WHAT today’s papers are saying:
THE OBSERVER: At the game’s final whistle every Bolton Wanderers player, the substitutes, the coaching staff, the masseurs, the doctors, the kit-men, even Lofty the Lion, came together for a group huddle. Also: Kenny Dalglish suggested his team are paying the price for success as Liverpool lost to Wigan at Anfield for the first time in their history, the manager explaining that progress in both domestic cup competitions has caused fatigue among his squad.
THE SUN: Fabrice Muamba sent a good-luck message to his Bolton pals before yesterday’s win over Blackburn. Also: Furious Roberto Mancini blew his top after watching his side drop two priceless points.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Manchester City’s title ambitions suffered a blow last night thanks to the unlikely figure of Peter Crouch, who scored one of the greatest Premier League goals to ensure Roberto Mancini’s side were held to a 1-1 draw at Stoke. Also: Warren Gatland, the Wales coach, has entered into contract negotiations to become the head coach of the British and Irish Lions for next summer’s tour of Australia, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Roman Abramovich’s plans for a massive overhaul of the Chelsea squad this summer have advanced with the news that the club will enter the race to sign Eden Hazard.
THE PEOPLE: Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho are planning a face-to-face meeting as the Real Madrid boss considers a sensational return to Chelsea. Also: Kenny Dalglish clashed with Roberto Martinez as Liverpool’s nightmare run continued with defeat to Wigan.
THE INDEPENDENT: Mark Hughes branded the challenge by Djibril Cisse that led to the forward’s second sending-off in only his fifth start for Queens Park Rangers as “crazy”.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Kenny Dalglish remained defiant last night after Liverpool slumped to a fifth defeat in six Premier League matches. Also: Bolton boss Owen Coyle dedicated his side’s 2-1 win over Blackburn to Fabrice Muamba - and said his players were inspired by a message of support from their hospitalised team-mate.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Fabio Capello is ready to return to England to manage in the Premier League.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Luka Modric will not sign a new deal at Tottenham - until he knows who will be boss next season. Also: Peter Crouch scored a contender for Goal of the Season to rock Manchester City’s bid for Premier League glory.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: A stunning wonder-goal from Peter Crouch left Man City’s title bid on the brink last night. Also: Manchester City are planning a £25m swoop for Athletic Bilbao star Javi Martinez.