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Paper News and Gossip: Man City 'Underestimated' Wigan, Jose Mourinho Blast

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 10, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Man City 'Underestimated' Wigan, Jose Mourinho Blast

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    Manchester City's shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan Athletic dominates the back pages on Monday.

    Manuel Pellegrini saw his team's hopes of a domestic treble unravel with a 2-1 home loss to the Championship side, just one week after winning the Capital One Cup at Wembley.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is also in the news with his view on players who earn regular penalties for their teams.

    But who else is making the headlines on Monday? Read on to find out more.

Pellegrini Admits Manchester City 'Underestimated' FA Cup Holders Wigan

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    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini concedes his team were guilty of underestimating Championship side Wigan Athletic in their FA Cup quarter-final defeat to the Latics, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

    City saw their dreams of a domestic treble unfold at the Etihad Stadium as former Manchester City striker Uwe Rosler guided the cup holders into the semi-finals.

    Pellegrini is quoted as saying:

    Maybe we thought that it was not so difficult and when we reacted it was too late.

    We gave 55 minutes to Wigan without playing at the pace we needed to play. I think that’s maybe the worst half we've had here.

    Now we have to continue playing the Champions League and Premier League. We have a lot of things to fight for until the end of the season.

    First we must try to win in Barcelona on Wednesday, then continue to try to reach the top of the Premier League with the three games we have in hand.

Jose Mourinho's 'Coded' Attack on Luis Suarez as Penalty King

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    According to Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has launched a "coded" attack on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez over his ability to win penalties for Liverpool.

    Lipton claims the Stamford Bridge boss turned a question over his team's predatory instincts after the win over Tottenham on Saturday into a withering assessment on players who won regular penalties for their team.

    Instead of defending Samuel Eto'o for his role in earning the spot-kick, which also saw Younes Kaboul dismissed, Mourinho is quoted as saying:

    We had a big opportunity in the second minute of the game, when other players with other shirts would go for a penalty and a red card for the keeper.

    Hazard doesn't do that. He tries to go away from the keeper and he misses from a difficult angle.

    But other players in this league, in that situation, they attack the keeper. I did not see a video of Eto’o and the penalty but I want to.

    But you know the kings of the penalties, you know where they are, and they’re not here.

    Meanwhile, John Drayton of the Daily Mail claims Paris Saint-Germain are considering a £41.5 million summer move for Chelsea midfielder Oscar.

Arsenal Board Convinced Arsene Wenger Will Sign New Contract with the Gunners

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    Arsenal could not have wished for a better FA Cup weekend after their 4-1 quarter-final win over Everton was followed by the exit of Manchester City from the competition.

    The Gunners will now face Wigan Athletic in the semi-final at Wembley, where victory will see them face either Hull City or Sheffield United in the final.

    John Cross of the Daily Mirror notes that the FA Cup represents the ideal way to sell a new contract for manager Arsene Wenger to the supporters, who have not celebrated a trophy since 2005.

    Cross writes:

    Never has the FA Cup been as important to Arsene Wenger either. And this is a manager who has won it four times with Arsenal. It would prove that Wenger wants to go back to those glory days.

    Gunners chief Wenger accepts that a trophy is 'vital' and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and the rest of the Arsenal hierarchy were at the Everton game to enjoy the magic of the cup as they must be praying for some silverware, too.

    There is no doubt in the board’s mind that Wenger is staying. Nothing has changed. He has told them he will sign the contract on the table, but a trophy would make it so much easier to sell to the fans.

    You would also not see supporters go into meltdown every time Arsenal lose a game. The fans want a day out at Wembley, the players want a trophy and if Wenger can also get them into the top four it will have been a very good season.

Tottenham Head Coach Tim Sherwood Fears for His Future

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    Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood is convinced chairman Daniel Levy has already decided to replace him in the summer, reports Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.

    According to the article, Levy is expected to bring in Holland manager Louis van Gaal in the summer, but Sherwood has hinted that he would like to succeed Franco Baldini as technical manager at White Hart Lane.

    When he was asked for his view on reports of a new manager coming in, Sherwood is quoted as saying:

    The silence is deafening, isn't it? It’s up to Daniel.

    It’s up to the club to make that decision.

    One thing I guarantee people is that there is no one who cares more than me.

    I want the team to do very well and it hurts me when they don’t. I need people to be hurting like I'm hurting.

Manchester United Players Hold Clear-the-Air Talks After Olympiakos Defeat

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    Manchester United players held "crisis talks" in the wake of the Champions League defeat at Olympiakos, reports Graeme Bryce of The Sun (subscription required).

    According to the article, United stars Rafael and Phil Jones confirmed the clear-the-air talks took place after the loss in Greece.

    Subsequently, David Moyes' team bounced back with a 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, United are preparing a double swoop on Southampton pair Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, reports Anthony Chapman of the Daily Express.

    Moyes and United are also set to be bolstered by a new £600 million, 10-year kit deal with Nike, claims Simon Mullock of the Mirror.

Southampton Eye Cut-Price Transfer Move for Juventus Striker Fabio Quagliarella

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    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is considering a £2 million move for Fabio Quagliarella in the summer, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The Saints boss is looking to the Juventus striker as a replacement for Dani Osvaldo, who is set to leave the St Mary's Stadium club in the summer, claims the article.

    Italy international Quagliarella, 31, has failed to find a regular first-team place with the Serie A champions this season, and Pochettino is looking to take advantage with a move for the forward.

Bits and Pieces: Olivier Giroud Thanks Arsene Wenger, Shaw Credits Ashley Cole

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    Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has thanked manager Arsene Wenger for his support after allegations about his private life, reports Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

    The France international was accused of meeting a model in a hotel room the night before a Premier League game against Crystal Palace last month in a newspaper report.

    But the Gunners striker, who scored twice after coming off the bench in the FA Cup win over Everton on Saturday, now wants to turn his attentions to the future on the pitch.

    Southampton defender Luke Shaw insists he has the support of Ashley Cole, despite battling with him for a place in England's World Cup squad, reports Mike Donovan of The Sun (subscription required).

    Shaw, who made his England debut as a substitute against Denmark last week, is quoted as saying:

    Ash was very supportive. Before I came on he came up to me, gave me a tap on the head and said, 'Enjoy the experience and have fun.'

    As a kid, I watched him a lot because I went to the games, so it was great to hear that from such a big star. He’s a great lad.

    It didn't surprise me. Ash has always been like that. He supports whoever is in his position.

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