Pep Guardola: with City the defining note is extreme, unfettered competence. How sensible to simply bolt on the Catalan model of how to win. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA  Wire

Sport tends to move towards perfection: cleaner clines, starker numbers, greater certainties. It is a process that football, with its deep variables, (...)

Romelu Lukaku will still be punished despite Thomas Tuchel accepting his apology. Photograph:  James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Thomas Tuchel will fine Romelu Lukaku despite accepting the striker’s apology for a controversial interview and has said he faced no opposition from C(...)

 Kylian Mbappe: could be set to move to Real Madrid from  Paris Saint-Germain. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Kylian Mbappé - Paris Saint-Germain He may have ruled out a move in January but there remains a slim chance that the France forward could join Real M(...)

Antonio Rüdiger could leave Chelsea for Real Madrid on a free in the summer. Photograph: Sebastian Frej/Getty

Real Madrid have emerged as favourites to sign Antonio Rüdiger after positive talks with the Chelsea defender about joining on a free next summer. Rü(...)

The performances of Reece James have been a testament to Chelsea’s academy. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Getty/AFP

It turns out that Chelsea had no reason to spend any money on strengthening their right flank last summer. There was no need to rival Paris Saint-Germ(...)

Pep Guardiola: ‘It’s not necessary to win titles to be a top manager.’ .

Pep Guardiola has insisted that Mauricio Pochettino is an elite manager despite having never won a league title in a 12-year, four-club career. Poch(...)

 Pep Guardiola:  ‘This is more important than [the] United [game] – this game gives us an incredible possibility to make a step forward to qualify for the last 16,” Guardiola said.  Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Manchester City v Club Bruges, Etihad Stadium, Wednesday, 8pm - Live BT Sport 3 Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City may be in the “best moment” of(...)

Jürgen Klopp: ‘United had clear-cut chances which we gave them. We should not rely on luck or Ali [goalkeeper Alisson].’ Photograph: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty

Jürgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool’s world was not perfect in their historic 5-0 thrashing of Manchester United because his team have to improv(...)

A report into the state of the Camp Nou showed 44 structural “issues” that would have imperilled fans. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

The Camp Nou, Europe’s largest stadium, is falling apart. Barça’s chief executive Ferran Reverter took over the day-to-day running of the club in July(...)

Qatar manager Felix Sanchez celebrates his side’s win in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final over Japan with  Abdelaziz Hatim, Hasan Al Haydos and Saad Al Sheeb at Zayed Sports City Stadium  in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images

When Qatar successfully bid to host the 2022 World Cup their official slogan was “Expect Amazing”. Perhaps understandably the marketing around the Mar(...)

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