WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Arsenal, Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Everton and Real Madrid.
THE SUN: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is pondering a swoop for Real Madrid’s Esteban Granero.
Nottingham Forest could be about to hand Wayne Bridge a chance to resurrect his career.
Roberto Mancini expected an ear-bashing from his old man - even though Aleksandar Kolarvo rescued a Champions League point for Manchester City. Also: Alex Ferguson hailed Ryan Giggs after his wonder goal got United a point in Lisbon.
THE GUARDIAN: The challenge of the Champions League has been anticipated for the past few years at Manchester City, but a grand occasion can also be a trial. Also: Hundreds of Lancashire followers will gather in Taunton today and thousands who are unable to do so will hang on every score update from the south-west as the county teeter on the brink of ending a 77-year wait for an outright championship title.
DAILY MAIL: Manchester United and neighbours City both needed spectacular equalisers to rescue them from defeat in their opening Champions League games last night. Also: Toby Flood will be reinstated at fly-half in place of Jonny Wilkinson for England’s Pool B encounter with Georgia in Dunedin on Sunday, with the side led by a returning Lewis Moody.
THE TIMES: Manchester City came from behind to ensure their first appearance in the Champions League did not end in disappointment on a captivating evening at Etihad Stadium. Also: Mikel Arteta yesterday insisted that he can cope with the pressure of replacing Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal.
DAILY STAR: Aleksandar Kolarov rescued Manchester City on their big European return last night. Also: Goldie oldie Ryan Giggs grabbed a stunning equaliser to rescue Manchester United in Lisbon last night.
DAILY MIRROR: Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has admitted that despite the pressures associated with the job, he would not be able to turn down the chance to become Fabio Capello’s successor as England manager next year.
Everton boss David Moyes has conceded he may be forced to sell Marouane Fellaini if the star midfielder refuses to sign a new contract.
Aleksandar Kolarov prevented Manchester City’s much-hyped Champions League debut from going flat. Also: Kenny Dalglish wants managers and referees to meet regularly.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Ryan Giggs scored a superb equalising goal for Manchester United against Benfica last night as his side started their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw in Portugal. Also: England coach Martin Johnson will pick Toby Flood at fly-half ahead of Jonny Wilkinson for Sunday’s match against Georgia.
DAILY EXPRESS: Both Manchester clubs have been scoring for fun in the Premier League but they found Europe a different matter last night. Also: New Zealand was reeling in collective shock yesterday after the All Blacks’ key player, Dan Carter, pulled out of the side to play Japan in the World Cup tomorrow with a back injury.
THE INDEPENDENT: On the night Manchester City made their debut in the Champions League, and just rescued a draw after falling behind to Napoli at home, the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson managed to steal the attention from his neighbouring club after his side’s creditable draw in Benfica. Also: Yossi Benayoun has revealed Arsene Wenger’s last-minute plunge into the transfer market did contain more forethought than the trolley dash it has been derided as.