WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: A Euro obsession

12/04/2011 09:30

Chelsea 'obsessed' with European Cup
Even when he is in a relatively supine mood, Sir Alex Ferguson has a talent for finding the weak spot of an opponent and when it comes to Chelsea, his foremost domestic rival of the last eight years, it is not difficult to press the right buttons. For Chelsea, and their owner Roman Abramovich in particular, winning the Champions League has, in Ferguson's words, become an "obsession" and it is difficult to argue with him. It is an obsession that Ferguson freely admits he shared himself before he cleared the hurdle of the first triumph in 1999 – "a monkey off my back" – so he knows better than anyone else how much it must gnaw away at Chelsea. It was there in the first leg at Stamford Bridge when the United fans periodically unfurled a banner proclaiming "Viva John Terry", their reference to his missed penalty at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Champions League final in Moscow three years ago. And carefully though he broached the topic yesterday, there was no doubting that this was Ferguson's gentle reminder to Chelsea that another year without winning the Champions League is another year spent outside the elite of European football. "I can agree that it seems it has become an obsession with them to win the European Cup," Ferguson said. "That is certainly why they signed Fernando Torres in January. There is no question of that in my mind. That is an obvious reason for signing the lad. Abramovich, the owner, has very much nailed his colours to the mast in that respect – I've felt that for quite a while with him."
Sam Wallace, The Independent

All the papers preview the second leg clash at Old Trafford, while the Daily Mirror runs quotes from Arsenal's Jack Wilshere who claims United will crack in their pursuit of the Treble. “We are chasing them, but we’ve a game in hand and United have still to play us," he said. “We’re confident they will drop points. United rotated their team on Saturday and did well, but eventually playing in Europe is going to catch up with them.”

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