From the Back Pages, August 9: England win the Ashes after resounding innings triumph over Australia

From the back pages
From the back pages

Before midday, the England players in their brilliant-white costumes, accompanied by another slim figure in blue training gear (not an interloper, nor one of the support staff, but Jimmy Anderson), were doing their lap of honour in front of an adoring capacity crowd here. The last rites of an extraordinary match had not taken long, 39 minutes to be precise, and they had been devoid of much drama. The Durham boys, Mark Wood and Ben Stokes, dispatched a passive Australia tail that could barely muster a whimper. (The Guardian)

Jose Mourinho refused to get embroiled in an opening day refereeing row, but took aim at physio Eva Carneiro after Chelsea started their Premier League title defence with a draw against Swansea City. (The Telegraph)

For Jose Mourinho this was far from the perfect start to Chelsea’s title defence, nor the ideal preparation for next Sunday’s trip to Manchester City. His team were outplayed by Swansea City, who held them to a 2‑2 draw which flattered the champions. Thibaut Courtois was sent off, ruling him out of next Sunday’s game, meaning Asmir Begovic will make his first Chelsea start at the Etihad Stadium. (The Independent)

Real Madrid will make a £25million bid for David de Gea this week and expect to have him at the club for the start of the season, meaning Manchester United will have to re-ignite their interest in Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. (Daily Mail)

QPR boss speaks out over £15m Everton, Spurs and Newcastle interest in Charlie Austin. (The Express)

Manchester United 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0: In the circumstances, with so much uncertainty in the air at Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal will treasure the respite brought by an opening-day victory. It was not a performance to send shudders through the Barclays Premier League, but it felt like one of those days when only the result mattered to Manchester United. (The Times)

Alexandre Lacazette has turned down interest from the Premier League and signed a new contract with Lyon. (The Mirror)

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