Paper News and Gossip: Demba Ba Saves Chelsea, Bayern Will Have 'Doubts'
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea's win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals dominates the back pages on Wednesday.
Demba Ba struck late on at Stamford Bridge to seal the Blues' place in the semi-finals, and then he delivered a retort to Jose Mourinho's recent comment about a lack of strikers at the club.
Manchester United manager David Moyes believes his team can take advantage of Bayern Munich "doubts," to join Chelsea in the last four.
But who else is making the headlines on Wednesday? Read on to find out more.
Demba Ba Hits Back at Mourinho Striker Comment After Sealing Win over PSG
Demba Ba sent Chelsea through to the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday night with his late goal in the 2-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain as the Blues claimed an away-goal victory.
But the former Newcastle forward hit back at Jose Mourinho's claim that he had a lack of strikers at the club, as Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph reported.
Ba is quoted as saying:
I’m not out for revenge.
Maybe he (Mourinho) doesn’t have strikers to his liking, but I know that we have three great strikers and I think that a lot of clubs would like to have them.
I haven’t been given my chance much this season and I've taken it.
It’s the first time I've wished PSG to lose and it’s me who scores the goal, luckily for Chelsea.
Mourinho believes the victory underlined the "spirit" in his squad, as John Cross of the Daily Mirror reported.
The Chelsea boss is quoted as saying:
Anything can happen. A big opponent is waiting for us in the semi-final, but I think it doesn't matter who. They know we are a team with a special spirit, even if we are not in the maximum of our potential.
We were lucky, because we have the result we fought for.
But, if for some reason we hadn't scored the second, or if they had scored from the last corner in the last moment to send us out, everybody in this club would still have been proud of the boys.
David Moyes Targets Bayern Munich 'Doubts' with Wayne Rooney in Tow
Manchester United manager David Moyes is hoping Bayern Munich's poor record against English clubs will play on their mind on Wednesday night, reports Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required).
In recent seasons, both Arsenal and Manchester City have won at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League, and the Old Trafford boss believes that can act in favour of his team.
Moyes is quoted as saying:
I think it would be something which is in Bayern’s mind, that English teams have come here—and got a good record.
They will have that doubt. They are European champions, but they will have the games they've played against English teams in mind.
And we will try to use it to our advantage.
Moyes is quoted as saying:
Everybody knows the character Wayne is and the kind of player he is.
He’s determined to play and if he is determined we would be mad not to play him.
He’s able to train and is massively keen to be involved. He’s not trained all week so we need to be wary of that.
He’s happy to take an injection, which shows you his feeling for the game and the club.
Aaron Ramsey Set for FA Cup Start for Arsenal as Iker Casillas Linked with Move
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is poised for a starting berth in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
The Wales international made his first appearance since Boxing Day when he came on as a substitute in the 3-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday.
Now, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is preparing to hand Ramsey a start at Wembley at the weekend, claims the article.
The Gunners star is quoted as saying:
I've told Iker I would like him to join Arsenal. But so far he has just been curious about my experience in England.
His situation is very complicated but he has to make a decision.
Lots of clubs want him, including Arsenal. But I think it would be very difficult to leave Real because he knows what he has at Madrid—and what he could find at another club.
Cristiano Ronaldo Fumes from Bench as Real Madrid Stutter at Dortmund
Cristiano Ronaldo spent an anxious evening on the Real Madrid bench on Tuesday as his team-mates almost squandered a three-goal Champions League lead against Borussia Dortmund, reports Paul Collins of the Daily Mail.
The Portugal international was in a relaxed mood after being rested for the game by Carlo Ancelotti, but that soon changed when Marco Reus opened the scoring at the Westfalenstadion, claims Collins.
Ronaldo, who needs one more goal to set a new record in the Champions League, was relieved to see Real escape with a 2-0 defeat to progress into the last four.
Collins also reported how the Portugal international met with a Polish teenager he had helped out of a three-month coma.
Everton Look to Extend Loan of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona
Everton will attempt to extend the loan of Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu for another season, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
The 20-year-old has been a part of the Blues' charge for the Champions League this season, and he is a fans' favourite at Goodison Park.
Now, Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to lengthen Deulofeu's time with the Merseyside club for another year, although the move may be dependent on Barcelona's transfer ban and the Blues reaching the Champions League for next season.
But Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail has been left unimpressed by Everton's use of the loan system this season.
Tottenham on Alert as Mauricio Pochettino Delays Decision on Southampton Deal
Tottenham Hotspur have been placed "on alert" after Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino delayed a decision on a new deal at the club until the summer, reports Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph.
The former Argentina international has been linked with replacing Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane at the end of the season, notes Wilson.
Pochettino's current contract expires at the end of next season but wants to delay any decision on an extension until the summer, claims the article.
Meanwhile, Paul Brown of the Daily Star claims Sherwood is confident of landing another top job when his time in the Spurs hotseat comes to an end.
Football Association Poised to Bring in Blanket Ban on Betting
The Football Association is set to introduce a blanket ban on football betting for all club employees, reports Ben Rumsby of the Daily Telegraph.
Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore, pictured above, is the latest football figure to admit breaching the FA's current rules on betting and is now facing a possible ban, according to the article.
The current regulations include the banning of bets by anyone on any competition in which their club has been involved.
However, Rumsby claims a spate of betting charges against figures in the game will see the FA revisit the gambling rules.
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