What the papers say

  • Last Updated: February 13 2013, 7:24 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in this morning's newspapers.

Mourinho: Set for Premier League return
Mourinho: Set for Premier League return

DAILY TELEGRAPH On a glittering evening in Castille tonight, Manchester United are pitted against Real Madrid, the nine-time champions of Europe, the team shaped by Jose Mourinho and sharpened by Cristiano Ronaldo, the ultimate "acid test" according to Sir Alex Ferguson. Also: Celtic's extraordinary Champions League run hit the buffers last night as Juventus imposed themselves with a potent mixture of defensive mastery and cynicism to make their progress to the quarter-finals a formality.

THE TIMESSir Alex Ferguson has warned his players that failure is not an option in their "acid test" against Real Madrid as the Manchester United manager predicted chaos and goals at the Bernabeu this evening. Also: It is one of the oldest sports in the world, counting Ancient Greeks among its first expert practitioners, and it has a purity rivalled only by running, but wrestling is struggling to keep a grip on its place in the Olympics.

THE SUN Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United troops they cannot blow their 'acid test' in the Bernabeu. Also: Jose Mourinho has dropped his biggest hint yet that he will return to the Premier League this summer - but not to take charge of Manchester United.

THE GUARDIAN Sir Alex Ferguson goes into Manchester United's Champions League game with Real Madrid insisting that his team are better than they have been widely portrayed and that it is only people's "foggy memories" that have denied them the credit he believes they deserve. Also: Celtic should receive plaudits for their approach to the visit of Juventus, which was about as bold as any onlooker could reasonably expect.

DAILY MAIL Sir Alex Ferguson expects tonight's Champions League clash at the Bernabeu to descend into 'chaos' as his Manchester United side go for goals against Real Madrid. Also: Lions coach Warren Gatland has ignited a storm by declaring he is reluctant to pick too many England players for fear of a 'circus' derailing the summer trip to Australia.

DAILY MIRROR Real Madrid have set their sights on Wayne Rooney after being warned that the "bogey man" is out to get them. Also: Jose Mourinho says he is coming back to the Premier League - probably this summer.

DAILY EXPRESS Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he sees his future back in English football. Also: Queens Park Rangers have been told they were "out of their minds" to spend so much on bringing Chris Samba back to the Premier League.

THE INDEPENDENT Sir Alex Ferguson declared last night that his players are being judged against "foggy memories" of how strong his previous Manchester United teams actually were and that they have a better chance of brushing Real Madrid aside in the Champions League last-16 tonight than people think. Also: If this is the end of Celtic's Champions League dream - and it is hard to see any other conclusion - then the final act of an enthralling adventure was about bravery and brutality.

DAILY STAR Sir Alex Ferguson admits Manchester United's Treble dream faces the acid test in Madrid tonight. Also: Everton have joined the chase for England and Chelsea star Frank Lampard.


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