What you need to know . . .
* Bafana striker Dino Ndlovu, who is his club’s top scorer, serves a ban this week as his Azeri side Qarabağ go to Spain to play Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué serves a onematch ban in Greece this week when his club take on Olympiakos. * Fixture scheduling hassles have caught up with the Premier Soccer League who are forced to play Telkom Knockout quarter-finals the week after the first round, leaving little time for the draw and fixture arrangements. This is the first time cup ties have been played on successive weekends.
* Manchester City have no plans to make a cut-price bid for Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez during the January transfer window and will rather wait to get him for free at the end of the season. They are ready to wreak revenge on the Gunners over their decision to scupper a 60-million Pound deadline-day deal, but latest talk is that Everton is interested in signing Sanchez in January. * Zinedine Zidane insists Real Madrid only lacked concentration around Girona’s two goals on Sunday and not intensity nor effort. Madrid slumped to a 2-1 defeat in their first-ever meeting with Girona, prompting fears that Los Blancos had lost their desire as they fell eight points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Zidane added that his side would “lift themselves”.