From the Back Pages, November 2: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho slams Stamford Bridge atmosphere: ‘It’s like playing in an empty stadium’

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho berated the Stamford Bridge crowd in the wake of his side’s narrow 2-1 victory over QPR, describing the match as ‘like playing in an empty stadium’. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea remain unbeaten, despite themselves, and the Premier League title is developing into an unequal contest. Yet invincibility is an illusion as this Indian summer stretches into November. The history books are safe for a while yet. (The Independent)

JOSE MOURINHO says Chelsea were the only team that tried to win against QPR at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. (The Express)

If the Oxford English Dictionary wants a new definition for the word “routine” it needs only to describe this victory. Two goals by Alexis Sánchez and one from Calum Chambers for Arsenal consigned a hard-working but outgunned Burnley side to their sixth defeat of the season. (The Telegraph)

Brendan Rodgers has once again come to the defence of misfiring striker Mario Balotelli after Liverpool slumped to Premier League defeat at Newcastle. (The Mirror)

Wayne Rooney has given Manchester United a big boost by being passed fit to lead the attack in Sunday’s derby while the champions will be without their key man David Silva for the next three weeks. Manchester City have lost their past two matches and Silva’s absence means Manuel Pellegrini will be without the player he identifies as his most vital, while United arrive at the Etihad Stadium with the record scorer in the fixture able to start. Radamel Falcao, though, will again be absent due to his calf problem. (The Guardian)

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he has no idea how to solve the gathering storm of problems confronting Formula One, as he moved to head off a threatened boycott of the US Grand Prix by three teams. (The Times)