Xavi lifts the European Cup after Barcelona’s win over Juventus in 2015.Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty

Xavi believes he is ready to manage Barcelona but insists there cannot be any “toxicity” in the dressing room. The midfielder spent the majority of h(...)

Lionel Messi scores Barcelona’s winner against Real Sociedad from the spot. Photograph: Luis Gene/Getty/AFP

Barcelona 1 Real Sociedad 0 Lionel Messi’s late penalty given after a VAR review saw Barcelona edge out Real Sociedad 1-0 at the Nou Camp to move bac(...)

 Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior celebrates  scoring against Catalan giants Barcelona. Photograph: EPA

Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 0 Almost 2,000 days – 1,954 to be precise – since they had last managed it, the Santiago Bernabéu saw their team beat Barcelo(...)

Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a penalty for Catalan club FC Barcelona. Photograph: Getty Images

Barcelona 4 Alaves 1 Luis Suarez provided a goal and three assists as Barcelona opened up a three-point gap at the top of La Liga after a 4-1 victory(...)

Athletic Bilbao celebrate Aritz Aduriz’s late winner against Barcelona. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

Athletic Bilbao 1 Barcelona 0 Aritz Aduriz is 38 and a half. He has already announced that this will be the final season of a career that stretches b(...)

Matthijs de Ligt attends a training session for the Dutch national team. Photograph: EPA

Matthijs De Ligt says his future is up in the air and compatriot Jaap Stam believes the highly-rated Ajax defender would fit in well at Manchester Uni(...)

Donny van de Beek scores Ajax’s early opener against Spurs. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty

With 15 minutes gone at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium there was a moment where the air seemed to disappear out of the ground, sucked up past the roofl(...)

Ajax Amsterdam CEO Edwin van der Sar: ‘We reflected a bit on the old success from 95. We wanted to combine the abundance of young talent with experience.’ Photograph: Massimo Pinca/Reuters

Last season, as Ajax’s future balanced on a gossamer thread, the club’s hierarchy called in seven of their most talented youngsters for a special talk(...)

Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax celebrates victory with his team in Turin. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Matthijs de Ligt believes Ajax’s young team have shown they are a match for anyone after he scored the goal against Juventus that took them to the Cha(...)

 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola  during the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against  Burton  in Burton upon Trent. Photograph:  EPA/Peter Powell

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City have to be “quicker and smarter” in the transfer market if they are to land targets in the future. Frenkie De (...)