Around Europe in Sixty Seconds

AC Milan coach, Massimiliano Allegri has lauded Mario Balotelli for keeping his cool despite boos and provocative chants from Inter’s fans during last night della derby madoninna which saw Inter Milan and AC Milan share the spoils in a 1:1 draw.

Manchester City striker and ‘Bosnian Jewel’, Edin Dzeko has re-echoed his desire to return to the Bundesliga. Dzeko who joined his current employers from German club Wolfsburg, has become increasingly frustrated with limited first team opportunities. Borrusia Dortmund is the team linked with City star, and their coach Jurgen Klopp speaks highly of Dzeko recently describing him as “extra-ordinary”.

Le Spice Boy, David Beckam was delighted after making his debut for nouveau riche Paris Saint-Germain in the Classique league encounter between PSG and Olympique Marseille. Beckam, who came in for Javier Pastore to a rousing reception in the 76th minute, enthused that it was a ‘special’ night for him. With the tie delicately poised at 1:0 after Nicolas N’Koulou own goal, Beckam chipped an exquisite ball to Veratti who passed for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to put the game beyond the reach of Marseille. PSG ended the night with a 2-0 victory over Marseille.

Meanwhile, Italian and PSG sensation, Marco Verratti has expressed his desire to learn the secrets of David Beckam. The 37 year old Englishman who joined PSG from MLS during the January transfer window was in fine form in his debut match last night. Lucas Moura also heaped praise on Beckam, describing him as a “master”.

Germany and Arsenal defender, Per Mertesacker has praised fellow team mate Santi Cazorla for his goal heroics against Aston Villa which sustained Arsenal’s desperate push for a top-four finish. The dimunitive Spaniard who netted a brace in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, was described by d German as a ‘perfect’ player.

In a related development, embattled Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has remained defiant that his charges can overtake both Chelsea and Tottenham to 3rd place as race for UEFA Champion League qualification spot intensifies. The Gunners trail the Blues with two points with eleven matches to go. But he was quick to concede that an atmosphere of frail confidence clouds the team after a series of disappointing results against Bradford (Capital One Cup), Blackburn (FA Cup), and Bayern Munich (UEFA CL).

Swansea on Sunday, 24th February 2013 romped league two side Bradford 5-0 in the final of Capital One Cup in Wembley to clinch their first-ever major trophy. Goals from Nathan Dyer (2), De Guzman (2), and Michu (1) recorded the biggest winning margin in the competition’s history.

European fixtures tonight:
England – Premier League
West Ham United 0 vs 0 Tottenham Hotspur 21 : 00

ÔüáItaly – Serie A
Udinese 0 vs 0 Napoli 19 : 00
Lazio 0 vs 0 Pescara 21 : 00

ÔüáSpain – Primera Divisi├│n
Levante 0 vs 0 Osasuna 21 : 00