Jules Koundé of Sevilla  during the Europa League final between Seville and  Internazionale at RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany, on August 21st, 2020. Photograph:   Friedemann Vogel/Pool via Getty Images

Chelsea have opened talks with Sevilla over the signing of Jules Koundé, having made the French centre-back their top defensive target this summer. K(...)

 Spain’s players celebrate after winning the shootout against Switzerland. Photograph: Getty Images

Switzerland 1 Spain 1 (Spain win 3-1 on penalties) This time, penalties were a bridge too far for Switzerland. They took Spain all the way, riding th(...)

Spain’s head coach Luis Enrique congratulates  Sergio Busquets after he came off in the Euro 2020 Group E game against Slovakia in Seville. Photograph: Thanassis Stavrakis/EPA

“Did you get emotional? I can see it in your eyes.” Spain’s players had been around the pitch applauding their fans and now Sergio Busquets stood at t(...)

 Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka scores an own goal against Spain at La Cartuja Stadium in Seville. Photograph: Getty Images

Spain 5 Slovakia 0 They needed a little help but at last the cork came out and the cava flowed, carrying Spain through to the next round and maybe b(...)

 Cesar Azpilicueta: “Every tackle, every pass, every chance needs to be treated like all or nothing. I think we will do it.”  Photograph: Fernando Alvarado/EPA

Group E: Slovakia v Spain Kick-off: 5pm, Wednesday. Venue: Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville. On TV: Live on RTÉ2. Cesar Azpilicueta has urge(...)

Chelsea’s Kai Havertz celebrates with the trophy after winning the Champions League final. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP

A season that at times must have felt like a nightmare for German youngster Kai Havertz ended in dreamland when his goal sealed a 1-0 win for Chelsea(...)

Cesar Azpilicueta was sent off following a clash with Jack Grealish. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty

Aston Villa 2 Chelsea 1 The notion that Tottenham would do Chelsea an enormous, skin-saving favour at the very last would have felt laughable to ever(...)

Marcos Alonso scores the winner for Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester City 1 Chelsea 2 Sergio Aguero missed a penalty as Chelsea came from behind to snatch a 2-1 Premier League win at the Etihad Stadium and d(...)

Chelsea’s  Timo Werner heads home his side’s first goal in the Champions League semi-final, second leg against Real Madrid  at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images

Chelsea 2 Real Madrid 0 (Chelsea win 3-1 on agg) The fear had nagged at Chelsea during the first half and it would harden after the interval. Just ho(...)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane using a towel to dry his head during a Spanish league  match  against Real Betis at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium on the outskirts of Madrid. Photograph:  Gabriel bouys/AFP via Getty Images

Don’t mix and sport and politics, they say, but sport and politics do mix. Just ask Real Madrid, who spent the past few days fearing that when they bo(...)

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