Breakfast Briefing: Red Devils crash and burn while Dortmund back to best
No surprises what our top headline is as Manchester United were left with egg on their faces following their 2-0 loss to Olympiakos in Piraeus. Red Devils manager David Moyes and captain Nemanja Vidic had spoken of UEFA Champions League redemption ahead of their last-16 first leg game in Greece, but Olympiakos had not read the script as goals to Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell sent the visitors home with their tails between their legs.
Moyes was left fishing for excuses again as he slammed his team's 'worst' Champions League display this term as they looked second-best for most of the night. Adrift in the Premier League table and out of both domestic cup competitions, the Red Devils have it all to do if they want to rescue their European campaign in the second leg.
Two goals in the opening five minutes sent Borussia Dortmund on their way in their Champions League tie, as they completed a pulsating 4-2 win away to Zenit St. Petersburg. Goals to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus gave Dortmund an early lead, before a brace to striker Robert Lewandowski sealed the win.
Head coach Jurgen Klopp was full of gushing praise for his team after the victory, claiming the German side was close to their fluent best. Dortmund had just come off an embarrassing league loss to struggling Hamburg, but Klopp was happy with the way they had bounced right back with this win.
An angry Jose Mourinho believes Samuel Eto'o has 'no reason to be upset' after the Chelsea boss was recorded making negative comments about his strikers. Berating the media for recording what he believed was a private conversation, Mourinho claimed his previous remarks were made in jest.
Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta has praised teammate Mathieu Flamini and his impact on the team since rejoining the club this season. The Frenchman's arrival was overshadowed by the deadline day mega deal for Mesut Ozil, but Arteta feels the midfielder has brought much-needed depth to the Gunners midfield.
Roberto Martinez has been left bemoaning his team's lack of striking options though, after Everton striker Lacina Traore was ruled out for 'a long period of time'. The giant striker had just arrived on loan from Monaco in January, but suffered a hamstring injury during the warm-up before the loss to Chelsea.
Carlo Ancelotti has backed on-form forward Jese Rodriguez to force his way into the Spanish squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The 20-year-old has turned in some impressive performances after breaking into the Real Madrid first team this season, and could very well play his way into national reckoning if he keeps it up in the coming months.
AS Roma have been fined €50,000 after crowd trouble during their Serie A clash against Bologna. Visiting fans attempted to break down a gate outside the ground in the build-up to the game, and also pelted police with missiles when they tried to intervene. Juventus have also been fined €25,000 after their fans displayed banners referencing the Superga air disaster in their 1-0 win over Torino.
Hamburg's Johan Djourou is keen to extend his stay at the club beyond this season despite the Bundesliga club's less than impressive campaign so far. The on-loan Arsenal defender has made 14 top-flight appearances since moving to HSV and feels he works well with new coach Mirko Slomka as they began his reign in impressive fashion with a 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking of BVB, head coach Jurgen Klopp has described the position of Germany boss as 'a very attractive proposition'. While revealing his interest in leading Germany at some point in his career , Klopp was at pains to insist any move into the international arena was a long way off.