What the papers say

  • Last Updated: February 4 2013, 7:40 GMT

THE SUN: Jose Mourinho is ready to return to Stamford Bridge and rescue his beloved Chelsea. Also: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini accused Liverpool of breaking one of football's unwritten rules.

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DAILY MAIL: Roberto Mancini has warned his Manchester City players they will need to win all their remaining 13 games to stand any chance of retaining the title. Also: Roy Hodgson's plans for England's friendly against Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday have been hit by the withdrawals of Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick.

DAILY MIRROR: Defiant Roberto Mancini yesterday warned Manchester United the title race was far from over. Also: Spurs fear Jermain Defoe could be out for two months with ankle ligament damage.

DAILY EXPRESS: Manchester United's grip on a 20th Premier League title tightened last night after neighbours City slipped again. Also: Stuart Lancaster is ready to make changes for the second leg of England's Six Nations in Ireland on Sunday after admitting a repeat of the performance in beating Scotland 38-18 would not be good enough.

DAILY STAR: Defiant Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini last night refused to throw in the title towel saying: It's not over yet. Also: Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick last night pulled out of the England squad to face Brazil.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: This was the game that had everything except a winner unless a beaming Manchester United and an enthralled television audience are included. Also: Rafael Benitez is facing a potentially decisive week in his bid to see out the season as Chelsea's interim manager.

THE TIMES: Roberto Mancini has told his Manchester City players that they may have to win all their remaining Barclays Premier League matches this season if they are to retain the title after a 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool left them nine points behind Manchester United. Also: After a bewitching opening round to the RBS Six Nations Championship, England travel to Ireland this weekend for a game the result of which is likely to have a significant bearing on this season's tournament.

THE GUARDIAN: Roberto Mancini insisted Manchester City are still in the Premier League title race despite the 2-2 draw with Liverpool that left them trailing Manchester United by nine points with 13 games left. Also: Jermain Defoe has withdrawn from the England squad for Wednesday night's friendly against Brazil at Wembley, after suffering suspected ankle ligament damage against West Bromwich Albion, also leaving Tottenham Hotspur without a recognised striker.

THE INDEPENDENT: The way they clinched the championship means that there will always be hope of retaining it but Manchester City had better start rummaging around for the keys to the trophy cabinet. Also: At the club that has almost run out of available strikers, it is some consolation that, in Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur have the man who can do it all.

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