What today’s papers are saying, Sunday April 14
DAILY EXPRESS: Arsene Wenger believes the Premier League is “in denial” if it believes it is the best in the world, as it was revealed England are in danger of losing a Champions League place. Also: Chinese wonder-boy Guan Tianlang became the first player in Masters history to be docked a shot for slow play at Augusta National yesterday.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: As if Augusta is not cruel enough when the winds are up and the pins are tight, Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old, was left sweating on making the cut last night after becoming the first player in Masters history to be penalised a shot for slow play. Also: The Uruguay Football Association has accused its English counterpart of leading the “persecution” of Luis Suarez as the Liverpool striker faces a lengthy international ban.
DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini has taunted England boss Roy Hodgson after labelling Manchester City’s post-season tour to America a “holiday”. Also: John Terry and Frank Lampard are facing up to being left out of a Chelsea starting line-up in an FA Cup semi-final for the first time.
DAILY MAIL: Heartless Augusta officials caused a storm last night when they slapped a one-stroke penalty on Chinese wonderkid Guan Tianlang for slow play. Also: It is not a war for Paolo Di Canio and his Sunderland players but he knows tomorrow’s derby visit to St James’ Park will be the first of six battles he must win to remain in the Barclays Premier League.
THE INDEPENDENT: Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Roberto Mancini of talking “nonsense” with his claim that the Premier League’s lesser teams show fear against Manchester United while giving everything against Manchester City. Also: On the eve of the Tyne-Wear derby, Paolo Di Canio has warned Newcastle United supporters that he will make Sunderland the north-east’s biggest club after criticising previous managers at the Stadium of Light for wasteful spending.
THE SUN: Premier League bosses have turned on Roy Hodgson over his “desert rat” rant. Also: Lukas Podolski fears for his Arsenal future after being frozen out of the first team.
THE TIMES: Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can take advantage of Tottenham Hotspur’s blank weekend in the battle for Champions League qualification in the next week. Also: Tony Pulis is not surprised that Manchester United are considering making a bid for Asmir Begovic, 25, after the Bosnia Herzegovina goalkeeper’s form for Stoke City this season.
THE GUARDIAN: Manchester United are adding as many as 24,000 fans on to crowd attendances compared with the actual number of people watching games at Old Trafford, according to police data. Also: The impact of the changing of the guard at Chelsea will properly hit home in tomorrow’s FA Cup semi-final with the interim manager, Rafael Benitez, expected to leave John Terry and Frank Lampard out of his line-up to confront Manchester City.
DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson claims Manchester City and Chelsea are more interested in making money than looking after their players. Also: Roberto Mancini has admitted winning the FA Cup can salvage Manchester City’s season and secure his job.