Papers: Phil eyes final hotel
Scolari books Chelsea in early for final
Luiz Felipe Scolari demonstrated his supreme confidence that Chelsea will reach the Champions League final for a second successive season last night by instructing his employers to reserve rooms in the Cavalieri Hilton in Rome for the last week of May. Scolari’s side need a win against Roma this evening to ensure qualification for the first knockout round, but the manager is already thinking ahead to next year, when the final will be held at the Olympic Stadium on May 27. Chelsea’s hotel in the Roman hills, where rooms start at £776 a night, rising to £6,400 for the King’s Suite, is less than half a mile from the stadium and Scolari is hoping to return to make up for last season’s penalty shoot-out defeat by Manchester United in Moscow. “I like this hotel,” Scolari said. “It’s beautiful. If the hotel accepts, we’ll book it for May."Matt Hughes, The Times
The same newspaper reports United's reserve-team coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
has turned down the chance to manage Brann in his native Norway while The Sun
quotes Cristiano Ronaldo
reiterating what he told MUTV
recently, "I'm at the right club."
Several papers carry Ryan Giggs' remarks on the challenge of retaining the Champions League. "It’s not going to be easy but we feel we have a great chance."