What Saturday’s papers are saying:
THE TIMES: Roberto Di Matteo has accepted that not even an historic Champions League triumph with Chelsea tonight can guarantee him the managerial job at Stamford Bridge next season. ALSO: Andrew Strauss managed to bat his way in and out of headlines at the same time yesterday. His first hundred since November 2010 dominated proceedings against West Indies at Lord’s while also quietening media speculation that his position in the side is under threat.
THE SUN: Ryan Bertrand is in line for an amazing Champions League debut for Chelsea in tonight’s Munich final. ALSO: Liverpool are ready to hand Luis Suarez a whopping 25 per cent pay rise to prevent him leading an exodus of star players.
THE GUARDIAN: Roberto Di Matteo is considering the radical move of handing Ryan Bertrand a first Champions League appearance in tonight’s European Cup final against Bayern Munich. ALSO: Liverpool will hold talks with Andre Villas-Boas next week over the managerial vacancy at Anfield but their wide-ranging approach to finding Kenny Dalglish’s successor has resulted in Brendan Rodgers rejecting an interview offer from Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners.
DAILY MAIL: Roberto Di Matteo last night promised to do everything in his power to complete Roman Abramovich’s quest to conquer Europe. ALSO: Liverpool have suffered two setbacks in their quest to find a new manager after Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp ruled themselves out of consideration.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: On the eve of what could prove the greatest day in Chelsea’s 107-year history, Roberto Di Matteo revealed he has prepared no script for his final rallying cry, but it can also be disclosed that he has been reading Chelsea fanzines. ALSO: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has angered his Norwegian club’s backers and put his manager’s position at risk after flying to Britain for talks with Aston Villa yesterday.
DAILY STAR: Champions League glory in Munich tonight could land Roberto Di Matteo the Chelsea job full-time. ALSO: Snubbed Theo Walcott has been left stunned by Arsenal after failing to hold contract talks before he goes to Euro 2012.
DAILY EXPRESS: Frank Lampard confronted the challenge of seeking European glory for Chelsea in the home of the Bayern Munich power-house tonight with a defiant underdog rallying cry. ALSO: Andrew Strauss silenced critics with the 20th Test century of his career at Lord’s yesterday but insisted his overriding emotion was relief not vindication.
DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Di Matteo is set to take a big Champions League final gamble and start rookie Ryan Bertrand in his first European match. ALSO: Rafa Benitez has been approached by Liverpool as their search for a new boss took another twist.
THE INDEPENDENT: Roberto Di Matteo has told his players: “Your quality got us this far, now you can go and win it,” on the eve of the biggest night of his managerial career. ALSO: Liverpool’s owners are preparing to formally approach Andre Villas-Boas as they seek a replacement for Kenny Dalglish, while the prospect of them meeting Brendan Rodgers, the Swansea City manager, has not been ruled out.