Paper News and Gossip: Bayern Accuse Wayne Rooney, Mourinho on Zlatan
Confident noises are emerging from Manchester United after David Moyes' team held Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw in the Champions League quarter-final first leg, note the newspapers on Wednesday.
But the German and European champions have pointed an accusing finger at Wayne Rooney over his part in the dismissal of Bastian Schweinsteiger at Old Trafford.
Elsewhere in Wednesday's back pages, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho recounts his experience of life managing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
But who else is making the headlines on Wednesday? Read on to find out more.
Pep Guardiola Accuses Wayne Rooney in Dismissal of Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola has accused Wayne Rooney of diving in the incident which saw Bastian Schweinsteiger sent off in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, reports Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.
The Germany international was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Rooney late on in the game after earlier cancelling out Nemanja Vidic's opener for United.
But Guardiola was unimpressed with the Old Trafford forward, and he is quoted as saying:
I spoke with the referee. He's a very good referee.
He made a very, very good game but it's unfair (the red card). But it's OK.
If you want to win the Champions League you have to solve and overcome everything during the competition. I gave my opinion to the referee, that's all.
United manager David Moyes believes his side can now go on to claim victory in the Allianz Arena in the second leg, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.
The United manager is quoted as saying:
I think we’ve given ourselves a great opportunity to go to Munich and get a victory.
I believe they had a fight on their hands before the first leg. Tonight shows that we’ll be there. We’ll go toe to toe with them and try and come out on top.
I always felt we could score against them and we’ll go to Munich believing we can score a goal.
It’s a tough game, but our best football has come in this competition and we need to show our best football when we go to Munich next week.
Jose Mourinho Recounts Tale of Raging Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is relishing a return match with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Champions League after recounting a tale of facing down the former Inter Milan striker in Italy, reports Rob Beasley of The Sun (subscription required).
When Mourinho was Inter boss, the San Siro club were already champions and the PSG striker was looking for a goal to make him the leading goalscorer in Serie A in 2009.
But when Mario Balotelli missed a chance instead of setting up the Sweden international, Ibrahimovic demanded to be taken off.
Mourinho is quoted as saying:
He was very angry and upset as he came at me.
He was shouting ‘We are champions, I helped a lot to make you champions, now nobody’s helping me. I want to go out now. I want to go out!’
But I pretended not to understand him. I pretended I couldn’t tell what he was saying.
I said ‘What? What? Do you want a drink, do you want some water?’ and I threw him a bottle. I told him ‘Here take a drink and go.’
And a few minutes later he scored a beautiful goal, one of those backheels of his that he often scores.
We won the game and he was the top scorer in the league — 25 goals I think. So he was happy in the end.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are facing an investigation after a former owner of partner club Vitesse Arnhem claimed the London side told the Dutch club to drop their hopes of reaching the Champions League, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.
Arsenal Linked with Transfer Move for Tottenham Defender Younes Kaboul
Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul is considering a transfer switch across north London to Arsenal, reports David Woods of the Daily Star.
The reported move would mirror the path taken by Sol Campbell, and Woods notes that the France international is out of contract in the summer.
The Gunners will renew their interest in former Chelsea midfielder Salomon Kalou in the summer, claims Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror.
Tottenham Hotspur Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris Attracting Barcelona, Atletico and PSG
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has emerged as a target for several Champions League clubs, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
The France international has been an impressive addition to the Spurs squad since joining last season.
And now Cross claims Champions League quarter-finalists Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are all interested in landing the 27-year-old.
Thibaut Courtois Set to Renew Chelsea Contract and Stay at Atletico for 1 Year
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is poised to extend his contract with the Stamford Bridge club and remain on loan at Atletico Madrid for another season, reports Paul Collins of the Daily Mail.
The Belgium international is in his third season on loan with Atletico, and he has played an integral role in helping the La Liga club's recent excellent form in domestic and Champions League competition.
But, as Collins notes, Courtois does not want to return to Chelsea unless he is the first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Petr Cech.
Chelsea, though, are now poised to extend Courtois' deal with the club and allow him to stay with Atletico for a further season, according to the report.
Meanwhile, PSG striker Edinson Cavani has alerted Chelsea after admitting he could leave the French club in the summer, reports Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror.
Chelsea and Manchester United are monitoring FC Porto full-back Alex Sandro, reports Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror.
Portsmouth Set to Benefit from Potential Liverpool Premier League Triumph
Financially stricken Portsmouth could earn a £1 million windfall if Liverpool win the Premier League title, reports the Daily Mirror.
A clause in the contract for England and Anfield defender Glen Johnson will see the League Two strugglers pick up the bonus if the Reds lift the championship this season.
According to the article, Johnson joined Liverpool in a £17 million deal from Pompey in 2009 with the proviso of a financial benefit at Fratton Park if the player helped to win the Premier League.
Bits and Pieces: Sergio Aguero, West Brom, Gerard Deulofeu, Serge Aurier
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has voiced his concern at the possibility of missing the World Cup through injury, reports Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star.
The Argentina international has been dogged by a hamstring problem this season, and he is conscious of the Brazil finals and the remainder of the campaign as he recovers.
Aguero is quoted as saying:
With this recovery I am trying to do my best to be able to play again, but I cannot do it in a hurry.
I do think to myself if something happens now, I will lose the rest of the Premier League season and the World Cup.
West Bromwich Albion have attempted to draw a line under the dressing-room incident, which left Sadio Berahino with an injury, reports Graham Hill of The Sun (subscription required).
Everton forward Gerard Deulofeu believes manager Roberto Martinez is on course to manage his parent club Barcelona one day, reports Jack Wilson of the Daily Star.
Aston Villa and Newcastle United will join Arsenal in the chase for Toulouse full-back Serge Aurier in the summer, claims Michael Morgan of The Sun.