WORLD FOOTBALL TID-BITS - 21ST APRIL 2015
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ADHIRAJ DUTTA : Ronald de Boer has likened in-demand PSV forward Memphis Depay to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Depay has played a starring role in PSV's surge to the Eredivisie title this season and is the top scorer in the league with 20 goals to his name. The Netherlands international - who also netted six goals in the UEFA Europa League this term - has been heavily linked with a move away from the Philips Stadion.
Manchester City forward David Silva has returned to training after avoiding any serious damage during Sunday's 2-0 Premier League win over West Ham. The Spain international was substituted in the second half and taken to hospital after Cheikhou Kouyate caught him on the side of the head with an elbow. Manager Manuel Pellegrini later confirmed that City feared a broken cheekbone for the 29-year-old, but scans showed no fracture and he was able to take part in training on Tuesday.
Real Madrid have confirmed Karim Benzema has sustained a ligament injury to his right knee, all but ruling him out of the UEFA Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid. The France striker missed Saturday's 3-1 win over Malaga with the problem and looks set to be sidelined for the second leg of Real's Champions League quarter-final.
Vincenzo Montella says Fiorentina fans were within the rights to voice their frustrations after Monday's 1-0 defeat to Verona at the Stadio Artemi Franchi. Montella's side suffered back-to-back losses in Serie A thanks to Mounir Obbadi's late strike following a missed Alessandro Diamanti penalty. It sees Fiorentina slip to sixth - a point off the final UEFA Europa League place - but Montella refused to criticise those who voiced their anger at the defeat.
Zinedine Zidane believes Paris Saint-Germain have the quality to defy the odds and overturn the 3-1 first-leg deficit to progress from their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Barcelona. Missing suspended duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti, PSG were swept aside by Barcelona as Luis Suarez ran riot at Parc des Princes last week. PSG welcome back Ibrahimovic and Verratti for the return leg at Camp Nou on Tuesday, but the French champions will be without captain Thiago Silva, as well as Thiago Motta and Serge Aurier.
Newcastle United are enduring a tumultuous period both on and off the pitch with relegation from the Premier League a real possibility, which has led to former chairman Freddy Shepherd issuing a rallying cry to supporters. Newcastle are in the midst of a six-game losing streak and hover just seven points above the drop zone following Sunday's 3-1 home loss to Tottenham. Off the pitch, fans protested Mike Ashley's ownership of Newcastle outside St James' Park prior to kick-off over the weekend, which resulted in the club's lowest attendance of the season.
Robin van Persie stepped up his recovery from a foot injury by playing an hour in a Manchester United Under-21s fixture at Leicester City on Monday. The Netherlands striker has not featured for United's first team since February's 2-1 defeat at Swansea City. Van Persie returned to training earlier this month and was an unused substitute as United lost 1-0 to Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday. The former Arsenal man managed 62 minutes on his return to the pitch on Monday, and laid on the assist for Sean Goss in United's 1-1 draw.
Fenerbahce capitalised on Galatasaray's slip-up at Trabzonspor by beating Bursaspor 1-0 to move top of the table as the Turkish Super Lig resumed. Turkey's top flight was suspended for one week following an attack on Fener's team bus by a gunman in the aftermath of their 5-1 victory at Rizespor on April 4.
Julen Lopetegui is searching for 'simple answers' as his Porto side attempt to complete one of the great UEFA Champions League upsets against Bayern Munich. Porto travel to Munich with a 3-1 lead from last week's quarter-final first leg after surprising the German champions on their own turf. Despite that advantage, Pep Guardiola's Bayern are heavily fancied to turn the tie on its head in Tuesday's return encounter at the Allianz Arena.