Champions League - Papers: Torres slammed

Wed, 13 Apr 08:38:00 2011

The papers are low on transfer gossip on Wednesday as they instead focus on Manchester United's Champions League victory over Chelsea.

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So instead we look at how each of the papers viewed the match, with both the tabloids and the broadsheets purring over the performance of Ryan Giggs in particular while Fernando Torres gets another kicking in some quarters.

The Daily Mirror

Headline: Pea 45 – Hernandez shoots United into last four… but it could mean the end of Ancelotti at the Bridge

Oliver Holt: "Chelsea perished atop a bonfire of their own vanities at Old Trafford last night. Manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted on sticking with new £50m striker Fernando Torres when every scrap of evidence and logic was screaming at him to pick Didier Drogba. Torres made a fool of his boss by playing like a drain. And then Drogba embarrassed him, too, by performing like Torres multiplied by 10 when he replaced the Spain forward at half-time and scoring a superb individual goal."

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The Daily Mail

Headline: Thanks for nothing, Fernando. Now take the rest of the season off

Martin Samuel: "Torres at times looked as Bebe has on occasions for Manchester United - out of place, out of sorts, haplessly over-promoted.  Bebe, however, is a raw recruit, introduced from a foreign league and touted as one for the future. Torres is the most expensive signing in British transfer history, a player, according to Sir Alex Ferguson, who was bought to satisfy Roman Abramovich's obsession with winning the Champions League. It is one that will remain unfulfilled, for another year at least."

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The Daily Telegraph

Headline: Red and Buried

Henry Winter: "Ryan Giggs at 37, playing 90 stamina-stretching minutes in central midfield, tackling and creating, the epitome of elegant determination. Remarkable. United fans chorused his name, warning the opponents that Giggs would tear them apart again. He is a national treasure, a marvellous role model and a poster boy for the career-enhancing joys of yoga. He had Chelsea tied up in knots."

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The Daily Star: We'll Jav a treble

Jeremy Cross: "Ryan Giggs inspired Manchester United's march towards another treble with a stunning display to leave Chelsea's season in ruins. The veteran winger produced more magic as United cruised into the Champions League semi-finals for the fourth time in five seasons."

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The Guardian

Headline: United get that treble feeling

Paul Hayward: "This (Manchester United) side may lack the glamour of the 1999 vintage or the star quality of 2008, when Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez lined up alongside Wayne Rooney. But it could hardly be more committed, more sure of itself. Its strength was expressed by the relentless foraging of Park Ji-sung, the Zen wisdom of Ryan Giggs, the eagerness of Javier Hernandez and the restored vigour of Rooney, who has been reborn in the withdrawn striker role behind Chicharito."

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The Sun

Headline: Ji Whizz – Quickie in the Park gives United a semi

Shaun Custis: "This may not be the greatest side ever to be seen at Old Trafford but they are as confident as any of their predecessors and will firmly believe they can land the Treble. Giggs has seen it all and done it all but the 37-year-old is as enthusiastic as when he burst on the scene at the age of 17."

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The Independent

Headline: Will Abramovich at last grasp need for continuity to steady Bridge?

James Lawton: "If Abramovich's samovar is not on the point of overflowing with something close to terminal bitterness, he might just consider another option. It's called continuity and understanding and respect for professionals who over the years have shown they understand the fundamental reasons why some teams win and some lose."

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Daily Express

Headline: Roman ruins are now of his own making

John Dillon: "On a night when Chelsea summoned the eagerness and spirit which had been missing from their performance in their first-leg defeat, the game still passed by Torres. It still left him floundering for his touch and for the vision and instinct, even after one glancing header had dropped just inches wide of a post and raised the vague idea that this, finally, might be his night. Eventually, it left him with the record of 11 appearances without scoring for his new club after his lavish move from Liverpool, and unable to do anything about it."

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The Times

Headline: Abramovich's dream bites the dust as Hernandez shines

Oliver Kay: "Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of Abramovich's "obsession" with winning the Champions League, but, on this evidence, United's desire runs deeper. One of these days, Abramovich will work it out; it will take far more than the replacement of Carlo Ancelotti to replicate at Chelsea the sense of belief and destiny that is driving United in their pursuit of glory on three fronts."

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