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Screaming Blue Murder

by | 25th, March 2004

‘“YOU’LL have to kill us,” Chelsea manager Claidio Ranieri said, warning Arsenal that drastic measures would be necessary to see off his side after last night’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

‘One down, ten to go’

Technically, that isn’t true. Arsenal could progress to the next round of the European Cup either by beating Chelsea at Highbury or even by holding them to a goalless draw.

Indeed, killing Chelsea might be counterproductive – in its determination to clean up the game, Fifa is taking a hard line on extra-judicial killing of any sort.

Arsene Wenger would be gutted to guide the Gunners to the European Cup semi-final for the first time in the club’s history only to find most of his players serving suspensions.

“Do Or Die,” says the Mirror headline, taking up this same rather macabre theme.

It reckons that Robert Pires’ headed goal, which equalised Eidur Gudjonsson’s excellent opportunist strike, has put Arsenal in charge of the tie.

But the Express thinks that Chelsea are, in the words of its headline, “Still In With A Gud Shout”.

Certainly, they are in a better position than Monaco, who scored first (and last) against Real Madrid last night but unfortunately conceded four times in between.

However, the Star has news that Real manager Carlos Queiroz could return to Old Trafford as Alex Ferguson’s number two if he gets the sack from Madrid.

Why exactly Queiroz should get the sack with his club top of La Primera Liga and well on its way to a European Cup semi-final is not explained.

But football is a game in constant flux and so it is we hear rumours in the Mail that Ken Bates is to return to football as chairman of Sheffield Wednesday with Dennis Wise his choice as the Owls’ manager.

Graeme Souness is linked by the Star with a return to Rangers, a club that is the target of a takeover. As is Aston Villa, which, the Mirror says, is the target of former Manchester City player Ray Ranson.

And finally Arsene Wenger could replace Sven Goran Eriksson as England manager, but only on a part-time basis (according to the Express).

But with all this going on, it is good to know that there are some things you can rely on – and the Sun has news that Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy is in trouble again.

This time, it apparently involved a “hotel row” with fans.’



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