Pep Guardiola: After eight consecutive knockout exits as a manager, the Manchester City boss appears to have struck upon a reliable method in the Champions League. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

So what takes precedence here: the football stuff, or the other stuff? Obviously you know about the other stuff. Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester C(...)

Tottenham Hotspur striker Carlos Vinicius scores  at Villa Park. Photograph: PA

Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 2 Crisis? What crisis? José Mourinho responded to the week that threatened to derail Tottenham Hotspur’s season by selecting (...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s head coach Jose Mourinho during a press conference on the eve of the Champions League match between RB Leipzig and Tottenham. Photograph: Ronny Hartmann/AFP via Getty

José Mourinho laughed. What else could he do? The alternative was to burst into tears, lift the white flag and write off Tottenham’s chances of reachi(...)

David Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Rodrigo of Manchester City during a training session ahead of their Uefa Champions League last 16 clash with Real Madrid. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Champions League last 16 first leg: Real Madrid v Manchester City Kick-off: 8pm, Wednesday. Venue: Estadio Bernabéu. On TV: Live on Virgin Media Spor(...)

Gedson Fernandes has signed with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Photograph: Getty Images

Tottenham have made their first move in the January transfer window by signing Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes. The 21-year-old has signed on an(...)

Dries Mertens after opening the scoring for Napoli. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

Napoli 2 Liverpool 0 Liverpool will not mind should history repeat itself and another late defeat in Naples eventually end with Champions League glor(...)

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus appeals to the match referee Michael Oliver after his goal is ruled out by VAR. Photograph: PA

Football remains a magnificently capricious sport. You can crush its competitiveness with a self-perpetuating structure that leads to a radically uneq(...)

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Spurs, and Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool.  Their teams   meet in the Champions League final at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Photograph: Getty Images

Three weeks of build up is too much. On Friday afternoon at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, a presenter from Fox Sports Español stood in front of a(...)

 Tottenham hero Lucas Moura celebrated the “greatest night of my career” after his stunning hat-trick against Ajax sent his side to the Champions League final. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Lucas Moura put the earphones in and looked down at the iPad screen, the peak of his dark NYC cap obscuring his eyes. It was late on Wednesday night (...)

 Lucas Moura celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick. Photo: Piroschka Van De Wouw/Reuters

The morning after the night before and even the dawn chorus - infiltrated by liver birds, presumably - sounded like it was kicking off with a tune sus(...)

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