What the papers say

  • Last Updated: November 5 2012, 7:25 GMT

A look at what is making the headlines on the back pages of today's press.

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THE TIMES: Roberto Mancini admitted last night that Manchester City are not good enough to win the Champions League this season. Also: Alan Pardew accepted Fabricio Coloccini's sending-off for a lunge on Luis Suarez after reviewing video footage of the incident and coming to the conclusion that the challenge "did not look too clever".

THE INDEPENDENT: The Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew, is considering an appeal against the red card that could see his captain Fabricio Coloccini suspended for three games. Also: Ian Poulter has climbed from 26th place to 15th in the world after his two-shot victory at the HSBC Champions in China.

THE GUARDIAN: Roberto Mancini goes into Manchester City's must-win Champions League tie at home to Ajax tomorrow night admitting that his team are not yet ready to be credible contenders for Europe's elite trophy. Also: Brendan Rodgers hailed Luis Suarez as "unplayable" and claimed signing support for the striker in January will be crucial for Liverpool's campaign after the Uruguay international rescued a point against Newcastle.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Andre Santos could pay the price for his dreadful performance at Manchester United on Saturday by being dropped for tomorrow's crucial Champions League tie at Schalke, with first choice left-back Kieran Gibbs available again. Also: Concerns over the lack of doping safeguards in tennis deepened yesterday when Roger Federer, president of the Association of Tennis Professionals' player council, revealed that he was not being drug tested as much now as he was in the mid-2000s.

DAILY MIRROR: The Premier League will this week hold a summit meeting with the FA and the PFA in the wake of the Kick It Out T-shirt boycott. Also: Crazy Gang godfather Dave Bassett warned there was "bound to be a bit of feeling" as MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon were put on an FA Cup collision course.

THE SUN: Alan Pardew defended Fabricio Coloccini after he was branded a "coward". Also: Patrice Evra hit back at Arsene Wenger's claim that Jack Wilshere did not deserve to be sent off at Old Trafford.

DAILY MAIL: Pep Guardiola wants to be the next manager of Chelsea. Also: Gareth Hock fuelled rumours that his future lies in Sydney by evading the waiting media after England's second romp of the autumn international series.

DAILY EXPRESS: Roberto Mancini will lead Manchester City into their knife-edge European tie against Ajax tomorrow admitting it could be a decade before they win the Champions League. Also: Kimi Raikkonen kept it short and to the point when he told his pit crew on the radio: "Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing."

DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini has prepared Manchester City for another Euro exit, confessing: "We can't win the Champions League". Also: Lewis Hamilton labelled Sebastian Vettel "the luckiest man in F1" after his pitlane-to-podium drive in yesterday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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