Arsene Wenger has hailed the talents of Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash at Anfield
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp feels his team were made to look like "total idiots" after their final Bundesliga fixture of 2014 ended in yet another defeat - but he has no intention of quitting his post.
A 2-1 reverse at Werder Bremen could see Dortmund finish the year at the foot of the table, while a place in the bottom two is guaranteed.
"It was just a reflection of our whole season so far," Klopp said. "We had a very poor first half.
"It follows suit that we are standing here like total idiots."
Klopp's side have shown two faces this season, marching into the last 16 of the Champions League while struggling to only 15 points in 17 Bundesliga games - just two more than they picked up in six European encounters.
Luis Suarez scored his first Primera Division goal and Lionel Messi hit a late double as Barcelona rounded off a difficult 2014 by thrashing minnows Cordoba 5-0.
Pedro got Barcelona off to a dream start by netting in the second minute and then provided the pass for Suarez to double the lead early in the second half, with Gerard Pique and Messi scoring the final goals all in the last 10 minutes.
The Catalans are now one point behind league leaders Real Madrid, but have played one game more than Carlo Ancelotti's side, who took a break from league action this weekend to play the World Club Cup final against San Lorenzo.
Matty Fryatt had two goals ruled out in controversial fashion as Nottingham Forest were denied a Sky Bet Championship victory over Leeds at the City Ground.
The Reds striker had given Stuart Pearce's side the lead in first-half injury-time - but either side of that he had two efforts ruled out for offside, with television replays suggesting they should have stood.
And Neil Redfearn's side secured a 1-1 draw as former Forest player Billy Sharp netted emphatically from the spot in the 54th minute, after Sam Byram had been tripped by Danny Fox.
Harry Redknapp saluted hat-trick hero Charlie Austin but also saved praise for the character his side showed to come from two-down and beat West Brom.
The 3-2 victory at Loftus Road moved the R's out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three as Austin returned from suspension to score three goals to complete a remarkable comeback after Redknapp's side started the game slowly.
– Harry Redknapp
Charlie scored the goals and has been excellent for us but we showed a lot of character to come back from two down," Redknapp said of his striker, who became the first QPR player in 21 years to score a Premier League hat-trick.
We were being outplayed, they started fantastically with their movement and passing and it was difficult to live with them in the early stages but to come back from that and win 3-2 is a fantastic result.
Everyone talks about his three goals but his defending at the end of the game, he makes a challenge in the corner that was unbelievable, you would've thought it was a right-back.
If that ball had come into the box we could have been in trouble but that summed up his work-rate up today, he worked his socks off for the team.
Blackpool manager Lee Clark sent an apologetic message to fans after losing 6-1 at home to Bournemouth.
– Blackpool boss Lee Clark
I apologise from myself, my staff and my players for the performance and the result to our supporters.