Paper Talk - 09 November 2012

Lionel Messi: Claims Celtic's triumph over Barcelona was down to luck

Regional Paper Talk: Messi bemoans luck

Lionel Messi says luck played a huge part in Celtic's triumph over Barcelona, while Dougie Freedman aims to make more loan signings at Bolton.

London Evening Standard
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels he has reached "a good compromise" with England boss Roy Hodgson over Jack Wilshere's call-up.
  • Fernando Torres is looking to finally end his Liverpool jinx and help Chelsea stay firmly in the Barclays Premier League title race.
  • Jermain Defoe's hat-trick against Maribor last night saw him surpass Teddy Sheringham on Tottenham's all-time goalscorers' list.
Manchester Evening News
  • Manchester City assistant boss David Platt has defended manager Roberto Mancini following the Italian's midweek outburst.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United are not too reliant on Robin van Persie and predicts that Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez will both reach 20 goals this season
Liverpool Echo
  • Conor Coady admits he realised a boyhood dream after making his Liverpool debut in their 1-0 defeat to Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow.
  • Everton midfielder Leon Osman will not look out of place if he makes his long overdue England bow next week, says Phil Jagielka.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Alan Pardew hailed a towering performance from £6million signing Vurnon Anita as Newcastle United moved to within touching distance of the Europa League's last 32.
  • Sunderland's collective confidence has not been detrimentally affected by their dismal run, according to Carlos Cuellar.
Sunderland Echo
  • Martin O'Neill says his plan in the next few years is to establish a team as solid and impressive as sATURDAY'S opponents Everton.
Northern Echo
  • Tony Mowbray has challenged his players to bring the good times back to the Riverside Stadium as Middlesbrough prepare to play in front of the biggest home crowd of the year tonight.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Michael Laudrup has billed Saturday's trip to Southampton as "one of the key games" in Swansea City's season.
Birmingham Mail
  • Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood feels like a kid at Christmas ahead of facing Manchester United this weekend.
  • West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke has hailed the impact of midfield man Youssouf Mulumbu
Express & Star
  • Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted the end of his Premier League drought shows Villa have more goalscoring options than simply Christian Benteke and Darren Bent.
  • Boaz Myhill is on standby to make his first Premier League appearance in 21 months after No.1 Ben Foster handed Albion a major injury scare.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Neil Warnock insisted that major investment in Leeds United was the "only way forward" for the Elland Road club as he revealed that he had been asked by Ken Bates to compile a list of January transfer targets in anticipation of a takeover.
The Pink un
  • Winger Robert Snodgrass is banking on Norwich City's set-piece routines delivering more goals - to reward hours of practice spent on the training ground.
The Daily Echo
  • Nigel Adkins is aiming to write his own bit of Premier League history after being given the nod to carry on as Saints manager.
Reading Post
  • Jem Karacan is hoping to deliver an early Christmas present to Reading fans and be back on the pitch for the start of December.
The Sentinel
  • Tony Pulis inadvertently paid tribute to the late Clive Dunn by issuing a "don't panic" message to fans ahead of Saturday's potential Premier League nerve-shredder against QPR.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Franco di Santo says Wigan Athletic will float into the West Brom game on Saturday on an air of confidence after back-to-back Premier League victories.
The Bolton News
  • Jacob Butterfield's loan arrival at Wanderers is unlikely to be the last as Dougie Freedman looks to address an "imbalance" in his squad over the next fortnight.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Mark Atkins has urged the fans and owners to get fully behind new manager Henning Berg.
  • Burnley manager Sean Dyche is set to look into signing a number of first team stars on to new deals, including top scorer Charlie Austin.
The Star
  • Dave Jones is not ruling out a loan signing this month for Sheffield Wednesday or a full one after the January window opens.
  • Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson does not fear a repeat of history when his team visit MK Dons tomorrow.
Evening Times
  • Neil Lennon has described Victor Wanyama as "world class" as the plaudits continue to pour in for Celtic's victory over Barcelona.
  • Ally McCoist is confident Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian will come back to Rangers next summer - as he prepares to open contract talks with current Ibrox stars.
The Scotsman
  • Lionel Messi claimed that Celtic were "lucky" to beat Barcelona in their Champions League game on Wednesday.

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