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Sky Sports Today - 11th December

  • [sunny] GOOD MORNING
    A very warm welcome to Sky Sports Today. On the agenda today is a look back to Manchester City's superb 3-2 away to Bayern Munich and also all the build-up to tonight's Champions League games involving Arsenal and Chelsea. And, of course, there'll also be plenty of Ashes chat too as we look ahead to the third Test between England and Australia.
    12/11/2013 8:59:53 AM
  • CITY CONFUSION [manchestercity]
    First up, the bizarre story that Manuel Pellegrini appeared to be unaware that Manchester City needed only one more goal against Bayern Munich to top their UEFA Champions League group. James Milner confirmed that impression later:
    We didn't know if 4-2 would be enough or if we would need 5-2. We thought it needed to be 5-2 to be honest.
    12/11/2013 9:09:28 AM
  • HARD TO BELIEVE [manchestercity]
    Our Champions League panel - Graeme Souness, Glenn Hoddle and Jamie Carragher - find it incredible that Manuel Pellegrini didn't realise just one more goal against Bayern Munich would put Manchester City on top of Group D.
    12/11/2013 9:17:13 AM
  • PAPER TALK [football]

    Here are the key lines from today's back pages...

    • Young 'not good enough' and Rio 'ridiculous'... Roy Keane lays into Manchester United (Daily Mail)
    • Jose Mourinho does not rate his Chelsea side among the favourites to win the Champions League. (Daily Telegraph)
    • Arsenal's players have been put under a security lockdown with growing fears over their safety because of local fans in Naples. (Daily Mirror)

    • Roy Keane and Jose Mourinho are making the back pages of today's papers

    12/11/2013 9:20:42 AM
  • SMITH ON GUNNERS [arsenal]
    Sky Sports News Radio are talking with Alan Smith LIVE in Naples at 9.30am – will Arsenal play for the draw they need or go all out for victory against Rafa Benitez's Napoli?
    12/11/2013 9:24:38 AM
  • [arsenal] ONLY THE BEST WILL DO
    Arsene Wenger has insisted there is no danger of Arsenal becoming complacent against Napoli as they look to tie up UEFA Champions League qualification. The Gunners have travelled to Italy with a three-point lead at the top of Group F, knowing a draw would be good enough to secure first place and they could even progress if they lose.
    Benitez has a very big experience, is a very intelligent manager, so I know he will prepare his team well. The only way we can counter that is to be at our best and put in a good performance as an average performance will not be good enough.

    12/11/2013 9:29:12 AM
  • [manchesterunited] UNITED PROGRESS
    Manchester United may have been struggling in the Premier League but they are through to the last 16 of the Champions League as Group A winners after a narrow 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk last night. Manager David Moyes was pleased to return to winning ways after a couple of home defeats domestically and expressed his delight at progressing to the knockout stages.
    When you get near the top you want to win the group. We had the game in Sociedad where we should have won and we ended up drawing, so we maybe would have had this wrapped up long before now. 

