A round up of the sporting headlines from national newspapers including news from Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton, Swansea City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Manchester City are still in with a shout of progressing to the knockout stage of the Champions League but in truth it is little more than a death-bed whisper. Also: Mark Clattenburg will not be interviewed by Football Association officials investigating allegations that he racially abused John Obi Mikel until next week...Lord Coe’s rapid ascent in the world of sport politics is set to continue with his likely nomination for membership of the International Olympic Committee in 2013.
THE TIMES: Roberto Mancini could be facing a touchline ban for Manchester City’s game against Real Madrid that will determine his side’s Champions League fate. Also: Ashley Cole is facing another wait to win his 100th England cap as he is unlikely to be selected for next week’s friendly international against Sweden...Theo Walcott argued that he is worth a starting place after scoring his eighth goal of the season in the 2-2 draw away to Schalke in the Champions League last night.
DAILY MIRROR: Furious Roberto Mancini confronted the referee at the final whistle as Manchester City faced another Champions League elimination. Also: Marouane Chamakh is fed up with the cold shoulder treatment at Arsenal and is eyeing an escape route back to Bordeaux...Ian Bell has admitted he is risking his England Test career by going home for the birth of his child.
THE INDEPENDENT: Roberto Mancini vented his anger on the officials as he blamed them for another depressing night in the Champions League for Manchester City. Also: Celtic striker Gary Hooper was on the brink of a surprise call-up into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for next week’s friendly with Sweden...Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips was the biggest casualty yesterday as Wales announced their line-up to face Argentina on Saturday.
DAILY EXPRESS: Manchester City’s hopes are still flickering but they continue to make life so hard for themselves in the Champions League. Also: Arsenal put in a Jekyll and Hyde show in Germany last night and were again left disappointed as they threw away a two-goal lead...Chris Ashton’s brush with the rugby authorities has set up what amounts to a trial between Ugo Monye and Charlie Sharples against Fiji on Saturday for the one wing vacancy that will be left against Australia.
DAILY MAIL: Theo Walcott may have put himself closer to a new deal at Arsenal with a goal last night but manager Arsene Wenger may feel he would be better spending the money on shoring up his leaky defence. Also: Ian Bell has admitted that missing the second Test in India to attend the birth of his first child is a risk he is willing to take as England gear up for next week’s series opener...Ronnie O’Sullivan has pulled out of all remaining tournaments this season - including his world-title defence in April.
THE SUN: Roberto Mancini saw City robbed then conceded their Euro dream is over. Also: Theo Walcott fired his 50th goal for Arsenal - and then demanded a regular starting spot...Roberto Di Matteo says Chelsea need “the perfect game” to avoid an early Champions League exit...Steven Gerrard has sensationally revealed he still wants to play for Jose Mourinho.
DAILY STAR: Manchester City’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread. Also: Roberto Di Matteo has challenged Chelsea to play like champions tonight as they bid to hang on to their European crown...Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged his Manchester United to beat the best in Europe and land him a third Champions League crown...Ronnie O’Sullivan is set to retire after quitting snooker for the rest of the season.
THE GUARDIAN: Nigel Adkins is understood to be fearful that he will have lost his job before Saturday’s visit of Swansea City to St Mary’s following Southampton’s dismal start to the Premier League campaign. Also: Chris Smalling has a chance of playing in Portugal tonight as Manchester United try to seal Champions League qualification with four straight wins for the first time since they won the competition in 2008...Wales have sent a warning to anyone considering a big-money move outside the region by ditching their Lions star Mike Phillips.