Luis Suarez  scores the opening goal past Joe Hart. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 Perhaps the most dispiriting part for Manchester City came from that numbing feeling that, if anything, the gulf has wid(...)

Manchester City  midfielder Samir Nasri  listens to  manager Manuel Pellegrini  during a press conference prior to the Barcelona clash.  Photo: Oli Scarffoli/Getty

Samir Nasri believes Manchester City showed Barcelona too much respect in last season’s Champions League and said City “won’t be scared” when the club(...)

Barcelona’s Leo Messi during their defeat to Malaga at the Nou Camp last Saturday. Albert Gea/Reuters

At the end of Barcelona’s match with Málaga on Saturday afternoon, the club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, insisted: “Now we have to think about M(...)

John Stones is faced with task of shackling Liverpool’s Sturridge and Sterling. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Whether loaded with consequence or a mere provincial dispute, a pulsating drama or a tedious bore, the Merseyside derby’s ability to create a lasting(...)

Atletico Madrid were reduced to nine men as they were beaten 3-2 by Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey quarter-final second leg at the Vicente Calderon.  (Photograph: Reuters/Sergio Perez)

This game started early – and ended early, too. By half-time Barcelona were 3-2 up at the Vicente Calderón, 4-2 up on aggregate and already into the s(...)

Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic rises above the Liverpool defence to head home a goal in extra-time of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:   Nick Potts/PA

Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0 (Chelsea win 2-1 on agg)There was a point here when the heat of the battle was becoming so intolerably high the two managers had(...)

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) quarter final first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis/Getty Images

Barcelona’s recent strong run is helping the club put a series of off-field problems behind them and suggests they may be starting to move up the gear(...)

Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lione Messi were all on the scoresheet for Barcelona as they beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 at the Camp Nou. (Photograph: REUTERS/Albert Gea)

The crisis may not yet be over in Catalonia but it was contained here. Barcelona beat Atlético Madrid for the first time in over a year, with a goal e(...)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: “There is no doubt Steven (Gerrard) moving on leaves a void on and off the pitch but the club has to keep moving forward to bring in the best players we can.” Photograph: EPA 2:31

Brendan Rodgers has said Liverpool need a strategy for replacing Steven Gerrard and admitted he is under no illusions about the difficulty of filling(...)

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has rejected rumours there is a rift between him and star player Lionel Messi

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has described reports of a bust-up with Lionel Messi as “inaccurate and ill-intentioned” and said he has the backing of a(...)