From the Back Pages, September 19: ‘We lacked maturity and personality’: Jose Mourinho reacts to Chelsea’s Champions League defeat

Jose Mourinho conceded that his Chelsea team lacked “maturity and personality” and had got the “shakes a little bit” in the course of their shock 2-1 home defeat to Basel in the club’s first group stage match of the Champions League. (The Independent)

Thursday, 19th September 2013, 6:27 am
From the back pages

Philippe Coutinho, the Liverpool midfielder, could miss up to five Premier League games after the club revealed that the Brazilian requires “surgical stabilisation” on a shoulder injury he picked up during Monday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City. (Telegraph)

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help earn Barcelona a comfortable 4-0 win over Ajax and take another stride towards Real Madrid legend Raul’s Champions League goalscoring record. (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger hailed Aaron Ramsey after the in-form Welshman extended Arsenal’s record breaking form, writes John Cross in Marseille. Midfielder Ramsey’s late goal clinched a 2-1 victory here in France to make it TEN straight away wins and get the Londoners off to a flier in the Champions League. (Mirror)

For a reluctant captain Paul Collingwood has some record, and his Durham team are within 62 runs of adding a County Championship title to his CV. It would be, he says, the legacy of his post-England career. (The Guardian)

GEORGE GROVES has sensationally parted company from Adam Booth, reports have confirmed. (The Express)

It will be 79 years since Great Britain defeated the United States in the Davis Cup when they embark on their latest adventure in the competition in January. Andy Murray scratched a 77-year itch in July; how about chalking another one off the list of must-dos? (The Times)