From the Back Pages, February 24: ‘We will never play the Chelsea way,’ claims Reds’ manager Brendan Rodgers

From the back pages
From the back pages

The Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers tonight declared that grinding out a Premier League title like Chelsea is a strategy the club will never employ under his leadership, after their attacking outlook led them to another high-scoring win which exposed severe defensive frailties. (The Independent)

The extent to which Tottenham failed to recover from Thursday’s Europa League match in Ukraine is arguable but, whatever the reason for a distinctly sub-par performance, the fact is this was a defeat Spurs almost certainly could not afford if they are to retain a serious chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. (The Guardian)

ENGLAND will face Switzerland and Slovenia in their bid to qualify for Euro 2016 in France. San Marino, Lithuania and Estonia are the other teams Roy Hodgson’s men will come up against in Group E. (The Express)

Roy Hodgson is worried that England’s prospects of qualifying for Euro 2016 in France could be harmed by Uefa’s new match scheduling format and the TV scheduling of domestic club games. (The Times)

Coin throwingg by Crystal Palace fans at Wayne Rooney prompts referee to submit extraordinary incident report to FA. (The Telegraph)

Alan Pardew hailed his match winner Loic Remy as “the best player on the pitch” after the last-gasp win over Aston Villa. (The Mirror)

Former Arsenal boss George Graham has urged Arsene Wenger to play a weakened team for the second leg of their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on March 11. The Gunners head to Germany trailing 2-0 from the first encounter at the Emirates Stadium and Graham believes they are incapable of overcoming that deficit against the defending champions. (Daily Mail)