50 Monday, 5 October 2009 London Lite DROGBA:ITSChelseas hitmanis lookingat Premtitle BY GEOFF TEATHER AngryZolainsistshegetsonwithNani Only way is up: Gianfranco Zola Inbrief United explain Foster absence MANCHESTER UNITED have claimed that Ben Foster has been ruled out of Englands World Cup double-header against Ukraine and Belarus with a chest injury. The Football Association did not specify Fosters injury when the squad was released last night, but now United have stated that the 26-year-old is being investigated for an injury sustained during Saturdays 2-2 draw with Sunderland. Cruyff questions Messis contract JOHAN CRUYFF believes Barcelona were wrong to extend Lionel Messis contract until 2016 and feels they did so because they feared the spending power of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. The Catalan giants tied their star player to a new long-term deal last month, making him the best paid player at the club. Barca legend Cruyff said: To extend his deal from now until 2016 seems excessive to me. Platt linked to Svens County FORMER England star David Platt could be hooking up with his old friend Sven Goran Eriksson at Notts County. The club are lining him up to take over from manager Ian McParland, reports the Daily Mirror. Ambitious County were held 1-1 at Cheltenham on Saturday. Platt, 43, has been out of football since an uncomfortable spell at Nottingham Forest, before taking charge of Englands Under-21s. Barrys resolve noted by Sparky GARETH BARRY has turned out to be a better buy for Manchester City than Mark Hughes expected. The England midfielder was a 12m summer purchase from Aston Villa and Hughes is backing his enforcer to impress against his old side this evening. Hughes said: Gareth will want to put on a show to answer those people who questioned why he left. He will find an extra drive. Live, ESPN from 7pm. Kick-off 8pm. Millers elated by vital victory KENNY MILLER fired Rangers to within touching distance of Celtic again - then admitted the prospect of falling seven points behind their bitter rivals was unthinkable. As it was, two early goals from Miller proved to be enough for Rangers to win 2-1 and slash Celtics lead to a single point. It was a massive win for us, said the striker. Even at this early stage, going seven points behind wasnt even worth thinking about. DIDIER DROGBA believes Chelseas winoverLiverpoolhasprovedtheyhave learnedfromthemistakesof lastseason andarenowontracktotakethePremier League title back to Stamford Bridge. Chelseas 2-0 victory yesterday saw Carlo Ancelottis team move two points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table and put them six points ahead of Rafael Benitezs Reds, who now look like title outsiders. Last season the Blues picked up just four points from a possible 18 against United,LiverpoolandArsenal,andwere beaten at home by the latter two, but after passing their biggest test of the campaign so far, Drogba believes Chel- sea will go from strength to strength. Wehavelearnedthatabigpartof our losing the title last year was our results against the big teams, said Drogba. We drew at home against Manchester United, and we losthereagainstLiverpooland Arsenal, so we wanted to change that trend this season. We want to be the team who wins these games against the big teams, and be at the top of the league. Its only the first game against a top-four team, but it was important to win it to show that we really want to be champions. We will be there. If the other teams want to win the title this season, they will have to fight us hard. ThistriumphputChelsea backontrackafteratricky patch which saw them suf- fer a shock 3-1 defeat at Wigan last weekend and gain an unconvincing 1-0 away win against Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League. Had they lost yesterday, comparisons wouldhavebeendrawnwiththeregime of Luiz Felipe Scolari, which tailed off spectacularly after Liverpool won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in October last year. But although the defeat at Wigan still rankles, Drogba is confident that it could prove a blessing in disguise, as it gave the Blues the wake-up call they neededaftersixstraightvictoriesinthe League. He said: Wigan was a disappoint- ment, because if you want to win the league, you cant afford to lose many games like this. The good thing is that we reacted. The main thing was a change in the attitude, which was much better against Liverpool. Liverpool, on the other hand, looked completely lost as Torres was starved Blues brothers: Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack celebrate after Florent Maloudas losing the title last year was our teams,bigtheagainstresults againsthomeatdrewWe weandUnited,Manchester andLiverpoolagainstherelost towantedwesoArsenal, change that trend this season. We want to be the team who theagainstgamesthesewins big teams, and be at the top gamerstfitheonlyIts against a top-four team, but toitwintoimportantwasit show that we really want to will beWechampions.be teamsothertheIfthere. thistitlethewintowant tohavewilltheyseason, lastWiganatdefeat3-1shockafer 1-0unconvincingangainandweekend inNicosiaApoelagainstwinaway the Champions League. regimethewithdrawnbeenhavewould offtailedwhichScolari,FelipeLuizof spectacularly after Liverpool won 1-0 year.lastOctoberinBridgeStamfordat But although the defeat at Wigan still itthatdentconfiisDrogbarankles, itasdisguise,inblessingaprovecould Blues brothers: Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack celebrate after Florent Maloudas CHELSEA ..... 2 LIVERPOOL.. 0 LITESPORTLITESPORT WEST HAM ...2 FULHAM........2 GIANFRANCO ZOLA today vehemently denied rumours of a rift with West Ham technical director Gianluca Nani but admitted his team lost faith during yesterdays 2-2 draw with Fulham. West Ham, second from bottom in the Premier League, salvaged a late point thanks to a deflected shot by Junior Stanislas. But Zola, whose team have won only once this season, criticised his players attitude after going behind to 10-man Fulham, who had South African Kagisho Dikgacoi controversially sent off. Zola was unhappy the way his side, who took a 15th-minute lead through Carlton Cole, caved in when first Danny Murphy equalised through a penalty and then Zoltan Gera took advantage of a goalkeeping mistake by Robert Green to score Fulhams second. The West Ham manager, who continues to have the full support of chief executive Scott Duxbury, was even more upset by speculation that he had clashed with Nani over the clubs transfer dealings. Zola said: This is a total lie and who said this will have to be prepared to give us proof I had a fight with Gianluca. My relationship with Gianluca and Scott Duxbury is wonderful. I have always said that what we are doing here we are doing together. This is a total false thing. Fulham boss Roy Hodgson said: The last week has been excellent for us. We played very well against Arsenal and Basle and showed great character here. 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