LITESPORT London Lite Thursday, 22 October 2009 43 TURNS IT BACK ON ban imposed by FIFA until it reaches a verdict on their appeal. If the Court of Arbitration for Sport grants their interim request in the com- ing weeks, the club could be allowed to sign players during the January transfer window. GROUP A P W D L F A PTS BORDEAUX 3 2 1 0 4 2 7 JUVENTUS 3 1 2 0 2 1 5 B MUNICH 3 1 1 1 4 2 4 M HAIFA 3 0 0 3 0 5 0 HOW THEY STAND AT THE HALF-WAY STAGE GROUP B P W D L F A PTS MAN UTD 3 3 0 0 4 1 9 WOLFSBURG 3 1 1 1 4 3 4 CSKA MOSCOW 3 1 0 2 3 5 3 BESIKTAS 3 0 1 2 1 3 1 GROUP C P W D L F A PTS AC MILAN 3 2 0 1 5 4 6 REAL MADRID 3 2 0 1 10 5 6 MARSEILLE 3 1 0 2 2 5 3 FC ZURICH 3 1 0 2 3 6 3 GROUP D P W D L F A PTS CHELSEA 3 3 0 0 6 0 9 FC PORTO 3 2 0 1 4 2 6 APOEL FC 3 0 1 2 1 3 1 ATLETICO 3 0 1 2 0 6 1 GROUP E P W D L F A PTS LYON 3 3 0 0 7 1 9 FIORENTINA 3 2 0 1 6 4 6 LIVERPOOL 3 1 0 2 2 4 3 DEBRECEN 3 0 0 3 3 9 0 GROUP F P W D L F A PTS BARCELONA 3 1 1 1 3 2 4 DYNAMO KIEV 3 1 1 1 5 5 4 RUBIN KAZAN 3 1 1 1 4 5 4 INTER MILAN 3 0 3 0 3 3 3 GROUP G P W D L F A PTS SEVILLA 3 3 0 0 9 2 9 UNIREA URZI 3 1 1 1 5 4 4 STUTTGART 3 0 2 1 3 5 2 RANGERS 3 0 1 2 3 9 1 GROUP H P W D L F A PTS ARSENAL 3 2 1 0 6 3 7 OLYMPIAKOS 3 2 0 1 3 3 6 ALKMAAR 3 0 2 1 2 3 2 STD LIEGE 3 0 1 2 4 6 1 Strachan about to be unveiled MIDDLESBROUGH chairman Steve Gibson was today finalising his move to appoint Gordon Strachan (left) as the clubs new manager. The 52-year-old Scot is expected to be confirmed as Gareth Southgates replacement within the next 24 hours before a press conference tomorrow. Boro confirmed today that coach Colin Cooper, assisted by Steve Agnew and Stephen Pears, will be in charge of the team for Saturdays Championship trip to Preston, although former Celtic and Coventry boss Strachan could watch the team from the stands at Deepdale.Going great Guns: Robin van Persie ROBIN VAN PERSIE believes Arsenal are poised to pounce as their rivals struggle to stay on track this season. With Liverpool and Manchester United doing battle at Anfield on Sunday, Arsenals visit to West Ham gains extra significance. Van Persie, unfazed by Arsenals 1-1 draw at Alkmaar on Tuesday, said: It looks like the title race will be tighter this season. If you look at last weekend, Liverpool dropped points and Chelsea were also beaten. We have played eight games now, and won six, so at the moment, it is looking good for us. We must stay consistent against the smaller teams and keep getting the three points. Last season in this period, we had four draws back-to-back. Only time will show if we are stronger now, so we will have to see. Robins Reds best-placed to swoop as the title rivals slip BY DAVID DIBBLE Hit and kiss: Lampard celebrates as hes back on the goal trail after a ten-match drought YOU WAIT FOR ONE GOAL, THEN... AFTEREIGHTMATCHESWITHOUTAGOAL BETWEENNOVEMBERANDDECEMBER 2006FRANKLAMPARDTHENWENTON TOSCORE... 10IN14GAMES NOGOALSINTENBETWEENNOVEMBER ANDDECEMBER2008,HETHENSCORES... 6IN7GAMES NOGOALSINEIGHTBETWEENAPRILAND MAY2009,HETHENSCORES... 3IN3GAMES CSKA MOSCOW.....0 MAN UNITED..........1 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, GROUP B Forget Ronaldo, Valencia is more like shy Scholes time since April, is glad hes playing with, rather than against Valencia. Hes got a lot of quality, hes very strong and quick, said Neville. Hes like an old-fashioned winger who likes to get crosses into the box. Hes a constant threat to the defender, always on the shoulder and tonight in the second half he was getting behind them all the time. We played quite a few balls in behind their left back and Antonio made it very difficult. Brazil teenager Fabio made an impressive European debut before being withdrawn with cramp, but is expected to feature in the squad for the visit to Anfield. BY JAMES GOLDMAN ANTONIO VALENCIA was bought as a direct replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, but Rio Ferdinand believes his selfless attitude makes him comparable to Paul Scholes, rather than the flashy Portuguese. After a nervous start to his Manchester United career, following a 17m move from Wigan in the summer, the Ecuador winger is beginning to look the part. He scored what turned out to be the winner in Saturdays Premier League win over Bolton, and his late strike in Moscow last night saw United all but book their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League. And Ferdinand, who was substituted in the 57th minute as a precaution ahead of Sundays derby match against Liverpool, feels the 24-year- olds behaviour, on and off the pitch, is reminiscent of the way veteran midfielder Scholes has conducted himself throughout his distinguished career. I think Antonio Valencia is in the Paul Scholes mould, in the way that he approaches the game, said the England defender. Hes a very humble lad. He comes in and does his work and then goes home. Hes most comfortable out on the football pitch. Hes been very impressive so far and Im sure hell keep improving. Hes scoring goals now as well, which is great. Garry Neville knows a thing or two about combating speedy wingers, having played with and against the best over the course of the last 16 years. And the 34-year-old, who appears to be over his injury struggles having come through back-to-back first team games for the first Rio hails scorer Antonio Moscow mule: Valencia is impressing by doing the donkey work for United 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.html