Manchester City last met Juventus in the Europa League group stages five years ago. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

There may be no group of death in this season’s Champions League but the one containing last year’s beaten finalists, Juventus, and the Europa Leag(...)

The three nominees for Uefa’s Best Player award  2015, runner-up Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, winner Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

On the pitch, his side’s most important victories last season were sometimes delivered by the slimmest of margins but Lionel Messi’s victory over riv(...)

Wayne Rooney celebrates netting a hat-trick as Manchester United defeated Club Brugge in their Champions League playoff tie. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Club Brugge 0 Manchester United 4 (1-7 on aggregate) This was an evening of optimum satisfaction for Manchester United. Wayne Rooney ended a 10(...)

Markus Rosenberg celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Malmo against Celtic. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Malmo 2 Celtic 0 (Agg: 4-3) Malmo’s success story continues apace. This small club have no rightful place among football’s aristocracy but will(...)

Valencia’s players celebrate their goal against Monaco.

Spain became the first nation to have five teams in the Champions League group stage in a single season after Valencia squeezed past Monaco 4-3 on ag(...)

Brugge manager Michel Preud’homme: “To get a miracle, you need to be perfect and you need the other to not play at his best potential. We have a lot of players out, too.” Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal has left Real Madrid target David de Gea out of his squad for the second leg of Manchester United’s Champions League play-off against C(...)

 Pedro Rodriguez: won three Champions League titles and five La Liga titles in a glorious spell at the Camp Nou.  Photograph:   AFP/Getty

José Mourinho has been granted his wish of a grand statement signing, with Chelsea confirming yesterday afternoon they had completed the capture of P(...)

Striker Nadir Ciftci, who has served four games of a six-game domestic ban, is available. Photograph Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Ronny Deila has put his trust in his Celtic side to overcome Malmo in their crunch Champions League play-off tie. After passing up on two chances to r(...)

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure in action with West Brom’s Craig Gardner. City look a different side when the midfielder is firing on all cylinders. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

As a declaration of presence, as a reminder of a forceful personality – even as a motto – Yaya Touré’s statement on Monday night following Manchester (...)

West Ham’s Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate celebrates scoring their second goal during the  Premier League  match against  Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  AFP Photo/Ikimages

Arsenal 0 West Ham 2 The last time that Slaven Bilic tasted an away win on English soil, it was 2007, he was in charge of Croatia and there was a blok(...)