Tottenham will probably fall short in the English Premier League title race but that is not a reason to think the manager Mauricio Pochettino is not putting together a coming team for next season. Photograph: Lee smith/Reuters

There are those of us who have felt the praise directed Tottenham Hotspur’s way this season, particularly of late, has been over the top. Tottenham ar(...)

 Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola: “I have read in Munich that without winning the Champions League, the work would not be complete. I must accept that.”  Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Diego Simeone admitted his Atlético side face a challenge tonight but has warned Bayern Munich to expect a battle at the Vicente Calderon. Madrid fac(...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is tackled by Nicolas Ottamendi of Manchester City during their Champions League semi-final clash. Photo: PA

1) No sign of stage fright from Pellegrini’s men This was Manchester City’s first European Cup semi-final and Real Madrid’s 27th yet there was no s(...)

Manchester City’s Joe Hart saves from Real Madrid’s Pepe during the sides’ Champions League semi-final clash. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Manchester City 0 Real Madrid 0 The most important factor for Manchester City, reflecting on a night of surprising torpor, is that they at least pr(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in training ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash with Manchester City. Photo: peter Powell/PA

Manchester City v Real Madrid Champions League semi-final Kick off: 7.45pm TV3 from 7.30pm, BT Sport Europe from 7pm When it comes to experie(...)

Riyad Mahrez celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Leicester against Swansea City. (Photograph:  Darren Staples/Reuters)

This column should begin with a financial disclosure -- of the writer’s own ineptitude. For around 20 years, every August I have bet £20 on Leicester(...)

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid at Estadio de Vallecas. Photograph: Getty Images

Gareth Bale has revealed he has an excellent relationship with Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and has never had an argument with the Portugal(...)

Southampton’s Shane Long celebrates scoring the team’s first goal against Aston Villa. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Stoke City will be clearer over the coming days if Shay Given will be fit for next weekend’s Premier League game against Sunderland or, if he misses (...)

Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero scores their second goal past Stoke City’s Irish goalkeeper Shay Given from the penalty spot. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester City 4 Stoke City 0 Shay Given’s chances of making Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016 suffered a setback as he left (...)

Real Madrid have confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo has a thigh strain. Photograph: Epa

Cristiano Ronaldo has suffered a thigh muscle injury, but Real Madrid have given no indication if he will be fit for their Champions League clash with(...)