- The Champions League squad was announced today. It looks exactly the same as the 25 players eligible to play in Premier League matches, although it's split into an 'A' group and a 'B' group, with the latter consisting of home grown players under the age of 21 (meaning Sturridge is in group A). Other than that, there is nothing interesting whatsoever about the squad. [CFC Official]
- In slightly more pressing news, John Terry should play against West Ham this weekend but Frank Lampard remains a doubt as he recovers from surgery. With no cover at centre back, Carlo Ancelotti will be rushing Terry back into the first team, but Lampard is a different proposition as Ramires should be able to slot into his position without too many difficulties.
"Lampard had surgery and I think that he will start to train this week. I don't know when but we will see how he trains and we will take a decision for the game against West Ham. Terry didn't have surgery but he used the last week to improve his hamstring. He will start to train with the squad this week and I think he will be able to play against West Ham."-Carlo Ancelotti. [Guardian]
- Speaking of Carlo, his autobiography is due for release on October 12th. We got a sneak preview from Paul Doyle of the Guardian, who re-states what we all know - Ancelotti is a funny, affable guy who knows football like few other people on the planet. We also find out that Yuri Zhirkov makes him hungry, that Ruud Gullit once picked Fabio Capello up and hung him from a hook, and that he someday wishes to coach an African team at the World Cup. While I'm wary of most books associated with football, The Beautiful Games of an Ordinary Genius is pretty tempting. [Guardian]