Paper Review: David Moyes' Relief, Luis Suarez Return, David Luiz Turns to God

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterSeptember 26, 2013

Paper Review: David Moyes' Relief, Luis Suarez Return, David Luiz Turns to God

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    The main story in Thursday's sports pages is Manchester United's Capital One Cup victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

    Javier Hernandez scored the only goal of the game to relieve the pressure on manager David Moyes, while Liverpool welcomed back striker Luis Suarez from suspension.

    Chelsea defender David Luiz used religion to combat his disappointment at being dropped, but there is more serious news concerning Marco van Ginkel's injury.

    And why have Arsenal prevented a BBC drama from using official replica kits in their programme?

    Read on to find out more. 

David Moyes Voices Relief After Cup Win as Luis Suarez Savours Liverpool Return

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    Things have not been comfortable for Manchester United boss David Moyes in the wake of the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in the derby on Sunday.

    So it came as little surprise that the 1-0 win over Liverpool, courtesy of Javier Hernandez's early second-half strike, has been greeted with relief by the former Everton manager.

    And Moyes was swift to voice his own relief after the match, as David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror reported, but he is also eager to sort the United team out in the coming weeks.

    We’d lost at Anfield a few weeks ago and at the Etihad on Sunday, and we wanted to put that right.

    I think what was important was that the whole club showed we were hurt by the game on Sunday, when we didn’t perform to our levels.

    But I’ll sort it, I’ll fix it and I’ll turn it around, I’ve no doubt about  it. We know we have to improve. I’m getting to know them and they’re a really good team.

    For Liverpool, the main talking point of the game was the return of Suarez after his 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League game in April.

    After a summer of uncertainty over his future, Suarez was happy to be back in action for the Anfield club, as Paul Joyce of the Daily Express reported.

    The result was not good because we lost, but the feeling is good because we played very well, we created chances but we missed them.

    I know it was a difficult moment for myself and the team. It is important that I am back because I can help the team on the pitch – off the pitch I can’t.

    We will keep going for the next week and the next game. All the time I try my best on the pitch. I am here to help the team and to help Liverpool. They live for me and I try my best.

Andre Villas-Boas No Longer Close to Jose Mourinho Ahead of Spurs vs. Chelsea

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    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas no longer shares a warm relationship with his mentor, Jose Mourinho, reports Paul Jiggins of The Sun (subscription required).

    Villas-Boas learned his trade under Mourinho at FC Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan before moving into management in his own right with the Portuguese club.

    However, the White Hart Lane boss maintains his respect for Mourinho before the two men face each other on Saturday.

    When I was at Inter with Jose, I asked him if he would use the training sessions that had worked so well at Porto. It was so successful and I thought the model could be applied anywhere.

    He replied that he didn’t because there are various things that are specific to a club and its players. People react differently to different stimuli.

    A manager, he said, has to learn to develop and to create different exercises that work in that new environment.

David Luiz Turns to God to Offset Being Dropped by Chelsea

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    Chelsea defender David Luiz turned to God after being left disappointed by being dropped from the team by Jose Mourinho, reports Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph.

    The Brazil international was omitted completely from the squad to face Fulham last weekend before making his return to the starting lineup for the Capital One Cup win at Swindon Town on Tuesday.

    Luiz found strength in a greater power even than Mourinho to discover solace in his disappointment.

    I know that God knows everything in my life so, when I don’t play, sometimes I consult.

    Sometimes I think, ‘Today God doesn’t put me in to play, he takes me out, so there is an injury or something like that’. That’s how I think.

    However, there is more serious news on the injury front for Chelsea after Marco van Ginkel was ruled out for the rest of the season, reports David Kent of the Daily Mail.

    The Dutchman suffered a cruciate ligament injury during the meeting at the County Ground and will be out for the remainder of the campaign.

    Valencia are considering a move for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata during the January transfer window, reports The Metro

Arsenal 'insulted' by BBC Drama and Deny Use of Emirates and Official Branding

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    Arsenal denied a BBC drama permission to film at the Emirates Stadium or use the club's official branding after the programme "insulted" fans, reports Adam Sherwin of The Independent.

    According to the report, the North London club and its supporters were upset by the depiction of Arsenal fans as "criminals" during the opening scenes of the BBC drama By Any Means, which started on Sunday.

    In the episode, detectives lure an Arsenal fan who has skipped bail to the Emirates Stadium for a tour in order to arrest him, but the Gunners objected to the depiction.

    Series producers Red Planet Pictures instead used similar Arsenal shirts for the programme, as they told Sherwin.

    Arsenal FC declined permission to use their branded shirts within the context of the script so production decided, on advice, to use shirts in a similar style instead. 

Bits and Pieces: Gareth Bale, Mario Balotelli, Sone Aluko, Rafael

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    Gareth Bale almost stayed at Tottenham rather than making his world-record move to Real Madrid, reports Charles Perrin of the Daily Express.

    While the deal never fell apart, Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, has revealed that negotiations were "tough and problematic."

    AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is trapped in a "cycle of rage" according to his former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, as Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required) reported.

    Hull City winger Sone Aluko is on the verge of signing a new contract with the Tigers after playing on a weekly deal, reports the Daily Express.

    Manchester United defender Rafael will not be leaving the Old Trafford club for Corinthians, reports Ed Malyon in the Daily Mirror.

    Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla claims Spanish players are looking to leave the country because the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid has become monotonous, claims Ben Curtis of the Daily Mirror.

    Valencia have put Adil Rami on the transfer list after the France international criticised coach Miroslav Djukic, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express