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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti  has compared Seamus Coleman to his former AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini. File photograph: Getty Images

Numbers with Nicklas It’s not unheard of, of course, for footballers to have preferred shirt numbers, but the poor souls at Arsenal would have needed(...)

Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez scores on his debut at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. Photograph: EPA

Debutant Luis Suarez wasted no time in making his mark at Atletico Madrid as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich suffered a day to forget. Suarez came(...)

Diego Costa is currently isolating and showing no symptoms. File photograph: Getty Images

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa is isolating after testing positive for coronavirus, his current club Atletico Madrid have announced. The Spanish (...)

RB Leipzig’s French defender Dayot Upamecano turned down a move to Manchester United as a teenager. Photograph: Photograph: Ronny Hartmann/AFP via Getty Images

Champions League semi-final: RB Leipzig v Paris Saint-Germain, Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Tuesday, 8pm – Live on Virgin Media Sport, RTÉ 2 and BT Sport 1(...)

Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Marcelo takes a knee. Photograph: Getty Images

Real Madrid 3 Eibar 1 Real Madrid beat Eibar 3-1 on Sunday in their first competitive match at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium following La Liga’s thr(...)

Diego Simeone celebrates at Anfield after Atletico Madrid’s 3-2 win over Liverpool. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty

Strange old times. On one side Virgin Media’s split screen showed us Paris Saint-Germain playing Borussia Dortmund in an eerie, echoing empty stadium,(...)

 Atletico players celebrate their second goal at Anfield. Photograph: EPA

Liverpool 2 Atletico Madrid 3 (Atletico win 4-2 on aggregate) Beware the Atlético Madrid sucker punch. Liverpool knew that it was a possibility, howe(...)

Gareth Bale’s Wales can qualify for Euro 2020 with victory over Hungary on Tuesday night. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty

Great British Bake Off spoiler Until we read the Guardian’s eternally fabulous The Knowledge last week we were completely unaware of the uproar cause(...)

Real Madrid’s head coach Zinedine Zidane on the sideline  during the  International Champions Cup match against  Atletico Madrid at the Metlife stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid 7 Real Madrid 3 Zinedine Zidane admitted he was “hurt” after Real Madrid lost a chaotic pre-season friendly 7-3 to city rivals Atleti(...)

 Atletico Madrid’s assistant coach German ‘Mono’ Burgos  gives instructions to Kieran Trippier  during their team’s training session at the Angeles de San Rafael sports facilities in Segovia, Spain. Photograph: Juan Jo Martin/EPA

Oscar Ortega has a reputation for being a bit of a sadist. Nicknamed El Profe, the teacher, he is part man, part myth, mixing fear, fascination and fo(...)

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