Manchester United’s Chris Smalling  pulls Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic  to the ground in the Manchester United penalty area during the  Premier League soccer match  at Old Trafford. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Chelsea captain John Terry claims he and fellow defender Branislav Ivanovic were “double headlocked at every corner” during the Premier League leaders(...)

 Neymar celebrates scoring against Real Madrid on Saturday. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

That was a highly decent football week, especially for those from Dundalk and Madrid, the television highlight hard to choose because there were so ma(...)

Chelsea’s Didier Drogba rises above Manchester United’s Rafael to head home during the Premier League  game at Old Trafford. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1Now, perhaps, Louis van Gaal has a better understanding why Sir Alex Ferguson used to boast no other side on the planet h(...)

Chelsea’s John Terry scores a goal   against Maribor at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Andrew Winning / Reuters

Chelsea 6 Maribor 0Chelsea feel like a team of the present, yet here was a match infused with a hint of nostalgia. The crowd were able to lap up goals(...)

Last week, Raheem Sterling talked himself out of the England starting XI by telling Roy Hodgson that he was tired. The reaction of one former England (...)

 Roy Hodgson has criticised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers recovery regimen.  Photograph: Valda Kalnina

Roy Hodgson has questioned whether Liverpool are using the correct fitness regime after claiming there is little medical evidence to support the “two-(...)

Cesc Fabregas scores Chelsea’s opening goal  during the Champions League Group G match between Chelsea and FC Schalke 04 on September 17th  last at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Home has always been a portable concept in football, but it is still hard to recall a more complex collision of domestic loyalties than Cesc Fabregas(...)

Joe Hart: “It is a big game after a disappointing start in Munich . . . We are aware it is the Champions League and not the knockout phase but especially at home we are going in trying to win the game.” Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Manchester City’s Champions League ambitions are on a tightrope as Roma visit tonight. Manuel Pellegrini’s side need to win or next month’s trip to CS(...)

Bulletproof self-confidence:  Frank Lampard responds to fans after yesterday’s   match between Manchester City and Chelsea. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

As Frank Lampard stood on the sideline waiting to come on with 15 minutes left at the Etihad Stadium yesterday, you looked at Manuel Pellegrini and wo(...)

Manchester City’s Frank Lampard walks away without celebrating after scoring the equalising goal in the Premier League game against his old side Chelsea at the   Etihad Stadium. Photograph:   Dave Thompson/PA

Manchester City 1 Chelsea 1For a few seconds, Frank Lampard looked slightly overcome with awkwardness. He had been on the pitch only seven minutes, in(...)