Real Madrid  president Florentino Perez:  “All this stuff people say in the media is just to destabilise us. And it’s every day.” Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Florentino Pérez has given Rafael Benítez a public vote of confidence following Real Madrid’s 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona, claiming the manager has t(...)

Chelsea’s Diego Costa, Willian and Baba Rahman celebrate at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

Chelsea 2 Dynamo Kiev 1 This was a horribly scrappy victory, after a performance that was unconvincing for long periods and gripped by spasms of tensi(...)

Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United will play Club Brugge in the Champions League play-offs. Photograph: Getty

Manchester United have been drawn to play Club Brugge in the Champions League play-offs. Louis Van Gaal’s side will be at home in the first leg to be (...)

FC Zenit St. Petersburg’s Nicolas Lombaerts has denied reports that he failed a medical at Sunderland. Photograph: Epsilon/Getty Images

Belgium defender Nicolas Lombaerts insists a failed medical was not behind the collapse of his proposed move to Sunderland. The Zenit St Petersburg pl(...)

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny shakes hands with his Drogheda United counterpart Johnny McDonnell earlier this season. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dundalk will begin their Champions League campaign in Belarus tonight looking to become only the third team in history to beat BATE Borisov on thei(...)

Oleksandr Kucher of Shakhtar Donetsk challenges Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich during the Champions League round of 16 first leg match at the Donbass Arena. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Shakhtar Donetsk 0 Bayern Munich 0Xabi Alonso saw his 100th Champions League appearance ended prematurely, although his red card did not cost Bayern M(...)

Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola has not committed to the club past 2016. Photograph: Ahmed Yosri/AP

German champions Bayern Munich have repeatedly signalled their desire for a contract extension with coach Pep Guardiola but the Spaniard seems in no r(...)

The match fixtures are shown on a panel following the draw of the round of 16 soccer matches of the UEFA Champions League 2014/15 in Nyon, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The final is scheduled for June 6 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

This year’s draw for the knockout stage has thrown up some tantalising games, including Manchester City’s clash with Barcelona and a tough encounter (...)

Lionel Messi (left) of FC Barcelona scores his team’s first goal past Salvatore Sirigu (centre) and David Luiz of Paris Saint-Germain FC  at Camp Nou Stadium. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Neymar scored a spectacular goal as Barcelona came from behind to beat Paris St Germain 3-1 in their Champions League showdown for top spot in Group (...)

Atletico Madrid’s Raul Garcia celebrates putting last year’s finalists 1-0 against Olympiakos at the Vicente Calderon

Atletico Madrid swept into the Champions League last 16 with a game to spare as Mario Mandzukic netted a hat-trick in a crushing 4-0 win at home to Ol(...)