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Tuesday 24. February 2004 - 18:33

Champions League matches on Wednesday

Team news and probable line-ups for Wednesday's matches in the first knockout round of the Champions League:


Goalkeeper Jose Molina and holding midfielder Mauro Silva sat out training on Monday as a precaution but both should be fit for Wednesday.

Albert Luque walked out of that training session early after a heated conversation with Javier Irureta but the coach played down the incident and the Spanish international forward should play in a left-sided attacking role, behind Diego Tristan.

Juventus coach Marcello Lippi is hoping to have French striker David Trezeguet back to fitness after the former Monaco forward missed Sunday's 1-0 Serie A win at Bologna with a thigh strain.

Lippi has all his squad avaliable, except for the injured Croatian Igor Tudor, so Trezeguet will almost certainly partner Alessandro Del Piero in attack with Marco Di Vaio dropping to the bench.

In central midfield Alessio Tacchinardi and Ghanaian Stephen Appiah are favourites to start. Nicola Legrottaglie is set to partner Paolo Montero in the centre of defence with the experienced Ciro Ferrara starting among the substitutes.

Probable teams:

Deportivo Coruna: 1-Jose Molina, 12-Lionel Scaloni, 14-Jorge Andrade, 4-Noureddine Naybet, 3-Enrique Romero, 18-Victor, 6-Mauro Silva, 8-Sergio, 19-Albert Luque, 21-Juan Carlos Valeron, 9- Diego Tristan.

Juventus: 1-Gianluigi Buffon, 21-Lilian Thuram, 23-Nicola Legrottaglie, 4-Paolo Montero, 19-Gianluca Zambrotta, 16-Mauro Camoranesi, 3-Alessio Tacchinardi, 18-Stephen Appiah, 11-Pavel Nedved, 10-Alessandro Del Piero, 17-David Trezeguet.

Referee: Gilles Veissiere (France).


Porto wingers Sergio Conceicao and Br azilian Maciel Cunha are ineligible and will be replaced by Carlos Alberto and Edgaras Jankauskas.

Midfielder Maniche Ribeiro (ankle) is doubtful but in the squad. Francisco Costinha is suspended so Russian Dmitri Alenichev steps in. Winger Cesar Peixoto, Br azilian striker Derlei Silva and midfielder Marco Ferreira are out injured.
"We're going to face the game with courage and joy," said coach Jose Mourinho whose team are seven points clear at the top of the Portuguese league.

Manchester United have run into further defensive problems with Frenchman Mikael Silvestre out for three weeks with an ankle injury.

Manager Alex Ferguson is already without suspended centre back Rio Ferdinand, while Wes Brown is not yet back to his best following a long injury absence.

Captain Roy Keane is set to start in the centre of defence alongside John O'Shea. In attack striker Louis Saha is expected to recover from a calf injury to make his Champions League debut.

Probable teams:

Porto: 99-Vitor Baia, 22-Paulo Ferreira, 2-Jorge Costa, 4-Ricardo Carvalho, 8-Nuno Valente, 15-Dmitri Alenichev, 23-Pedro Mendes, 10-Deco Souza, 19-Carlos Alberto, 77-Benni McCarthy, 9-Edgaras Jankauskas.

Manchester United: 14-Tim Howard, 2-Gary Neville, 16-Roy Keane, 22-John O'Shea, 25-Quinton Fortune, 8-Nicky Butt, 3-Phil Neville, 18-Paul Scholes, 11-Ryan Giggs, 9-Louis Saha, 10- Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Herbert Fandel (Germany).


Real Sociedad coach Raynald Denoueix will make a late decision on the fitness of former Russian international midfielder Valery Karpin, who has a troublesome right muscle strain.

South Korea's Lee Chun-soo is likely to step in if Karpin does not recover in time after being drafted into the 'first' team during training on Monday.

Denoueix will have to decide whether to play both Darko Kovacevic and Nihat Kahveci in attack, or to drop one of his two strikers to beef up the midfield.

Olympique Lyon, second in Ligue 1 four points adrift of leaders Monaco after beating Le Mans 2-0 on Saturday, will be without captain Claudio Cacapa who has a knee injury that may have ended his season.

Switzerland's Patrick Mueller will deputise for Cacapa alongside Br azilian Edmilson in defence as Lyon bid to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

Up front they will look to in-form Sidney Govou who scored in France's 2-0 victory against Belgium last week and netted the second goal in the win over Le Mans.

Probable teams:

Real Sociedad: 25-Sander Westerveld, 14- Aitor Lopez Rekarte, 7-Igor Jauregi, 6-Gabriel Schurrer, 3-Agustin Aranzabal, 4-Xabi Alonso, 18-Bittor Alkiza, 19-Lee Chun-soo, 17-Igor Gabilondo, 9-Darko Kovacevic, 15-Nihat Kahveci.

Olympique Lyon: 1-Gregory Coupet, 2-Eric Deflandre, 20-Patrick Mueller, 3-Edmilson, 12-Anthony Reveillere, 7- Mahamadou Diarra, 4-Mickael Essien, 8-Juninho Pernambucano, 11-Florent Malouda or 10-Eric Carriere, 14-Sidney Govou, 18-Peguy Luyindula.

Referee: Massimo De Santis (Italy).


VfB Stuttgart have no major injury worries but cannot field new Swiss signings Hakan Yakin and Marco Streller who are ineligible.

They warmed up in poor fashion with a 1-0 Bundesliga defeat at lowly Kaiserslautern on Saturday that left them 10 points behind leaders Werder Bremen.

Stuttgart won their three home games in the opening phase of the Champions League, including a 2-1 victory over Manchester United.

Under pressure Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri is without Romanian striker Adrian Mutu due to a thigh strain but may recall Ireland winger Damien Duff following his dislocated shoulder and Achilles problem.

Midfielders Juan Sebastian Veron (back) and Emmanuel Petit (knee) are still out but Argentina striker Hernan Crespo, who missed Chelsea's league defeat by Arsenal on Saturday with a high temperature, should be fit.

Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini (groin) is hoping to be ready for a match which is a repeat of the 1998 European Cup Winners' Cup final in Stockholm won 1-0 by Chelsea.

Probable teams:

VfB Stuttgart: 1-Timo Hildebrand, 2-Andreas Hinkel, 3-Boris Zivkovic, 5- Marcelo Bordon, 21-Philipp Lahm, 6-Fernando Meira, 20-Zvonimir Soldo, 7-Silvio Meissner, 15-Alexander Gleb, 22-Kevin Kuranyi, 19-Imre Szabics.

Chelsea: 23-Carlo Cudicini, 15-Mario Melchiot, 13-William Gallas, 26-John Terry, 18-Wayne Bridge, 30-Jesper Gronkjaer or 11-Damien Duff, 4- Claude Makelele, 8-Frank Lampard, 14- Geremi, 21-Hernan Crespo, 22-Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece).  
Provided by: Frank Henriksen
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