UK Back Pages: Petr Cech No 2nd Choice, Drogba, Gerrard Deals in the Headlines

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVJuly 24, 2014

Galatasaray's Didier Drogba, left, greets Chelsea's Petr Cech at the end of the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge stadium  in London Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

The back pages in the UK today have their focus spread across several subjects, with the Commonwealth Games also muscling in on the football coverage. 

Let's take a look at some of tomorrow's talking points:

The Sun lead on Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho apparently confident that a deal to bring in Didier Drogba for a second time is close but also signalling that goalkeeper Petr Cech will not be content to be second choice to Thibaut Courtois:

SUN SPORT: Drog n moan #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/DGgG61kOmx

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) July 24, 2014

The Daily Mirror ran a similar story, but it's one focusing more closely on the goalkeeping situation at Stamford Bridge:

MIRROR SPORT: Reign Cech (see what they did there?) #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/LkIqGKQHBx

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) July 24, 2014

Drogba gets a mention in the Daily Star, but there is also talk of Steven Gerrard being offered a further three years at Liverpool:

STAR SPORT: Kop that! #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/tN6nlIHnWu

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) July 24, 2014

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, spreads its coverage between the Brownlee brothers' 1-2 in the Commonwealth Games triathlon and Andy Carroll's latest injury blow for West Ham United:

MAIL SPORT: pic.twitter.com/NsdLIAKkjZ

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) July 24, 2014

Alistair and Jonny get all of the Daily Telegraph's back page:

TELEGRAPH SPORT: Brilliant brothers #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/I8JCB45nHO

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) July 24, 2014

While The Times takes a similar direction:

TIMES SPORT: England shine on first golden day in Glasgow #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/B5FiXNDDPX

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) July 24, 2014

Finally, the Indepedent plumps for a Commonwealth Games lead, but in contrast to elsewhere leads on (relative) failure, with Sir Bradley Wiggins' England pursuit team beaten into silver medal in the velodrome.

INDEPENDENT SPORT: Wiggins left second best #tomorrowspaperstoday (have you seen those suits?) pic.twitter.com/FSTQjgyNtO

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) July 24, 2014

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