What today’s papers are saying:
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Chelsea want to build “one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world” in Wandsworth, south London, incorporating the four chimneys of Battersea Power Station in a 60,000-seat stadium costing more than £1billion and not being open before 2016. Also: Liverpool’s goalkeeper Pepe Reina has amplified the FA Cup final tension by blaming Chelsea for the confidence crisis endured by their record signing, Fernando Torres...Mark Hughes yesterday questioned the Football Association’s timing in appointing Roy Hodgson as England manager and suggested it might have fateful consequences for the top and bottom of the Premier League table.
DAILY MIRROR: Kenny Dalglish heads for Wembley today insisting he is looking to repay his debt to Liverpool. Also: John Terry is hoping that FA Cup glory will help Roberto Di Matteo become full-time Chelsea boss...Harry Redknapp admits he could be sensationally axed at Spurs.
THE INDEPENDENT: The Liverpool goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, has said on the eve of today’s FA Cup final that Chelsea are to blame for Fernando Torres’ struggle to deliver at Stamford Bridge, having failed to dispense with other players’ egos and build a team around him. Also: Roy Hodgson announced his first appointment to the England backroom staff last night with the arrival of Ray Lewington, currently the first-team coach at Fulham, who will work with the team just for the European Championships this summer...Arsene Wenger hopes that by signing Lukas Podolski he can convince Robin van Persie to commit himself to the club by agreeing a new deal this summer.
DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini has taunted Sir Alex Ferguson and told him: We are the top dogs in Manchester now. Also: Brendan Rodgers has accused Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini of being disrespectful...Arsene Wenger last night ruled out Robin van Persie leaving this summer and is convinced Lukas Podolski’s arrival will mean he keeps his star man...Floyd Mayweather is ready to target Amir Khan after taking care of business against Miguel Cotto.
THE SUN: Jose Mourinho is set to snub Roman Abramovich and sign a new Real Madrid deal - worth a staggering £10million a year after tax. Also: Harry Redknapp ways his refusal to talk ‘cobblers’ cost him the England job...Dwain Chambers will line up against Usain Bolt in a 100m race later this month.
DAILY EXPRESS: Frank Lampard is dreaming about a double cup success for Chelsea in the next fortnight, starting at Wembley today. Also: Roberto Mancini has told his Manchester City stars: “You’ve proved you’re the cream of Manchester - now show you are the best in the Premier League.”...Alex McLeish says he feels let down and stunned that three of his Aston Villa players went out drinking until the early hours of the morning with the club still fighting for Premier League survival.
DAILY MAIL: Chelsea directors spoke with a member of the Qatari ruling family yesterday about investing in the club’s future. Also: Harry Redknapp confessed the appointment of Roy Hodgson as England manager came as a ‘relief’ but also questioned why the process took the FA nearly three months to complete...Aston Villa supporters have cranked up the pressure on Alex McLeish by taking out an advert in a local paper and calling for him to be sacked.
THE GUARDIAN: Kenny Dalglish has claimed he will be forever indebted to Liverpool whether or not he guides the club to a domestic cup double in today’s FA Cup final against Chelsea. Also: Chelsea have submitted a formal offer to purchase the site of Battersea power station which, if accepted, could lead to the club leaving Stamford Bridge and the development of “one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world” at a cost of more than £1billion.
THE TIMES: John Terry has urged his Chelsea team-mates to beat Liverpool and win the FA Cup at Wembley this evening to help Roberto Di Matteo, the interim first-team coach, to get the job on a permanent basis. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has told his Manchester United players they will be haunted by a “stupid” and “absolutely ridiculous” performance against Everton unless Newcastle United manage to do the champions a huge favour in the title race tomorrow.