David Silva: English league is more interesting then Spain’s

Manchester City midfielder David Silva says that the Premier League is “more entertaining and enjoyable” than the Spanish Primera Division.

Silva, who joined the ambitious English club from Valencia in the summer, told Man City’s official website, “Barcelona and Real Madrid are going well and have built up quite a lead. In England it is far more hard-fought.

“You could have any number of teams getting up there near the top. That makes for a more entertaining and enjoyable league.”

The Spain international reflected on his time at Eastlands so far and explained, “I have settled in but I owe a lot to my team-mates because they helped make the process a lot quicker.

“The games in England are very competitive. So many sides can make life very hard for you. It is a real challenge. But we are going OK at the moment. Now we must continue so we are in the final shake-up.”

The 24-year-old also remarked on his move from Spain to England and said, “City showed a real interest in me from the outset and they were the ones who made an offer for me.

“There was talk about Real Madrid, but it was never anything more than that, certainly nothing concrete. But I wanted to experience playing in the Premier League. It was something that really appealed to me.”

Donovan won’t join Everton

Landon Donovan faced a difficult dilemma as December progressed and the start of the European transfer window beckoned on January 1.

The U.S. international found himself in a situation similar to the circumstances he confronted last December. Once again, Donovan weighed two apparently viable options: bombarding forward in his playing career by spending a second consecutive winter on loan with Everton or recharging his batteries before preparing for the 2011 MLS campaign with Los Angeles.

Both offers enticed him in different ways, but only one of them truly suited his present requirements.

Everton desperately needs Donovan – or someone of his caliber – to bolster David Moyes’ threadbare squad before the talismanic Tim Cahill scampers off to Qatar for the Asian Cup in January. Donovan’s first spell on Merseyside earlier this year proved a hit for both player and club, and a second stint certainly appealed to his desire to mix it up at the top level. Other parties – Fulham, most notably – expressed interest, but Donovan’s affection for Everton made it a one-club race to carry him off the beach and shunt him straight into the Premier League with little rest.

Europa cup (1 round of group stage)

Group A:
Salzburg – Manchester City 0:2 (D. Silva 8, Jo 63)
Juventus – Lech 3:3 (Chiellini 45, 50, Del Piero 68/ Rudnevs 14 – penal, 30, 90)

Group B:
Aris – Atletico M. 1:0 (Javito 59)
Bayer – Rosenberg 4:0 (Helmes 4, 58, 61, Reinartz 38)

Group C:
Lille – Sporting 1:2 (Frau 57/ Vuk?evi? 11, Postiga 34)
Levski – Gent 3:2 (Joaozinho 43, Dembele 60, Greene 82/ Azofeifa 24, Suler 49)

Group D:
Dinamo Z. – Villarreal 2:0 (Rukavina 18, Sammir 80)
Club Brugge – PAOK 1:1 (Kouemaha 61/ Malezas 78)

Group E:
AZ – Sheriff 2:1 (Gudmundsson 14, Jaliens 83/ Moreno 68 – ag.)
Dinamo Kijev – BATE 2:2 (Milevskiy 34, Eremenko 44/ Rodionov 3, Nekhaichik 54)

Group F:
Sparta – Palermo 3:2 (Wilfried 17, Kladrubsky 58, Kadlec 75/ Maccarone 38, Hernandez 83)
Lausanne – CSKA M. 0:3 (Vagner Love 22, 81 – penal, Ignashevich 68)

Results of CL round 1 (second day)

Group E:

Bayern – Roma 2:0
79′ [1 – 0] T. Müller
83′ [2 – 0] M. Klose

CFR Cluj – Basel 2:1
9′ [1 – 0] I.A. Rada
12′ [2 – 0] L. Traoré
45′ [2 – 1] V. Stocker

Group F:

Marseille – Spartak Moskva 0:1
82′ [0 – 1] C. Azpilicueta (a.g.)

Žilina – Chelsea 1:4
13′ [0 – 1] M. Essien
24′ [0 – 2] N. Anelka
28′ [0 – 3] N. Anelka
48′ [0 – 4] D. Sturridge
55′ [1 – 4] T. Oravec

Group G:

Milan – Auxerre 2:0
66′ [1 – 0] Z. Ibrahimovi?
69′ [2 – 0] Z. Ibrahimovi?

Real Madrid – Ajax 2:0
31′ [1 – 0] V. Anita (a.g.)
73′ [2 – 0] G. Higuain

Group H:

Arsenal – Braga 6:0
9′ [1 – 0] C. Fabregas (pen.)
30′ [2 – 0] A. Arshavin
34′ [3 – 0] M. Chamakh
53′ [4 – 0] C. Fabregas
69′ [5 – 0] C. Vela
84′ [6 – 0] C. Vela

Shakhtar – Partizan 1:0
71′ [1 – 0] D. Srna

Champions league – 1 round of group stage (second day)

Tonight’s matches:

Group E
Bayern Munich ? – ? AS Roma
CFR Cluj ? – ? Basel

Group F
Marseille ? – ? Spartak Moscow
Zilina ? – ? Chelsea

Group G
AC Milan ? – ? Auxerre
Real Madrid ? – ? Ajax Amsterdam

Group H
Arsenal ? – ? Braga
Shakhtar Donetsk ? – ? Partizan Belgrade

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