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 Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud tries to get a shot away while under pressure from the Besiktas defence during the Champions League play-off  in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Besiktas 0 Arsenal 0Arsenal’s pristine record in Champions League qualifying games has been sullied, even if a bad-tempered stalemate in Istanbul stil(...)

Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew at the final whistle in Edinburgh.  Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Ronny Deila spoke about “ black day” after Celtic’s Champions League hopes were ended by a thumping 6-1 aggregate defeat by Legia Warsaw. Trailing 4-1(...)

Steven Gerrard: “I want to be fresh and play at a high level for Liverpool for certainly one more season.” Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Steven Gerrard has backed himself and Liverpool to bounce back from their end-of-season heartbreak last spring and mount a serious title challenge onc(...)

Didier Drogba has joined Chelsea as a free agent, with his contract at Galatasaray having expired at the end of last season. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Didier Drogba has completed an emotional return to Chelsea on a one-year contract, having been sweet-talked by José Mourinho into ignoring offers from(...)

Filipe Luís: was on standby for Brazil during the recent World Cup. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

José Mourinho’s plan for a full-scale assault on the Premier League title took a step closer to being completed yesterday as Chelsea confirmed the si(...)

Atletico Madrid’s striker Diego Costa next to Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard  during their  Uefa Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain.

Diego Costa has completed a medical examination at Chelsea and is poised to seal his £32m (€40m) transfer from Atletico Madrid. The Brazil-born str(...)

Diego Costa: is expected to join Chelsea after the Champions League final on May 24th.

Chelsea hope to conclude the signing of Diego Costa from Atlético Madrid immediately after the Spanish club’s participation in the Champions League fi(...)

Edin Dzeko of Manchester City celebrates scoring the opening goal during their Premier League match against Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester City 4Aston Villa 0For Manchester City, everything is now in place. Manuel Pellegrini’s team took their time before showing why th(...)

Cardiff City fans show their support during the Premier League match against Stoke City at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

The first crimson wave of Liverpool supporters surged through the portholes of Foley’s public house on the Clontarf Road over an hour before ki(...)

Jose Mourinho: Jose Mourinho: greeted Willian’s goal with a furious dance. Photograph: PA

The title race is not over for Liverpool. A defeat by a Chelsea team of impossibly cussed defensive qualities does not represent a dead end: it(...)

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