to the
Champions League final, suffering with all the extra games and stuff
like that, we ended up finishing sixth in the League.

'It's difficult but we have a squad and it's down to the players who come in to rotate and play well.'

Sunday was Terry's first start since he suffered a knee injury in November but it was Chelsea's 40th game already this season.

He added: 'Even though it's great to be back personally, on a team level we should be winning the game and now we've made it difficult for ourselves with a replay again.

'We have another game we could do without but we should beat them at the Bridge. I was disappointed because we didn't fight and they wanted it more.

'We're not (winning any trophies at the moment). It's disappointing going to Swansea and not scoring over two legs of the (Capital One Cup) semi-final. Being so lacklustre, like we were at Brentford.

'Over the two legs against Swansea, at home we did better but going there, I'd rather we'd lost that three or 4-0 and give it a go and we didn't do that.'

Back in action: Terry made his long-awaited first start since returning from injury at Brentford

Back in action: Terry made his long-awaited first start since returning from injury at Brentford

Steven Gerrard is the best Liverpool have ever had, says Jamie Carragher

Gerrard is the best player Liverpool have ever had, says Anfield pal Carragher

By
Jim Van Wijk, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

09:47 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:47 GMT, 21 January 2013

Steven Gerrard was heralded as Liverpool's greatest player ever by team-mate Jamie Carragher after the England captain was honoured by the Football Writers' Association at a gala tribute dinner in London.

The 32-year-old midfielder collected the prestigious accolade from FWA chairman Andy Dunn, of the Sunday Mirror.

Hitting the heights: Steven Gerrard is Liverpool's greatest, says Jamie Carragher

Hitting the heights: Steven Gerrard is Liverpool's greatest, says Jamie Carragher

Tributes were paid by former manager Gerard Houllier, who brought Gerrard into the Liverpool first team as a raw youngster, and his long-serving team-mate Carragher, while former Reds boss Kenny Dalglish also passed on his congratulations as he was unable to attend.

Carragher is in no doubt of Gerrard's place among Anfield legends. 'I think we are in the presence of the greatest player ever to play for Liverpool,' said Carragher.

'People will say I am biased because we are good friends and because of the trophies we have won together, but it is a fair accolade to give him.

No 1: Carragher paid tribute to Gerrard following his latest award

No 1: Carragher paid tribute to Gerrard following his latest award

'There are guys like Kenny [Dalglish], Graeme Souness, Ian Rush, all world-class players, but the difference was they were in a world-class team – and Stevie has not played in a world-class team.'

Carragher added: 'Stevie's one strength is he has no weakness, he can run, tackle pass and score goals.

'Football is a team game, but special players do special things at special times, and that is Steven Gerrard.'

Former Liverpool striker Rush and England manager Roy Hodgson were among the guests at The Savoy, along with current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.