WHAT Saturday’s red tops and broadsheets are saying:
THE INDEPENDENT: Perhaps it is because he doesn’t know how long the pay cheques will last that Roberto Mancini calls in at his newsagent in Alderley Edge each Friday morning and hands over £20 for a EuroMillions lottery ticket. The Manchester City manager could use a change of luck, given that Sergio Aguero will miss today’s critical home match against Sunderland because of a severe reaction to a chemical spray which is understood to have left his foot badly blistered and burnt. Also: Harry Redknapp suggested yesterday that Luka Modric could be interested in a lucrative move this summer, with Roberto Mancini admitting his admiration for the Tottenham midfielder.
THE SUN: Sergio Aguero has a seriously blistered foot after a “stupid” training-ground blunder that furious Roberto Mancini fears could cost his side the title. Also: Arsene Wenger slammed UEFA after vowing to appeal a three-match Euro ban and a £33,000 fine...Andy Carroll has begged Newcastle fans: Don’t hate me...Brendan Rodgers is ready for one of football’s top jobs.
DAILY MIRROR: Alex McLeish is urging Aston Villa’s players to beat Chelsea today for their seriously-ill skipper Stiliyan Petrov. Also: Arsene Wenger accused European football chiefs of “injustice” after banning him yesterday...Chelsea’s hopes of silverware this season are in danger of being sunk by the Titanic...Sergio Aguero has put Manchester City’s Premier League title hopes in jeopardy - after damaging his foot on his child’s motorbike.
DAILY STAR: Stunned Aston Villa star Stiliyan Petrov last night vowed to win his fight for life after being diagnosed with leukaemia. Also: Manchester City’s title hopes have suffered a new blow following a bizarre injury to star striker Sergio Aguero...Roberto Di Matteo has accused the FA of taking the mickey out of Chelsea.
DAILY EXPRESS: Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish says Stiliyan Petrov is “fighting like a captain” after the shock news he has leukaemia. Also: Roberto Mancini admits he cannot rely on Mario Balotelli to salvage Manchester City’s title hopes after Sergio Aguero was ruled out for up to a month following a bizarre accident...Chelsea were left fuming last night after being forced to play their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at 6pm on a Sunday night - less than 72 hours before a possible Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.
DAILY MAIL: Aston Villa were in shock yesterday after captain Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukaemia. Also: Chelsea are livid they will have to play their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at 6pm - just three days before a potential Champions League last-four clash with Barcelona or AC Milan...The Metropolitan Police want to ensure there will be no London fixtures during the Paralympics.
THE TIMES: Stiliyan Petrov, the Aston Villa captain, has had acute leukaemia diagnosed. Also: Roberto Di Matteo has expressed anger and disappointment at the decision to stage Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at 6pm on Sunday, April 15.
THE GUARDIAN: Sergio Aguero will be missing from Manchester City’s game against Sunderland today after a freakish injury that has infuriated Roberto Mancini and may also keep the Argentinian out of the game at Arsenal next weekend. Also: Rio Ferdinand is considering an offer to move to club football in China when his contract at Manchester United finishes at the end of next season.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: While Sir Alex Ferguson treats his Manchester United squad to a weekend of golf and relaxation at St Andrews, Roberto Mancini must overcome the freak injury sustained by leading scorer Sergio Aguero and a loss of trust in Mario Balotelli to keep Manchester City’s title hopes alive. Also: Stiliyan Petrov, Aston Villa’s Bulgarian international, has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.