Paper Round: Mancini has 'Hart Attack' after loss

Not surprisingly, Real Madrid's last gasp victory over Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday night dominates Wednesday morning's papers.

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Manchester City's Manager Roberto Mancini stands dejected towards the end of the game UEFA Champions League - Group D - Real Madrid v Manchester City - Santiago Bernabeu

The angle of choice for many of the papers seems to be the supposed spat between manager Roberto Mancini and goalkeeper Joe Hart after the Italian was informed of his stopper's post-match comments to television.

After watching his side lose 3-2 despite being in front with four minutes to go Hart said: "It's not on. You can't go 2-1 up and lose the game. We can only blame ourselves. They are a very good team and so are we. We dug deep, got a lead twice and threw it away. It's hard to come off the field after losing 3-2 and be positive."

Mancini though felt that Hart shouldn't be assessing the team's performance in such a way: "Joe Hart should stay in goal and make saves. If anyone should criticise the team it should be me, not Joe Hart.

"I am the judge, not Joe Hart."

This led to predictable headlines across the papers: "Hart Attack" was the choice of both the Daily Mirror and The Sun; The Guardian went with "Mancini slaps down Hart over 'we threw it away' verdict"; while the Independent's back page says: "Mancini has swipe at Hart after Ronaldo stuns City."

When you actually watch the video of Hart's interview he actually comes across quite admirably as a man who was gutted to see his team lose, but such can things be spun to make a story.

To elsewhere and The Sun has reported that Wayne Rooney is back in training with Manchester United and could even be in line for a place on the bench against Galatasaray tonight.

Rooney was expected to out of action for two months after gashing his right leg against Fulham on August 25 but the Sun says the striker will "almost certainly be available for Sunday's showstopper with Liverpool."

The Daily Star picks up on reports from Spain that Southampton could surprisingly dump Nigel Adkins – the man who has led them to back-to-back promotions – and replace him with former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

"Saturday's 6-1 capitulation to Arsenal - coupled with the disappointing home loss to Wigan - is likely to have left chairman Nicola Cortese concerned about the Saints' ability to compete this season," reports the Star.

"With Benitez keen to return to England, Spanish newspaper AS reports that the St Mary's outfit are considering turning to the 52-year-old."

The Mirror claims that Newcastle's Tim Krul is a target for Spanish giants Barcelona.

"Dutchman Krul has emerged as one of the best keepers in the Premier League and Barca want long-term competition for, and back-up to, first-choice Victor Valdes," the paper says.

"Coach Tito Vilanova has ordered his scouts to find him a top class replacement and Krul has received favourable reports."

Mark Robins looks to have seen off a late challenge from Michael Appleton and seems sure to be named Coventry City’s new manager in the next 24 hours. (Daily Mail)

Blackburn are among a host of Championship teams eyeing Manchester City striker John Guidetti. (The Sun)

Emile Heskey is set to join Australian side Newcastle Jets after being released by Aston Villa at the end of last season. (The Sun)

And finally Birmingham boss Lee Clark is keen to snap up former West Brom left-back Paul Robinson despite Robinson being a hate figure with Blues fans after fracturing Damien Johnson's jaw back in 2006. (Daily Mirror)

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