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The Midweek Mmm: Lorenzo Crisetig, Inter Milan

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Lovely Lorenzo, pictured here looking all nervy and nummy before Italy U21′s friendly with Sweden U21′s in March. Image: Dino Panato/Getty Images.

Did you watch the CSKA Moscow vs. Inter Milan game last week? Well shame on you if you didn’t because you missed out on 18-year-old Lorenzo Crisetig’s three minute cameo for the Italian side (who won the match 2-3).

That’ll teach you to be lax with your fixture schedule.

Good Week/Bad Week: Lies, Allies & Neuer’s Statistics

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Well, this is awkward. Image: REUTERS/Ina Fassbender.

GOOD WEEK

Doin’ It Like A Dude: We’ve enjoyed watching Manuel Neuer respond with quiet dignity to his status as public enemy number one in Germany. You know, all the hating at Schalke because he left them followed up by the hating at Bayern Munich because he signed for them. So it gives us even more pleasure to tell you the cute ass keeper will rack up 1000 minutes of clean sheet-ery if Bayern don’t concede against Hoffenheim on Saturday. Mama was right, Kickettes. Revenge IS a dish best served cold. You know, like borscht.

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Champions League Results Pt II: Damage Limitation

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Yeah, that strange, high pitched keening noise you can hear, Mikey, is the sound of several thousand Kickette soldier boys and girls politely requesting that you remove your base layers. Crack on. Image: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images.

It’s part two of our Champions League results round-up. This edition was brought to you with half a gallon of filter coffee, two slices of slightly stale ginger cake we found in the kitchen and the faint hope that Friday will have magically morphed into Saturday when we wake up tomorrow.

How’s your day looking?

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Carlos Tevez: Over & Out?

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Something on your mind, Carlos? Original images: REUTERS/Stringer.

Well, didn’t this just get interesting?

For those of you who weren’t attempting to break the world record for nacho consumption during a football match, some ‘confusion’ took place on the bench during Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich last night.

It has been claimed that Carlos Tevez, who made it clear in the summer that his long term plans don’t involve being anywhere near Manchester, refused to warm-up when instructed to do so by boss Roberto Mancini, resulting in Mancini being forced to sub Sami Nasri with James Milner instead.

Tevez claims, in a statement released this morning, that he will not get into the specifics of why he didn’t play, but he was warmed up and ready. For his part, Mancini has stated that Tevez is ‘finished’ at City.

Should he stay or should he go, Kickettes? We’ll forward your responses to Mr Mancini, who we’re sure will be delighted to read and respond to each one personally.

Champions League Results Pt I: Sneaks, Leaks & Physiques

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Wow, an outbreak of nudity. We thought there was some sort of European embargo on this kind of thing, it happens so infrequently. Not that we’re bitter. Image: AP Photo/Claude Paris.

Have we split the Midweek Champions League Results over two days because a) we want to give you the opportunity to comment on each night’s action as soon as possible, or b) Because it’s a relatively easy way to fill up space when we’re short staffed and we’re thinking of sloping off early today anyway?

If you’re not a regular reader of Kickette, the answer is a). If you are, we figure you’ve already clicked through and are too busy looking for flesh to be reading this anyway.

Happy Wednesday!

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