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Chelsea’s Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta lifts the Champions League trophy at the Dragao stadium in Porto. Photograph: Getty Images

Chelsea 1 Manchester City 0 Chelsea turned a season of turmoil into the ultimate triumph as Kai Havertz’s ice-cool finish sunk Manchester City 1-0 to(...)

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez with a Palestine flag after winning the Premier League trophy - a stadium named after him was to be opened in his home town even before his more recent exploits for City and inspiring Algeria to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. Photograph: PA

“That’s Riyad . . . ,” says Mohamed Coulibaly, shrugging. “Since he was a young player he has always believed in his talent and he has never been scar(...)

Riyad Mahrez waves a Palestinian flag following Manchester City’s win over Everton. Photograph:  Dave Thompson/Getty

Manchester City’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez has become the latest footballer to carry a Palestine flag on the pitch after a Premier League fixture.(...)

Brighton celebrate Dan Burn’s winner against Manchester City. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/Getty

Brighton & Hove Albion 3 Manchester City 2 This was a night that lifted the soul. Brighton were a man up against Manchester City for the vast maj(...)

 Ruben Dias in action against  Paris Saint-Germain’s   Neymar.  The signing of  Dias last summer has been as transformative as that of Virgil van Dijk was for Liverpool. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Everywhere you looked, people were losing their heads. There was Ángel Di María stamping on Fernandinho. There was Leandro Paredes hurling the ball(...)

 Referee Felix Brych is surrounded by Paris Saint-Germain players during the Champions league semi-final, first leg against Manchester City at Parc des Princes. Photograph:  Alex Grimm/Getty Images

It may be that history comes to look back on the past few days as a turning point in the history of European football, as the Super League, a desperat(...)

 Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick goes through the Paris Saint-Germain wall for Manchester City’s second goal during the Champions League semi-final, first leg at Parc des Princes. Photograph:  Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Manchester City 2 Pep Guardiola had called for calm, for his Manchester City players to be themselves, for them to enjoy the oc(...)

Pep Guardiola: After eight consecutive knockout exits as a manager, the Manchester City boss appears to have struck upon a reliable method in the Champions League. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

So what takes precedence here: the football stuff, or the other stuff? Obviously you know about the other stuff. Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester C(...)

Manchester City’s Rodri scores the winning goal at Villa Park. Photograph: PA

Aston Villa 1 Manchester City 2 After a tumultuous few days in which their dreams of a quadruple evaporated and their reputation acquired a fouler od(...)

Phil Foden  celebrates scoring of Manchester City’s second goal  with team-mate Kyle Walker  during the Champions League quarter-final. second leg against  Borussia Dortmund  at Signal Iduna Park. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund 1 Manchester City 2 (City win 4-2 on agg) Pep Guardiola spoke of “going for it” and Manchester City ended in ecstatic mood and with(...)

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