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Criticism of Steven Gerrard is Unfair, Says Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts captain Steven Gerrard is no longer the driving force he was but insists it is wrong to write him off entirely.

And despite Gerrard's former team-mate Jamie Carragher suggesting it was time for the 34-year-old to be released from the defensive role which he believes he is unsuitable for, Rodgers has no intention of doing so.

Watch Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Sergio Aguero struck twice in the closing minutes to complete a hat-trick and revive Manchester City's Champions League hopes with a 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich.

City's challenge had looked all but over after Aguero's early penalty was cancelled out by quickfire goals from Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski before half-time.

Watch Schalke 0-5 Chelsea Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Roberto Di Matteo played down the talk of a revenge mission as Chelsea visited Gelsenkirchen to take on his Schalke side but it was embarrassment that greeted the Italian as the Blues eased into the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insisted in the build-up to this clash that his side needed to keep up their good form to avoid blowing their place at the head of Group G and ending up playing in the Europa League.

New Challenges Remain for Record-Breaking Messi

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Not content with the landmarks and trophies already scooped up in a 10-year Barcelona career, Lionel Messi this week reached twomilestones,breaking the records for the most number of goals in the UEFA Champions League and La Liga.

The Argentina captain shows no sign of letting up just yet.

Win a Chance to See Arsenal in Training With Vitality

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A usual day at the Arsenal F.C. training centre consists of a strict regime of shuttle runs, stretching and ball skills but at a recent shoot for official wellness partners of Arsenal FC Vitality the players took the opportunity to take a breather from training with a few casual selfies on an unguarded smartphone.

UEFA Champions League, Tuesday Matchday 5: TV Times and Open Thread

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For viewers in theUnited States, today's UEFA Champions League games will be shown across several channels. Don't forget, you can also see live highlights of the matches onFOX Soccer Plus's MultiMatch 90service.

CSKA Moscow vs AS Roma, Noon, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
BATE vs Porto, Noon,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Manchester City vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Schalke vs Chelsea, 2:45pm,FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO &FOX Soccer 2GO
APOEL vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, ESPN Deportes, FOX Sports Net &FOX Soccer 2GO
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Athletic, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Paris Saint-Germain vs Ajax, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3
Sporting Club vs Maribor, 2:45pm,FOX Soccer 2GO& ESPN3

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around theworld.

Premier League Team of the Week – Gameweek 12

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Based on the performances in the 10 matches played during Gameweek 12 of the Premier League, as well as utilizing stats from WhoScored, Squawka and TransferMarkt, here's my team of the weekend:


Fabianski [Swansea City] Lukasz Fabianski has been in great form for Swansea City this season.

Barcelona Weathered The Early Storm But Luis Enrique Expects More Struggles

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Heading into his side's Champions League Group F match against APOEL today (live on FOX Soccer 2GOat 2:45pm ET for viewers in the US), manager Luis Enrique has confessed that Barcelonahad a momentary drop in form following their 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in late October.

Questions about the manager's tactics, his man-management and the team's chemistry most notably the relationship on the pitch between Lionel Messi, Neymar and new-signing Luis Suarez -quickly surfaced in the Spanish press following the convincing defeat in El Clasico.

5 Recommended Blogs For Soccer Fans

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We all love perusing the excellent content here on World Soccer Talk—why else would you be here!?—but there are plenty of other wonderful blogs that provide excellent content when it comes to the coverage of the beautiful game.

So while we encourage you continue checking in here to find out the latest thoughts from The Gaffer, Pete Quinn or Kartik Krishnaiyer, here's some of other places on the website where you might get an additional soccer fix.

Brendan Rodgers Calls for More Aggression From Liverpool Players

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on his players to be more tenacious and aggressive in the wake of criticism his side is too soft.

After the 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Sunday, a match in which they took an early lead, former Reds vice-captain Jamie Carragher said they were bullied and mentally weak.

Real Madrid To Participate In 2015 International Champions Cup In Australia

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Victoria sports minister Damien Drum has confirmed that Real Madrid will take part in next summer's edition of the International Champions Cup (ICC) which will be held in Melbourne, Australia fromJuly 18-24. The Spanish giants will be making their debut appearance 'down under' and play their gamesat the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of 100,000.

UEFA Team Of The Year Shortlist Revealed; Bayern Munich Lead With 9 Nominations

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UEFA has revealed the40-man shortlist for its Team of the Year with German champions Bayern Munich leading the way with nine nominations. The nominees were determined based on their overall performances in European club football and international competitions. Thebest elevenwill be determined by fans via an online poll.

Poor Form of Premier League’s Top Clubs Making For The Most Competitive Season In Years

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If you were to ponder the current emotions of supporters from all 20 Premier League teams, only a small proportion would be completely contentwith the start their side has made to this engrossing season.

Chelsea and Southampton have began the campaign in spectacular fashion, while Newcastle United, Swansea City and West Ham United have also enjoyed unexpectedly fast starts.

Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne Will Fight for Top-Four Place

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Nathaniel Clyne has warned Southampton's top-four rivals the Saints are ready to fight for a Champions League spot.

The England defender is confident they can maintain their challenge ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester City at St Mary's.

Clyne scored in the Saints' 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Monday as they extended their unbeaten run to six games.

Paul Lambert Unfazed by Aston Villa’s Poor Attendance

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Boss Paul Lambert defended Aston Villa's fans after their lowest league gate for 15 years.

Just 25,311 watched Villa hold Southampton to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park, where Gabby Agbonlahor's opener following Fraser Forster's gaffe was cancelled out by Nathaniel Clyne.

It was the lowest crowd in the Premier League at Villa Park since a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in 1999, when just 23,885 turned up.