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(...)

 Ferran Torres heads home his second goal for of Spain during the Uefa Nations League semi-final at the San Siro in Milan. Photograph: Marco Betorello

Italy 1 Spain 2 So this is how it feels. After three years in charge, having claimed a European Championship and set a new world record, Roberto Manc(...)

Roberto Mancini: ‘It would be amazing to win it the Nations League straight] after the European Championship and it would be amazing to qualify for the World Cup early, but it won’t be that easy.”Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Italy have got used to winning. There was incredulity back in 2018 when Roberto Mancini of the Azzurri announced his ambition to lift the European Ch(...)

Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku rues a late missed chance during the defeat to Jluventus at the   Allianz Stadium, in Turin. Photograph:  Fabrizio Carabelli/PA

Is it time to talk about Romelu Lukaku? Or rather, to talk about the way in that this mannered Chelsea team still seems to be toying with that final e(...)

 Federico Chiesa celebrates his winning goal against Chelsea. Photograph: EPA

Juventus 1 Chelsea 0 It was a night when Thomas Tuchel came to crave something, anything, in the final third. At first it was to blow this meeting of(...)

Sweden’s Viktor Claesson (No 7)celebrates scoring his side’s second goal  with team-mates  during the  World Cup quaifier against Spain at the Friends Arena in Solna. Photograph:  Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

Sweden 2 Spain 1 Sweden bounced back from conceding an early goal to surprise Spain and emerge with a 2-1 victory in their World Cup qualifier on Thu(...)

Italy players celebrate after winning Euro 2020. Photo: Frank Augstein/AFP via Getty Images

Brian Kerr – Former Republic of Ireland manager High point The re-emergence of Denmark. It came as a surprise to everyone else but not us, having pla(...)

 Roberto Mancini’s Italy team are into the final of Euro 2020. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Getty Images

That train just keeps on running. On a gripping night under the gloom of high-summer London skies it looked for a while as though Roberto Mancini’s It(...)

 Roberto Mancini celebrates with his team at the end of their Euro 2020 semi-final win over Spain at Wembley. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Roberto Mancini believes Italy have proved their doubters wrong by reaching the final of Euro 2020. “Almost no one believed we could do it, and yet we(...)

Italy’s manager Roberto Mancini  during the  Euros  quarter-final against Belgium in Munich on July 2nd.   Photograph: Andreas Gebert/AFP via Getty Images

The article in Gazzetta dello Sport was only laying out the facts but it read like an audible groan. “Spain again,” ran the opening line in Italy’s pi(...)

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