WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Real Madrid,
DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Wayne Rooney can banish his demons tonight at the ground where he was sent off for a World Cup stamp. Also: Chelsea will make a £40million summer move for Gareth Bale in the next stage of Roman Abramovich’s rebuilding of his team.
THE SUN: Alex Ferguson has warned his Champions League rivals ‘none of you will break my team’s spirit’. Also: Roberto Mancini is Edin for the Champions League after his £27million misfit finally struck gold last night.
DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Wayne Rooney to bury his World Cup shame and fire Manchester United towards Champions League glory. Also: Edin Dzeko scored a priceless first Premier League goal as Manchester City tightened their grip on a Champions League spot at Ewood Park.
DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Wayne Rooney to exorcise his World Cup demons tonight by inspiring Manchester United towards Champions League glory. Also: Chelsea are poised to make a £40million summer bid for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.
THE GUARDIAN: Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United side there could be serious repercussions if they allow themselves to underestimate Schalke 04 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tonight. Also: Jeff Probyn, a former council member on the Rugby Football Union, has warned the governing body against appointing Sir Clive Woodward as performance director, believing it would antagonise the England team manager, Martin Johnson.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Sir Alex Ferguson’s glorious obsession with the European Cup is motivated by an “envious” feeling towards historic heavyweights like Real Madrid and Liverpool, clubs who have enjoyed far greater prominence than Manchester United in this illustrious competition. Ferguson wants his club to join the legends. Also: It has taken 10 Premier League games and plenty of time sat on the substitutes’ bench, but Edin Dzeko’s first league goal for Manchester City might yet prove to be worth every penny of his £27million transfer fee if it propels Roberto Mancini’s team into the Champions League.
THE INDEPENDENT: Sir Alex Ferguson admitted last night that his “envy” of a continental elite who have captured far more European Cups than Manchester United is driving his desire to put a dismal record against German competition behind him and progress towards a fourth final tonight. Also: Stephen Hendry, snooker’s greatest player, may have completed his last match on the sport’s greatest stage.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he is envious of the super European records of their rivals as Manchester United strive to reach a third Champions League final in four seasons. Also: He may have had a sluggish introduction to English football but Edin Dzeko’s sense of drama cannot be faulted.
DAILY MAIL: Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged his players to put Manchester United on course to join the greats of European football and end his German jinx tonight. Also: Arsene Wenger has finally conceded that his team lack a “commanding” presence at the back.