Things went from bad to worse for Chelsea, which had to settle for a 0-0 tie with Fulham in their
West London derby on Saturday, the Blues' fourth successive league match without a goal -- their worst run for nine years.
England captain John
suffered a depressed fracture of his cheekbone after being elbowed up American Clint Dempsey
. Ivorian star Didier
was sent off for picking up two yellow cards, while Andriy Shevchenko
was booed off the field when he was substituted after a poor display on his
The game marked new manager Avram Grant
's first game at at Stamford Bridge since Jose
left. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck
said some of the protests about the managerial change were anti-Semitic in nature and had to stop. Grant's
Polish father, Meir
, 80, is a holocaust survivor. COACH
Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson
has quickly left his stamp on Manchester City, which he took over as manager following the club's takeover by
Thai Thaksin Shinawatra
over the summer.
The 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday left the Citizens in third place behind only Arsenal and
Manchester United in the English Premier League. Their performance was a far cry from their run of seven games without a goal at home to conclude the 2006-07 league campaign. New signings Elano
and Martin Petrov
and Emile Mpenza
, who arrived last winter, all scored against
Newcastle as City kept its perfect record at Manchester Stadium this season intact. Eriksson, the former England national team coach, says the approach of his players is the key to City's early
"It's always easier to be the manager with good football players as long as they want to work as a collective," Eriksson said. "A lot of them are good footballers, but they want
to do the work, which is very important. And they don't try to get the ball and dribble past five players, they play football." RACE
Defending champion Inter Milan flexed its muscles with a 4-1 win at Roma Saturday to break its tie with the Giallorossi at the top of the Serie A
standings. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
(his seventh goal of the season), Hernan Crespo
, Julio Cruz
and Ivan Cordoba
scored for Roma, which broke a 1-1 tie with three goals in 12 minutes in the second half.
Inter has a one-point lead on Juventus, which moved up to second with a 1-0 win over city rival Torino on David Trezeguet
's stoppage-time goal.
After hitting the woodwork three times in his four matches, $32 million signing Thierry Henry
needed a little more than a half hour Saturday to score three goals for Barcelona in its 4-1 win at last-place Levante in La Liga action.
, who scored the fourth goal, set up Henry twice in the first half, and Deco
was the provider on Henry's
third goal three minutes into the second half. Messi was happy to be of service to Henry.
"It was only a question of time before the goals came for Henry," said Messi, who has five
himself and is building a case for himself as the world's best player. "He had chances the other day but no luck. I'm very happy for him."