Tidbits: Fernando Torres Fitness, Chelsea’s Blues & more

Ahh Rafa Benitez has made my day! He announced on the clubs Official Site that Nando’s recovery has been a positive one thus far, and hinted that he could give the Spainard a run this weekend against Blackburn Rovers

Said the Boss: “He has to keep training with the fitness coach, but if he is feeling better maybe he can be involved in normal training sessions and afterwards we can decide.”

Till then, here’s some training pics:

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has singled out Cristiano Ronaldo as the single most important signing that he’s made in the past decade: “He [Ronaldo] was fantastic. Just a marvellous player,” the United boss told Inside United.

“We missed out on Ronaldinho but it was the same summer we signed Ronaldo which more than softened the blow. We’d agreed a deal with Ronaldinho but all of a sudden, whatever happened with Peter Kenyon and the other agents, the deal fell apart.”

SAF also made special mention of veteran Ryan Giggs, saying that the Welshman was the man of the decade “For his unbelievable service and the high standards he continues to set.”
The Carling Cup saw a young Arsenal side get owned by Manchester City. Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Vladimir Weiss all scored in the second half to ensure City’s place in the semi final. While it was a good display of football, the managers were less than classy. Wenger complained that his Man. City Counter-part, Mark Hughes had left the technical area. And after the match, Wenger refused to shake hands with Hughes. Said Hughes: “Maybe he’s used to winning games and when he does lose sometimes he doesn’t know how to behave.”

Wenger replied: “I think I have nothing to say. I am free to shake hands with whom I want after the game.”

Read the Article: BBC Football
The Big Carling Cup shock came in the form of Blackburn Rovers beating Chelsea in penalties.

The Match ended even at 3 goals each. Rovers keepr Paul Robinson stopped Gaël Kakuta’s penalty, and that separated the teams. so Rovers are through to the semis, and Chelsea are out of the running of something for the first time this season…bummer. The Match report: The Telegraph

In the aftermath of the defeat, the big Chlelsea boss Ancelotti has come out to defend his decision to rest key players.

“This is good for our season,” said Ancelotti, “I wanted to see our young players. I think they did a good job. It was a good opportunity to gain experience.”

Chelsea were also hit with the news that Kalou will be out for two weeks after sustaining an injury to his thigh during the match :-/

And finally, the Barca boys scrub up good!

If you love the Blaugranas, you should head over to Videos to check out the latest FC Barcelona photoshoot

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