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Stars keep title hopes alive

Manchester City'a Carlos Tevez celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 24, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Manchester City'a Carlos Tevez celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 24, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

A roundup of the news making the back pages.

DAILY MIRROR: Phil Parkinson last night paid tribute to Bradford’s supporters after their fairytale run in the Capital One Cup was ended in the final by Swansea. Also: Emmanuel Adebayor will be handed the job of lifting Tottenham into third place.

THE SUN: Nathan Dyer last night defended the astonishing tantrum which threatened to take the gloss off Swansea’s Capital One Cup glory. Also: Manu Tuilagi will treasure the blood-stained shirt which inspired him to fry the French.

DAILY STAR: Michael Laudrup watched five-star Swansea make history, then hailed it as his biggest achievement in football. Also: Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez struck to keep Manchester City’s slim title hopes alive - and leave Chelsea fearing for their top-four future.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Swansea City made history here, elegantly winning the League Cup by the biggest margin ever and effortlessly lifting their first major trophy, and they drew on their own past in doing so. Also: Roberto Mancini could have thanked Joe Hart for saving a penalty, he may have counted his blessings that Chelsea were quite so bad, but after seeing Manchester City keep their faint title hopes alive, he instead thanked the Pope.

THE INDEPENDENT: Michael Laudrup last night set his Capital One Cup win with Swansea City apart from even the famous triumphs of his glorious playing days. Also: Rafael Benitez, who looked tired, was asked if he was tired. “I was not running today so I’m fine,” he replied, though his body language said more than words possibly could.

THE TIMES: Michael Laudrup described lifting the Capital One Cup as his finest achievement after his Swansea City side thrashed Bradford City 5-0 at Wembley yesterday. Also: Philippe Saint-Andre may have cursed some of Craig Joubert’s decisions but in his heart the France coach knows he has been as much the architect of his country’s present plight as Stuart Lancaster has been responsible for England’s turnaround in fortunes.

THE GUARDIAN: Michael Laudrup hailed Swansea City’s emphatic League Cup final victory over Bradford City, which marked the Welsh club’s centenary year with the first major trophy in their history, as the greatest achievement in his managerial career and “up there with the best things” he has experienced in football. Also: Two gold medals at the age of 21 in less than 24 hours left Becky James stiff-legged and lost for words and the cycling world in a state of shock.

DAILY EXPRESS: Michu revealed Swansea City took it easy after going 4-0 ahead against Bradford City out of “respect” - but that did not stop them going on to a record 5-0 win at Wembley. Also: Rafa Benitez saw Chelsea fall to defeat at Manchester City then admitted they are sweating on qualifying for the Champions League next season.

DAILY MAIL: Michael Laudrup admitted responsibility for Swansea’s penalty mix-up after they crushed League Two side Bradford City to win the Capital One Cup at Wembley. Also: England’s players have been warned about the growing Grand Slam hype, but are ready to embrace the prospect of their first clean sweep for a decade.

 

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