Manchester City’s Catalan manager Pep Guardiola. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

A number of Manchester City personnel face a reunion with former club Barcelona as the two sides meet at the Nou Camp in Group C of the Champions Leag(...)

‘The world of football has possibly never known a man to distribute the ball like Xavi Hernández (L). Arguably only Andrea Pirlo (R) in the modern game can rival him in being so niggardly with possession.’ Photographs: Reuters and EPA.

Someone calculated that the gematria values – where a numerical value is assigned to a letter – of Xavi (56) and pass (55) and they are almost iden(...)