Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri and Kepa Arrizabalaga before the match against Tottenham Hotspurs at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: EPA

It can be difficult to maintain perspective when Chelsea enter crisis mode. Just as it was inevitable that Kepa Arrizabalaga’s Carabao Cup final mutin(...)

Maurizio Sarri: “We are one point from the top four, on the same as Arsenal, and [people say] Arsenal are doing well,” said Sarri.  Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Maurizio Sarri strides out at Wembley a dead man walking. He can cling to football’s capacity to shock, and even convince himself an appearance in th(...)

Marco Bielsa: decided the best way to deal with the ridiculous spectacle of the English media in one of its periodical fits of morality was a 70-minute PowerPoint presentation. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images

Marcelo Bielsa’s first job in coaching was at the city university in Buenos Aires. He hadn’t made it as a player, too slow to make more than four a(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi made sure that his neighbours wouldn’t be making a racket. Photograph: Reuters

Buddy Berbatov gets a lot off his chest While Robbie Keane was preparing for his first game as player-coach of Indian Super League side ATK, his for(...)

André Villas-Boas and co-driverRuben Faria are out of the Dakar Rally. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty

André Villas-Boas has said he is safe and well after being taken to hospital when his car crashed into a sand dune, forcing him to retire from the Dak(...)

Andre Villas Boas has quit as Shanghai manager and will take part in the Dakar Rally. Photo: Getty Images

Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas will contest the Dakar Rally in 2018 after quitting as manager of Chinese side Shanghai SIPG. Vil(...)

Marco Silva’s Watford have enjoyed a very good start, but not much more than that so far. Photograph: Reuters

Ambitious, astute, broodingly handsome, compared, inevitably, to Jose Mourinho: Portugal’s latest managerial tyro is, according to a report in these p(...)

Chinese Super League: Luiz Felipe Scolari thanks Guangzhou Evergrande players and fans after his final match as manager, on November 4th. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Fabio Capello caused quite a stir when he arrived at Nanjing Airport in June. You just don’t see very many septuagenarians wearing jeans with matching(...)

A burned car stands on the side of the road  near Castanheira de Pera, in Leiria district, Portugal.  Photograph:   Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Firefighters were still battling to control a series of forest blazes in central Portugal on Monday, as the country sought to come to terms with a dea(...)

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were crowned champions after a 1-0 win at West Brom. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

West Bromwich Albion 0 Chelsea 1 When the decisive moment arrived there were a few moments when Antonio Conte gave the impression he might actually r(...)

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