What today’s papers are saying:
GUARDIAN: Chelsea’s options at centre-half for next month’s Champions League final against Bayern Munich have been left threadbare amid fears that Gary Cahill may not recover from the hamstring injury sustained at Barcelona in time to feature in the showpiece on 19 May.
Cahill, who has described feeling a “pop” in the back of his thigh as he stretched into an early challenge at the Camp Nou, lasted only 12 minutes of the semi-final and scans undertaken back at Cobham confirm there is significant damage to the hamstring. The interim first-team coach, Roberto Di Matteo, was cagey over Cahill’s prospects on Friday but there is an acceptance at the club that the England defender now faces a race to be fit and is a major doubt for the game at the Allianz Arena.
DAILY EXPRESS: Dronfield-born Gary Cahill is facing the double heartbreak of missing Chelsea’s FA Cup and Champions League finals. Also: Nani last night gave Manchester United an injury scare ahead of Monday’s title showdown against Manchester City with fears he has aggravated an ankle problem; Anton Ferdinand has declared that the Chelsea boo-boys will not distract him from Queens Park Rangers’ fight to stay in the Premier League when the clubs meet at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.
DAILY STAR: The Premier League stunned QPR by asking them to form a guard of honour for Chelsea instead of the controversial pre-match handshake. Also: Pep Guardiola quit Barcelona yesterday and then insisted he will take an extended break from football.
THE SUN: Alex Ferguson insists Monday’s title crunch with rivals Manchester City is the mother of all derbies. Also: Mark Hughes says Premier League chiefs wanted QPR to form a guard of honour for Chelsea skipper John Terry and Co tomorrow.
DAILY MAIL: Roberto Mancini has warned Manchester United that Monday’s do-or-die derby at the Etihad Stadium does not worry him - and revealed for the first time that he would one day like to manage England. Also: Three years ago Southampton were close to collapse, with players unpaid following relegation from the Championship. Now they are 90 minutes away from a place in the Barclays Premier League.
DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini has vowed to demonstrate his financial firepower in the summer transfer market. Also: Pep Guardiola will be ‘love-bombed’ by Roman Abramovich after confirming he will quit Barcelona at the end of the season.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: A weekend of worrying and hoping, time-killing and nerve-shredding unfolds for the followers or Manchester United and Manchester City as they await anxiously and impatiently for the mother, father and sainted aunt of all derbies, for the title showdown. Also: Chelsea representatives are expected to meet Pep Guardiola in the next few days to discover whether he can finally be persuaded to join the club now that he has formally announced he is quitting Barcelona.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that the losers in the Barclays Premier League title race will be haunted by regrets given the chances already missed by both Manchester clubs to extinguish their rivals’ hopes. Also: The Premier League suggested Queens Park rangers should form a guard of honour for John Terry and his Chelsea team-mates at Stamford Bridge tomorrow as they sought to avoid the potential flashpoint of a pre-match handshake, Mark Hughes, the club’s manager, has revealed.
THE GUARDIAN: Pep Guardiola will leave Barcelona at the end of the season but he has no intention of joining another team, ending speculation over a move to Chelsea or even to the England national side. Also: The Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand is braced to be the target of abuse from Chelsea supporters in tomorrow’s west London derby despite Roberto Di Matteo, the European Cup finalists’ interim first-team coach, urging the home fans to “behave in the right manner” given the particular sensitivities surrounding the fixture.