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Fans  celebrate  at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as Manchester City win the Premier League. Photograph: PA Wire

Ottmar Hitzfeld, the former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich manager, used to speak of the red zone, a central area of the pitch just outside the p(...)

Pep Guardiola is routinely venerated as the best manager of his generation. Photograph: Getty Images

You won. Fine. Now win again. Win better. Even in a moment of triumph, with his beautifully engineered seventh domestic title safely stowed away, it i(...)

Pep Guardiola’s side were crowned Premier League champions after Manchester United slumped to a 1-0 defeat against struggling West Bromwich. Photograph: Getty Images

Work on Plan B Pep Guardiola can bridle at the suggestion he does not adjust the gameplan when required and for the 3-0 Champions League quarter-fina(...)

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola  shows his despair after Roberto Firmino ended his side’s hopes in this season’s Champions League at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: EPA

Is Pep Guardiola a bald fraud? Before Manchester City’s three consecutive high-stakes defeats in the last nine days, this seemed to be one of the more(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez looks dejected during his side’s defeat to Roma in the Champions League quarter-final, second leg at Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Photograph: Reuters

If it was possible for Barcelona not to become overwhelmed by despair when they fell to Juventus last season, there was no way for them to rationalise(...)

Ronaldo and Netherlands midfielder Lieke Martens with their respective ‘Best Player in Europe’ awards in Monaco. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty

Much was made of the fact that both the Republic of Ireland’s two goalscorers in Friday’s win over Slovakia were home-based but tonight the part-timer(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores his first goal with a free-kick in the La Liga game against Leganes at the Camp Nou. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona 3 Leganes 1 Lionel Messi fired a hat-trick as Barcelona took another big step towards La Liga title with a 3-1 home win against Leganes. M(...)

Pep Guardiola: is on the cusp of winning a seventh league title in three countries. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Thursday morning, Manchester City: as he surveyed the shock and awe, the red mist and the critical hiss from the previous evening in Liverpool – plus (...)

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

This was the wrong time and place for making concessions. The team coaches were re-routed away from the King Harry pub on safety grounds by Merseyside(...)

Gerard Pique celebrates his goal against AS Roma. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP

FC Barcelona 4 AS Roma 1 Roma scored three at the Camp Nou but their chances of reaching a first Champions League semi-final since 1984 are slim. Thi(...)

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