Jose Mourinho: Chelsea are not at the top because of an easy run, they are there because their rounded squad has been improved due to  astute buys by a  superb manager.

On August 16th Alexis Sanchez, all €40 million of him, made his Arsenal debut in a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace. Twelve weeks later, the man who bo(...)

 Vicente del Bosque  celebrates as he lifts the World Cup with his team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11th, 2010. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Vicente del Bosque is inscrutable. It’s difficult to know what goes on behind that flowerbox moustache he sports. He never betrays emotion during a ga(...)

FC Barcelona’s new coach Luis Enrique Martinez (centre) poses with his staff Juan Carlos Unzue (second left), Robert Moreno (second right), Rafael Pol (right) and Joaquin Valdes (left), after signing a two-year contract. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Luis Enrique has set his sights on building a new Barcelona empire. The new Nou Camp head coach put pen to paper on his two-year deal this afternoon (...)

 Getafe players congratulate Angel Lafita after his last-minute goal earned them a draw against   Barcelona  at the Nou Camp  stadium. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Barcelona 2 Getafe 2: Barcelona were left facing their first season without any major silverware in six years after they conceded in the second minute(...)

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid scores his second goal   with a header past goalkeeper Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer  during the Uefa Champions League semi-final second leg match at Allianz Arena. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich 0 Real Madrid 4 (Real Madrid win 5-0 on agg): Real Madrid moved a s(...)

 Barcelona players  attend the funeral ceremony for Francesc ‘Tito’ Vilanova at Barcelona’s Cathedral on Monday evening. Photograph: Toni Albir/EPA

Barcelona bade an emotional farewell to Tito Vilanova at the funeral of their former coach on Monday night. The entire first-team squad a(...)

Barcelona’s Dani Alves and Villarreal’s Giovani Dos Santos fight for the ball during the match at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal. Photograph: Heino Kalis/Reuters

Barcelona fullback Dani Alves produced the perfect riposte to a racist taunt when taking a corner kick during his team’s 3-2 win at Villareal o(...)

Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova (left), seen here with friend and predecessor  at the club Pep Guardiola, has died from throat cancer at the age of 45.  Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Lionel Messi led the tributes to his former coach Tito Vilanova, who has died of throat cancer at the age of 45. Vilanova led Barcelona (...)

Jose Mourinho: “A fantastic coach,” the usually genial and laid-back Carlo Ancelotti once seethed. “But I’m not going to discuss his character.” Photograph: Getty Images

What a loathsome individual Jose Mourinho can be. And what a shallow game this media lark is when not only his extreme behaviour is excused, but th(...)

Neymar celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Barcelona during the La Liga match between against Real Madrid at Camp Nou in Barcelona. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 1: Neymar stole the show from the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale when the Brazilian’s strike set Bar(...)