From the Back Pages, November 6: Manuel Pellegrini SLAMS ‘poor’ Man City players after defeat

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MANCHESTER CITY manager Manuel Pellegrini has bemoaned his side’s obvious lack of confidence after their shocking 2-1 defeat to Russian side CSKA Moscow. (The Express)

Maribor 1 Chelsea 1, match report: Eden Hazard spot-kick miss costs Jose Mourinho’s side in Slovenia. (The Telegraph)

Lionel Messi equalled Raúl as the all-time leading scorer in the European Cup with two goals that saw Barcelona progress to the knockout phase of the Champions League. Luis Suárez returned to his former home and said that while he would feel like “letting go”, if he scored his first goal for Barcelona, he would not celebrate. Messi had no such dilemma. He scored his 70th and 71st goals in this competition. (The Guardian)

Luis Suarez has claimed he spoke to a Chelsea player who told him he felt uncomfortable about the tactics employed by the Blues in the 2-0 win at Anfield last season that ultimately ruined Liverpool’s title chance. (The Independent)

Arsene Wenger was branded “clueless” after careless Arsenal threw away a three-goal lead. And Gunners legend Paul Merson twisted the knife by claiming Jose Mourinho would never allow his teams to collapse in the same spineless style. (The Mirror)

Rio Ferdinand “should have known better” when he published a comment on Twitter that has resulted in him being banned and fined, the FA has said. (The Times)

Gerard Pique was left out of the starting line-up for the second successive game amid reports that Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have submitted offers for the Barcelona defender. (Daily Mail)