From the Back Pages, October 29: José Mourinho backs down on threat to field youth team for Arsenal tie

From the back pages
From the back pages

José Mourinho has withdrawn his threat to field Chelsea’s under-21 development side in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup fourth-round tie at Arsenal as a protest at being made to play the game 48 hours after the team’s most recent Premier League match. Yet the Portuguese will still not select players who featured in Sunday’s win over Manchester City. (The Guardian)

David Moyes insists Wilfried Zaha is still in Manchester United’s plans even though January loan move is on cards. (The Telegraph)

Joe Hart’s rut is quickly developing from a drama into a crisis. The once dependable goalkeeper of England and Manchester City was at fault again on Sunday as Chelsea beat City 2-1 - making it a staggering NINE errors that have led to goals in 2013 alone. (Daily Mail)

Madrid-based newspaper Marca was far from impressed with Gareth Bale’s debut Clasico performance for Real Madrid, labelling the world’s most expensive player the away side’s “worst performer” in the 2-1 defeat at the Nou Camp, who “does not have enough spark”. (The Independent)

Jeffrey Webb, the vice-president of Fifa and head of the governing body’s anti-racism task force, says black players in England are “demoralised” and that he has been left “disheartened” by continuing discrimination in the English game. (The Times)

Luis Suarez’s sensational Liverpool form ‘is proof he feels totally at home at Anfield’. Boss Brendan Rodgers convinced hat-trick hero of win over West Brom isn’t pining for the Bernabeu or anywhere else. (Mirror)

MANCHESTER CITY manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed he refused to shake hands with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after the Blues’ 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge yesterday. (The Express)