Juan Mata celebrates after scoring for Manchester United: “You see so many players with physical qualities. They are quick and strong but they don’t make the right decisions.” Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Ninety minutes with Juan Mata is a time full of space and light. It’s a little like watching him play football, where his intelligence and vision are(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores against Juventus in the Champions League match at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

A mesmeric Lionel Messi scored twice as he inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Juventus to get off to a flying start in Champions League Group D on T(...)

Spain’s midfielder Isco eyes the ball during the World Cup 2018 qualifier against Italy at the Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Getty Images

Spain 3 Italy 0 Two brilliant strikes from Isco and a late goal from Alvaro Morata gave Spain a spectacular 3-0 win over Italy, their nearest challen(...)

Leonardo Bonucci is set to make a surprise move from Serie A champions Juventus to AC Milan. Photo: Getty Images

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci appears poised to complete a shock switch to the champions’ ambitious Serie A rivals AC Milan. The 30-year-old, pr(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon and Leonardo Bonucci during the semi-final gainst Monaco at the Stade Louis II stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Scoring goals is not something Real Madrid usually have a problem with. They have scored in every game this season and have not failed to score since (...)

 Gonzalo Higuain could have a big part to play as Juventus attempt to beat Real Madrid and win the Champions League. Photo: Pierpaolo Piciucco/Action Plus via Getty Images

Gonzalo Higuaín could have lost his temper. He could have ranted about the 32 goals he has scored this season, or the double that set Juventus on the (...)

Juventus’s Paulo Dybala leads an open training session in Turin. Photograph: Inpho

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri insists Real Madrid are the favourites to win Saturday’s Champions League final. The Italian champions will (...)

Juventus celebrate reaching the Champions League final after their 4-1 aggregate win over AS Monaco. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty

Juventus 2 AS Monaco 1 (Juventus win 4-1 on aggregate) The great black and white blockade rolls on, although not without a minor scratch. Juventus we(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus pats Lionel Messi of Barcelona on the back during their quarter-final second leg match at Camp Nou. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Barcelona 0 Juventus 0 (0-3 on aggregate) There was to be no Comeback Part II, no repetition of that night against Paris Saint-Germain and no sign of(...)

Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini scores his side’s third goal in their Champions League quarter-final clash with Barcelona. Photo: Andrea Di Marco/EPA

Juventus 3 Barcelona 0 Barcelona need another Nou Camp miracle if they are to reach the Champions League semi-finals after a crushing 3-0 loss to Juv(...)