What Sunday’s papers are saying:
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Jose Mourinho yesterday launched a stinging attack on his “soft” players after Chelsea’s shock 2-0 defeat at Newcastle. Also: Man United and City are poised to make a £65m raid on Porto for their centre-backs Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Furious Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho tore into his multi-million pound superstars after they were beaten by Newcastle - accusing them of being “too soft” for the Premiership battle. Also: England full-back Mike Brown last night warned Stuart Lancaster’s side are only going to get better after they recovered from 13-6 down to beat Australia.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: England opened their QBE Internationals campaign with a hard-fought 20-13 victory over Australia at Twickenham yesterday, though Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie was left fuming after a mistake by the touch judge led indirectly to the hosts game-changing opening try. Also: Andy Murray has revealed that the fear of being branded “unpatriotic” led him to risk his vulnerable back during the Davis Cup tie in Croatia in September - and thus move further down the road to surgery.
THE OBSERVER: The 2003 World Cup-winning squad’s lap of honour at half-time inspired England to come back and beat Australia to extend their winning run here to five matches, a feat last achieved in those heady days 10 years ago. Also: Jose Mourinho claimed to have “made 11 mistakes” when it came to team selection after Newcastle ended his Chelsea side’s nine-game unbeaten run.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Chris Robshaw and Owen Farrell each scored their first tries for their country as England kicked off their autumn international programme with a 20-13 win over Australia at Twickenham. Also: First the early-season surge. Yesterday came the landmark victory over one of the early title contenders. Arsene Wenger has been told in recent weeks that his Arsenal side must prove themselves against the Premier League’s form teams and, at the moment, one can ask for little more than a victory over the swashbucklers of Liverpool.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Long after the end, Coldplay’s Paradise blasted out across Twickenham as they presented a non-trophy to mark England’s successful start to the autumn campaign. Also: November was supposed to be the start of a six-week period that tested Arsenal’s credentials as possible Premier League champions.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Alan Pardew savoured a famous victory over Chelsea - then dedicated it to controversial owner Mike Ashley. Also: Martin Jol and Chris Hughton are under pressure as managers of Fulham and Norwich City.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: A tale of two Cities and three keepers at the Etihad yesterday as Manchester City went goal crazy. Also: European kings Bayern Munich want Manchester City hot-shot Sergio Aguero as a big-money signing for next season.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Aaron Ramsey fired Arsenal five points clear at the top of the Premier League - and insisted his strike against Liverpool was one of his finest. Also: Sven-Goran Eriksson last night confirmed he signed a contract to replace Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson tried to stop Wayne Rooney playing for England at the 2006 World Cup, according to claims in a new autobiography by former national team manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. Also: England goalkeeper Joe Hart watched from the substitutes’ bench yesterday as his Manchester City team-mates thrashed Norwich 7-0 - then received a warning from manager Manuel Pellegrini that he faces a fight to win his place back.