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Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe make up a frightening French attack. File photograph: Getty Images

Portugal Odds: 10-1 Previous best: Winners 2016 Prospects: With class all the way through their spine the defending champions look sure to go close a(...)

Italy have improved under manager Roberto Mancini. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Turkey Odds: 50-1 Previous best: Semi-finalists 2008 Prospects: Traditionally cavalier, Turkey’s recent resurgence has been built on their defence. P(...)

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been included in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the upcoming Euro 2020. Photograph: EPA

The pursuit of harmony has been the cornerstone of Didier Deschamps’ reign as France manager. The 1998 World Cup-winning captain sought to become a (...)

Chelsea’s  Timo Werner heads home his side’s first goal in the Champions League semi-final, second leg against Real Madrid  at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images

Chelsea 2 Real Madrid 0 (Chelsea win 3-1 on agg) The fear had nagged at Chelsea during the first half and it would harden after the interval. Just ho(...)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane using a towel to dry his head during a Spanish league  match  against Real Betis at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium on the outskirts of Madrid. Photograph:  Gabriel bouys/AFP via Getty Images

Don’t mix and sport and politics, they say, but sport and politics do mix. Just ask Real Madrid, who spent the past few days fearing that when they bo(...)

 Christian Pulisic celebrates with Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel after scoring at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Photograph: Getty Images

As the rain fell on a wild night in Madrid’s northern suburbs, as the shapes and angles whirred past in front of him, Thomas Tuchel could be seen crou(...)

 Karim Benzema scores  Real Madrid’s equaliser during the Champions League semi-final, first leg match against Chelsea at  Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano  in Madrid. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid 1 Chelsea 1 Chelsea took a step towards the third Champions League final in their history but it could have been more than half way to Is(...)

James Milner of Liverpool is fouled  by Casemiro of Real Madrid during the  Champions League quarter-final, second leg at Anfield. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 0 (Real win 3-1 on agg) The Anfield factor was not the vital ingredient that Liverpool ultimately missed most in their attemp(...)

 Karim Benzema scores Real Madrid’s first goal during the La Liga  match against Barcelona at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano  in Madrid. Photograph: Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 1 Real Madrid clung on for a 2-1 victory over Barcelona that sent them to the summit of La Liga as Lionel Messi’s Clasico goa(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Athletic Bilbao with Pedri. Photograph: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty

Lionel Messi’s wife collected him from Barcelona’s El Prat airport in mid-November after playing a couple of international games in South America. Mes(...)

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