LITESPORT 54 Wednesday, 30 September 2009 London Lite WERE READYMalouda: Wigan is forgotten by geoff teather NoRonaldomakesUnitedeventoughertobeat by david dibble Wolf-man: former Toon star Obafemi Inbrief Smiths serious case of ref rage lWALTER SMITH launched a scathing attack on referee Jonas Eriksson, accusing him of opting out of awarding Rangers a penalty in their Champions League game against Sevilla. Smith insists Steven Naismith should have won a spot-kick in the first half but the referee ignored the claims in order to avoid showing Abdoulay Konko a red card. After the 4-1 defeat, Smith said: He opted out of what was a very clear-cut decision. Kanu see him playing in Oz lKANU has emerged as a surprise transfer target for A-League side Gold Coast United who are hoping to land the Portsmouth striker on a guest contract in December. Gold Coast boss Miron Bleiberg hopes to recruit Kanu for a nine- game spell on a guest contract in the A-League. Hes still a potent force, still very inventive and still able to make a huge impact at a high level, so he would be a coup for the A-League, said Bleiberg. Tevez would do an Adebayor lMANCHESTER CITY star Carlos Tevez says he will celebrate if he scores against bitter rivals United in their next derby clash. The Argentine refused to milk his goals against another of his former clubs West Ham on Monday, but wouldnt be so reserved against United, whose fans have turned against him following his summer move. He said: If I score in the next derby then I am sure that I will celebrate. Alves implores Barca to focus lBARCELONA defender Dani Alves admits his side still need to sharpen up in Europe despite moving to the top of their Champions League group with a 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev. Pep Guardiolas side were still not at their best and were perhaps fortunate not to have conceded at least once. In the Champions League we are still giving away too many chances to our opponents. said Alves. City can Cruz to the league title lROQUE SANTA CRUZ insists Manchester City are capable of winning the Premier League this season. The Paraguayan striker was one of Citys major summer signings and he made his debut in Monday nights 3-1 victory over West Ham. He said: We all came here to help the team get to the top. We are looking to do that now. Everybody has been doing a fantastic job. MAN UTD V WolfsbUrg GROUP B, 7.45PM (ITV1 from 7.30pm) group b P W D L F A PTs WOLFsBURG 1 1 0 0 3 1 3 MAn UTD 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 BesIkTAs 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 CskA MOsCOW 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 CHELSEA winger Florent Malouda insists the Blues are determined to shakeoff theirWiganwoesbymaintain- ing an unbeaten start to this seasons Champions League campaign at Apoel Nicosia tonight. Carlo Ancelottis unblemished record asChelseacoachcametoacrushingend on Saturday as Wigan destroyed them 3-1 a defeat that allowed Manchester United to regain top spot in the Bar- clays Premier League. Chelsea captain John Terry and the suspended Didier Drogba have both strongly criticised the teams perform- ance against the Latics and Malouda revealed the anger was already evident at half-time. He (John) started first with the play- ers, revealed Malouda. Everybody spoke at half-time in the dressing room but that stays with the players. The players know it wasnt a good performance and not the level we expect of Chelsea. Whenyoulosethewaywedid,nobody can be happy with that. We spoke and now we have the opportunity to react and, I would say, to act. Against Wigan we were always react- ing and were late with everything. Now we have an opportunity in another competition. Were first in this group and have come here to win. Were not thinking about Wigan. It was a bad result. We come here looking for a good result. We didnt put all the ingredients in to win as we did in the first six games. We know that, even if we are a good team, if we dont put all the ingredients in, we wont win. Every team we play is very organised and wants to beat us. If we are not pre- pared for that, we can have trouble against any team. We know that and we dont want that to happen at any time. We spoke because it was not a good performance. But we also speak together when were win- ning. We try to analyse things and look at the mistakes. We do that even when weve won. We want to correct whats wrong, and tomorrow is a good opportunity. Malouda was not surprised the side incurred the wrath of Ancelotti. The normallyplacidcoachwasseethingwith anger but the winger added: When you lose like we did, it would be a surprise if he was sitting there laughing on the bench, so it was a normal reaction. Butwehavecomeherehopingtotake another step towards qualifying by win- ning the game. group d P W D L F A PTs Chelsea 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 APOeL nICOsIA 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 A MADRID 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 FC PORTO 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 OBAFEMI MARTINS claims Manchester United are less predictable without Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. Most pundits assumed United would struggle without the high-profile duo, who quit Old Trafford for Real Madrid and Manchester City during the summer. But so far, such views have proved less than accurate. On the back of seven successive wins, United have clambered to the Barclays Premier League summit, whilst also opening their current Champions League campaign with a highly significant triumph over Besiktas in Istanbul. Tonight, Martins hopes to help his new club, Wolfsburg, halt that run at Old Trafford. But the Nigerian knows it will be not be easy. The former Newcastle star has previously scored at Old Trafford, but he feels this United has more options than the ones he has encountered before. Even without Ronaldo and Tevez, I would say you face the same problems playing against United, he said. In fact they are playing much better than before. When Ronaldo was on the pitch, everyone looked to him. But now United have a lot of players who can change a game. Verbal volley: Florent Malouda says there were heated words after the Wigan defeat index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html