    12/11/2013 9:40:51 AM
  • [snow]SNOW WOE
    Galatasaray's Champions League game with Juventus had to be abandoned after 33 minutes last night due to a snowstorm in Istanbul. But fear not! The remainder of the game will be played out today. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 2 HD from 12:55pm today. If you are unable to see the match, we will keep you up to date with regular updates from the Turk Telecom Arena.
    Felipe Melo is determined to enjoy the snow.
    12/11/2013 9:43:59 AM
  • [recommend] MY SPECIAL DAY
    We had some amazing reaction to this last week and we're sure you'll be equally blown away by this week's episode in which inspirational teenager and fight fan Tyler White meets his hero Carl Froch.
    12/11/2013 9:54:19 AM
  • PLAYERS DUE IN COURT [football]
    Two players at the centre of an alleged match-fixing scandal are due to appear before magistrates in Birmingham later today. Follow all the news from the court here and also on Sky Sports News
    12/11/2013 9:56:05 AM
  • [championsleague] KING HENRY
    Arsenal’s clash with Napoli is live on Sky Sports 2HD tonight and Thierry Henry is in the Champions League studio. As a special treat, we’ve picked out some of the Frenchman’s great goals and are giving you the chance to vote for his best one. He scored a staggering 226 times for the Gunners and many of them were absolute crackers, so it is a tough choice to pick out his finest effort for the club.
    12/11/2013 10:13:00 AM
  • PRIOR WARNING [cricket]
    Let's focus on the Ashes now and first a word from England wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who  is determined to do his talking on the pitch as England attempt to put right the wrongs of the first two Tests. The tourists must avoid defeat in Perth otherwise the series is over.
    It is all well and good me sitting here talking about fight and hunger and everything, but the only way we are going to show how much fight and hunger we have got is out on that cricket pitch.
    12/11/2013 10:22:11 AM
  • NO LETTING UP [cricket]
    Paceman Mitchell Johnson has defended Australia's aggressive stance and warned England they face more punishment. when the third Ashes Test begins in Perth on Friday morning.
    12/11/2013 10:25:51 AM
  • LYON SET TO GET NOD [cricket]
    Australia coach Darren Lehmann has admitted spinner Nathan Lyon is likely to retain his place for the third Ashes Test in Perth.
    It's going to be hot weather here - it's 35 degrees and getting up to 40 on Monday - so I think we'll play the spinner.
    12/11/2013 10:29:09 AM
  • EVERYONE FAIR GAME [cricket]
    Our cricket correspondent Tim Abraham tells Sky Sports News Radio that he too is getting stick from the Australian media and fans!
    12/11/2013 10:33:39 AM
  • [chelsea] JOSE’S NO DUMMY
    Chelsea take on Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League tonight, live on Sky Sports 3HD, knowing a win will guarantee top spot in Group E. Jose Mourinho will be hoping for an improved defensive display after seeing his side concede six goals in their past two games, but says he has no plans change his tactics. He does, however, admit that he has lost confidence in Chelsea’s ability to keep out corners.
    Maybe you laugh but I think, in this moment, if we train defensive corners, against the dummies, I think one dummy will score!
    12/11/2013 10:50:24 AM
  • [celtic] GREAT OCCASION
    Celtic’s hopes of making it through in the Champions League have already sadly ended, but tonight they have a chance to claim a famous European victory away to Barcelona, in a game that can be seen live on Sky Sports 4HD. Ahead of the match, manager Neil Lennon has launched a robust defence of the club’s supporters.
    I'm very much looking forward to the atmosphere as much as the game on Wednesday because I think it will be a great occasion.

    12/11/2013 11:03:57 AM
  • [arsenal] HOT RECEPTION
    A fierce atmosphere awaits Arsenal as they look to ensure qualification against a Napoli side also looking to get through.
    12/11/2013 11:12:20 AM
  • [recommend] MY SPECIAL DAY
    Some great feedback coming in. Scroll back to 9:54 to watch this great story...

    12/11/2013 11:17:58 AM
  • [arsenal] STRIKING TALENT
    Olivier Giroud is 13/2 with Sky Bet to score the first goal when Arsenal take on Napoli tonight. Another French striker will be looking on....

    12/11/2013 11:26:19 AM
    England Twenty20 opener Michael Lumb is happy to sign a new three-year contract with Nottinghamshire.

    12/11/2013 11:27:55 AM
    Katherine Brunt, Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole are back in the England squad for the Ashes defence in Australia.

    12/11/2013 11:43:55 AM
  • [added-minutes] HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    There's a number of footballers, both past and present, celebrating birthdays today. Can you guess how old they are? (answers at 12:30)
    • Nigel Winterburn
    • Fabrizio Ravanelli
    • Stig Inge Bjornebye
    • Javier Saviola
    • Leighton Baines
    12/11/2013 11:45:33 AM
  • [recommend] WHAT IS WYSCOUT?
    Wyscout is one of the most powerful tools in the whole of world football. Our man Graeme Bailey has been taking a look at the impact of one of the most revolutionary developments to ever impact on the game. If you have ever played any edition of FIFA on the PlayStation or Football Manager on your PC and thought the ability to access a database of every player in the world, see his stats etc and lodge a bid was totally unrealistic, you may wish to reconsider.

    12/11/2013 11:47:16 AM
  • [championsleague] Just over an hour to go until Galatasaray's clash with Juventus is scheduled to resume. The match was suspended due to snow after 33 minutes last night, and the remainder can be seen live on Sky Sports 2HD.

    12/11/2013 11:57:20 AM
  • [realmadrid] RAMPANT REAL
    Real Madrid clinched top spot in Group B last night as Cristiano Ronaldo set a record for the most goals in the group stages of the Champions League in a 2-0 victory over FC Copenhagen.
    12/11/2013 12:09:45 PM
  • [manchestercity] CITY PRIDE
    Manchester City’s players have been savouring a wonderful 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich last night, even if it was not quite enough to seal top spot in the group.

