From the Back Pages, October 22: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard turned down SEVERAL offers to join Real Madrid

From the back pages
From the back pages

STEVEN GERRARD has revealed he has turned down several offers to move to Real Madrid earlier in his career as he prepares to “shock” the reigning European champions. (The Express)

Chelsea vs Maribor match report: Blues dominate at Stamford Bridge but minds wander to Sunday’s clash with Manchester United. (The Independent)

Manuel Pellegrini claimed that Manchester City’s players were caught cold as CSKA Moscow left his side’s Champions League hopes in the balance in bitter conditions in the Russian capital. (The Telegraph)

Bayern Munich left Roma in ruins as they handed Manchester City a lifeline in Group E and recorded their biggest-ever away win in the Champions League. (Daily Mail)

Sir Alex Ferguson has broken his silence on the sacking of David Moyes and claimed the Manchester United job proved too big for him. (The Mirror)

Oscar Pistorius, the six-times Paralympic champion, will be barred from competition until he has served his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed. (The Times)

India confirmed the potentially ruinous financial implications of the latest crisis to hit West Indies cricket by threatening a double punishment for the abandonment of the recent tour that would raise serious questions over the future viability of the game in the Caribbean. (The Guardian)