Sport Arsène Wenger hopes that his new team - mobile, nimble and smart - will be on the right side of history once again

The league leaders, weary from a tough trip to Napoli, today travel to Manchester City, who have been in scintillating form at home. Can Wenger’s men win the battle of the midfield maestros?

Euro 2008 in brief: Henry and Ribéry forced to cut short first training session

Thierry Henry and Franck Ribéry pulled out of France's first training session at their Euro 2008 Swiss base after half an hour on yesterday. Ribéry, who was seen holding his right ankle, received a knock in France's 1-0 win over Colombia in their final warm-up on Tuesday in Paris, a team spokesman said. Henry left the training session to undergo treatment, the spokesman said without elaborating. France captain Patrick Vieira, who will miss his side's opening Group C game against Romania on Monday in Zurich, was back in training for the first time since sustaining a left thigh injury last Friday in training and is more hopeful of keeping his place in the squad.

Euro 2008 in brief: Vieira sets end of week deadline after thigh injury puts place at risk

France captain Patrick Vieira has given himself until the end of this week to prove his fitness for the European Championships. The Internazionale midfielder has been ruled out of France's opening match, against Romania in Zurich on Monday, with a left thigh injury. He was expected to be fit for Les Bleus' final two group games but some are predicting his tournament could be over before it has started. Vieira, who revealed he has a "little tear" in his thigh, knows the next few days will determine whether he can play in Austria and Switzerland. Mathieu Flamini has been called up to train with France's squad and will come in as a replacement if Vieira is forced out.

Rijkaard battles to avoid end of his era

As one Dutch manager feels the axe lift from his neck, another one is back on the chopping block in Spain. Ronald Koeman's controversial reign at Valencia looks to be on firmer ground after reaching the King's Cup final late on Thursday night; but Frank Rijkaard, whose Barcelona team lost the semi-final, return to league action this weekend, with victory at home to Real Valldolid imperative tomorrow.

James Lawton: Benitez makes 180-degree turn on rotation to square the circle

Could it really be that an old silver peseta has finally dropped and is now resonating with brilliant effect in the once cluttered head of Rafael Benitez?

Liverpool 2 Internazionale 0: Kuyt and Gerrard leave it late to make Liverpool advantage pay

Those fickle gods of the Champions League have not yet given up on Rafael Benitez, no matter how disenchanted some elements of Liverpool's support have become with their manager. Beaten by Barnsley on Saturday; conquerors of the champions of Italy five days later. This is the Benitez way and last night Anfield just seemed content to buckle up and enjoy the ride.

James Lawton: Benitez mystery is only deepened by a vital victory

The folklore of Liverpool football will always insist that Bill Shankly's team were betrayed in 1965 when dubious refereeing denied them a place in the European Cup final, but here last night it was Internazionale, the beneficiaries all those years ago in San Siro, who believed they were victims.

Inter scrape lucky win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a dubious penalty as 10-man Internazionale beat second-from-bottom Empoli 1-0 yesterday to pull eight points clear at the top of Serie A.

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