    12/11/2013 12:21:09 PM
  • [added-minutes] GUESS THE AGE ANSWERS
    Did you guess how old these birthday boys were? Answers here:
    • Nigel Winterburn 50
    • Fabrizio Ravanelli 45
    • Stig Inge Bjornebye 44
    • Javier Saviola 32
    • Leighton Baines 29

    Ravanelli: Looked 45 in his 20s!
    12/11/2013 12:33:58 PM
    Betting investigator Michael Pride talks through the process of fixing, and says associations must be more proactive to prevent it.
    12/11/2013 12:51:22 PM
  • GALATASARAY v JUVENTUS [championsleague]
    Last night's abandoned game will resume in a few minutes at 1pm. Follow updates here or tune in to SS2 or watch online via the Events Centre.

    12/11/2013 12:54:22 PM
  • PAPER TALK [football]

    • MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: Man Utd are losing out to Man City in the chase for Argentine youngster Bruno Zuculini
    • EXPRESS & STAR: Everton are monitoring West Bromforward Shane Long.
    • WATFORD OBSERVER: Gianfranco Zola says the reports of corruption in football make him "sick".

    12/11/2013 12:56:11 PM
  • [tottenham] ROSE POISED TO RETURN
    Tottenham defender Danny Rose may make a surprise comeback against Anzhi
    Makhachkala in the Europa League on Thursday following a
    lengthy absence with a toe injury.

    12/11/2013 12:58:45 PM
  • GALATASARAY 0-0 JUVENTUS [galatasaray]

    Here is a quick reminder of the teams and subs.  

    Galatasaray: Muslera, Chedjou, Kaya, Zan, Eboue, Felipe Melo,Inan, Riera, Sneijder, Burak Yilmaz, Drogba. Subs: Ceylan, Gulselam, Nounkeu, Bulut, Bruma, Kurtulus, Colak.

    Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pogba, Marchisio, Asamoah, Llorente, Tevez. Subs: Storari, Caceres, Ogbonna, Giovinco, Padoin, Quagliarella, Isla.

    12/11/2013 1:01:14 PM
  • GALATASARAY 0-0 JUVENTUS [galatasaray]
    We are off and running in Turkey and yes the snow is coming down - the pitch looks a real bog too.
    12/11/2013 1:03:07 PM
  • It's not a bad picture - it's the snow coming down in Turkey as Gala take on Juve

    12/11/2013 1:06:59 PM
  • GALATASARAY 0-0 JUVENTUS [galatasaray]
    Both teams trying to settle in difficult conditions with Galatasaray requiring a victory to progress from Group B instead of Juventus.
    12/11/2013 1:13:01 PM
  • [half-time] GALATASARAY 0-0 JUVENTUS
    Short first half ends in Istanbul as Juventus coach Bruno Conti enters the pitch to talk with match officials – presumably about the tricky conditions.
    12/11/2013 1:20:06 PM
  • [galatasaray] GALATASARAY 0-0 JUVENTUS
    Sky Bet have in-running betting on this match and go 7/2 Galatasaray, 11/8 Juventus and 6/5 the draw.
    12/11/2013 1:22:46 PM
  • [galatasaray] GALATASARAY 0-0 JUVENTUS
    Second half starts in snowy Istanbul.
    12/11/2013 1:32:11 PM
  • [galatasaray] GALATASARAY 0-0 JUVENTUS
    Not that much snow at the moment but the orange ball is in play.
    12/11/2013 1:38:57 PM
  • [galatasaray] GALATASARAY 0-0 JUVENTUS
    Wesley Sneijder tries his luck from the edge of the penalty area but his shot swings wide of the Juventus goal.
    12/11/2013 1:42:03 PM
    Galatasaray denied as Buffon gets down to save a powerful drive by Drogba from 18 yards.
    12/11/2013 1:46:01 PM
  • [free-kick] GALATASARAY 0-0 JUVENTUS
    Burak is wasteful with his free-kick from 20 yards as he puts the ball well over the target.
    12/11/2013 1:49:30 PM
  • [galatasaray] GALATASARAY 0-0 JUVENTUS
    It's still 0-0 in Turkey

    12/11/2013 2:02:09 PM
  • [galatasaray] GALATASARAY 0-0 JUVENTUS
    Inside the last 15 minutes in Istanbul now with the ball sticking, players slipping and sliding - this is like watching football played in a bowl of porridge.
    12/11/2013 2:04:40 PM
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