From the Back Pages, January 25: Jose Mourinho ‘ashamed’ after Chelsea crash out to Bradford City

From the back pages
From the back pages

On a day when the top three sides in the Barclays Premier League crashed out of the FA Cup on their own grounds, two to lower-league opposition, José Mourinho said he felt “ashamed” by his team. (The Times)

They were advertising An Evening with Manuel Pellegrini here, an event for which tickets cost £200 plus VAT, which unless the Manchester City manager possesses some hitherto untapped talent as a cabaret artist will not be featuring songs and sketches and jokes old and new. It will also not be featuring many anecdotes about the FA Cup. For the second, successive season Manchester City were knocked out of the competition at home to Championship opposition and, as against Wigan in last year’s quarter-final, they were well beaten. Those who question what the FA Cup still means should be shown pictures of the Etihad in the moments after the final whistle went as Middlesbrough’s players swept towards a wall of supporters. (The Independent)

Anyone who questions whether the FA Cup really has magical powers should watch this match and see how it transformed Marouane Chamakh into a Moroccan version of Dennis Bergkamp. (The Guardian)

Villareal have confirmed that an agreement is in place for Gabriel Paulista to move to Arsenal, with Joel Campbell to move the other way on a loan deal until the end of the season. (The Mirror)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed Daniel Sturridge will be fit and available to face West Ham next Saturday, after seeing his side play out an FA Cup third round stalemate with Bolton at Anfield. (Daily Mail)

Cristiano Ronaldo was involved in disgraceful scenes at Real Madrid’s clash with Cordoba on Saturday. The Real striker was sent off for his role in an altercation with Cordoba’s Edimar, which saw him kick out and slap the defender midway through the second half. (The Telegraph)

LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers says he was proud of his team’s performance despite failing to get past Championship side Bolton in the FA Cup fourth round this evening. (The Express)