Paper News and Gossip: Wenger Makes Referee Call, Guardiola Warning
Arsenal are facing an unenviable task in overhauling a two-goal deficit against Bayern Munich, but manager Arsene Wenger is hoping for fair refereeing to give his team a chance, according to Tuesday's newspapers.
The Gunners are buoyant following the FA Cup quarter-final win over Everton on Saturday, but Wenger is concerned over the prospect of another red card for one of his players in the Champions League.
Bayern boss Pep Guardiola has a warning of his own for his players as they defend a 2-0 lead at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night.
But who else is making the headlines on Tuesday? Read on to find out more.
Arsene Wenger Calls for 'Fair Chance' from Referee vs. Bayern Munich
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for a "fair chance" from Norwegian referee Svein Oddmar Moen in Tuesday night's Champions League tie at Bayern Munich, reports Sam Wallace of The Independent.
The Gunners are chasing a two-goal deficit at the Allianz Arena, and the Emirates Stadium boss has highlighted previous red cards for his team in the tournament to underline his desire for fairness.
Wenger is quoted as saying:
Manchester City played with 10 men [in their first leg tie], we played with 10 men.
Incidentally, we played now a few times with 10 men in Europe and under always very special circumstances.
In the Champions League final, now against Bayern, at Barcelona when we were in a position to qualify. It was a second yellow card.
It's the only time that I've seen that since watching European football...when van Persie was sent off, so I hope (against Bayern) we will get a fair chance to play with 11 v 11 until the end.
Bayern Munich Head Coach Pep Guardiola Wary of Two-Goal Lead over Arsenal
Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola has warned his players not to be complacent over their "dangerous" 2-0 lead over Arsenal, writes Paul Gorst of the Daily Mirror.
The Champions League holders are strong favourites to progress into the quarter-finals at the expense of the Gunners after their win at the Emirates Stadium.
But Guardiola is unconvinced that the two-goal advantage will be enough and is quoted as saying:
Winning 2-0 in London was a very good result for us, but it is also dangerous. We have a very good chance to go through, but we have to be in the situation that we really focus on the game.
We have to bring our ideas across in the way we play, and know what the strengths are. The Champions League is a huge game for us; it is not like a day-to-day game in the Bundesliga. We have to do our best.
We have to make sure we have the ball, that we really attack well and go through to the next phase.
They have a lot of quality, so we have to make sure we have a lot of possession. We have to make sure they do not score a goal.
Samir Nasri Delighted at Chance to Exorcise FA Cup Loss with Barcelona Tie
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri believes the Champions League tie against Barcelona will exorcise the hangover from the shock FA Cup defeat by Wigan Athletic, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.
City saw their hopes of a domestic treble ended by the Championship club on Sunday, but the France international is convinced the trip to the Nou Camp is the ideal chance to overcome the shock loss.
Nasri is quoted as saying:
We feel hungover. It was a bad performance against Wigan and we didn't play well. It’s the FA Cup, they gave it us on a plate (those who did the draw) and we refused to take it.
I really don’t know. I can’t find the words because I'm really disappointed. The main disappointment is that it’s twice now that Wigan have beaten us in the FA Cup. It’s really difficult to accept.
Thank God we play a big game on Wednesday. It’s the best way to forget this game and be focused on the next one.
It’s going to be a big game. We’re going to think about Barcelona, we need to be positive and get a result there.
A game like this, you cannot not be focused from the start. It’s an amazing game and we can do something fantastic if we change the result.
Meanwhile, McDonnell also reports that City manager Manuel Pellegrini will snub the pre-match press conference, after his touchline ban by UEFA for his criticism of the referee after the first leg against Barcelona.
Pepe Reina to Trigger £4.5M Release Clause to Exit Liverpool Permanently
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina will trigger a release clause in his deal to ensure a permanent transfer in the summer, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.
The former Anfield No. 1 joined Napoli in the summer for the season, as Brendan Rodgers made new signing Simon Mignolet his first-choice goalkeeper.
But Reina will now use a £4.5 million release clause in his contract to ensure his departure is permanent.
Maddock reports that both Napoli and Atletico Madrid are interested in adding Reina to their squads next season.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have joined the chase for Benfica midfielder Lazar Markovic, writes Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.
Manchester United Open Talks with Sporting for William Carvalho
Manchester United have opened talks with Sporting over the proposed transfer of defensive midfielder William Carvalho, reports Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required).
United manager David Moyes has targeted Carvalho as part of his rebuilding programme in the summer, and he is confident of completing the deal ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City, claims Custis.
Meanwhile, Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports that United are also monitoring Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, Paris Saint-Germain defender Alex and Mehdi Benatia of Roma.
However, the long-term knee injury suffered by Roma star Kevin Strootman will see United re-evaluate their summer transfer plans, writes Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.
Inter Milan Deny Contact with Man Utd and Chelsea for Hernandez and Torres
The Serie A side have been linked with moves for both forwards, according to the article, but Inter insist no moves have been made on their part.
Meanwhile, Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express reports that Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set to run down his Stamford Bridge contract in order to join Real Madrid.
The Belgium international has been on loan at Atletico Madrid, but he is now preparing a move across the Spanish capital, claims the article.
Spurs Back Sherwood, Rodwell's Everton Return, David Beckham Turns to Del Boy
Tottenham Hotspur have backed head coach Tim Sherwood after he admitted he did not know what his future held at the club, reports Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.
According to Lewis, Spurs claim Sherwood's position will not rely on reaching the Champions League for next season, and they have no plans to alter the 18-month deal the coach signed after he replaced Andre Villas-Boas earlier in the season.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is keen to offer Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell a return to the club, reports Phil Thomas of The Sun (subscription required).
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star will feature alongside Sir David Jason, who plays Del Boy in the series, in a one-off episode for Comic Relief.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is in talks with the club over a new contract, reports John Percy of the Daily Telegraph.