From the Back Pages, April 2: Zlatan Ibrahimovic: ‘I don’t need to prove myself in the Premier League’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has declared he has no desire to finish his career in the Premier League as he prepares to face Chelsea in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg. (The Guardian)

Tuesday, 1st April 2014, 10:06 pm
From the back pages

Chelsea are facing a Dutch FA probe after being accused of ordering partner club Vitesse Arnhem to LOSE games. (The Mirror)

CHELSEA attacker Andre Schurrle is leading Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski for a prestigious German football award. (The Express)

Paris St-Germain head coach Laurent Blanc hinted the French club will bid for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard at the end of the season. (The Telegraph)

Bastian Schweinsteiger scored an equaliser for Bayern Munich and was then sent off as the holders drew 1-1 with Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. (The Independent)

BARCELONA 1 ATLETICO MADRID 1: Barcelona needed a second-half equaliser from Neymar to salvage a draw from their Champions League quarter-final first leg with Atletico Madrid. The visitors took the lead when substitute Diego scored a stunning goal from long range early in the second half. (Daily Mail)

Alastair Cook spoke for the first time yesterday about the decision to sack Kevin Pietersen, but he was unable to say as much as he would have liked. Although the Test captain was a central figure in the decision-making process introduced after the Ashes whitewash, Cook remains frustrated by the restrictions of a confidentiality agreement that binds both Pietersen and the ECB until September. (The Times)