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The Barcelona team before their last home defeat, against Real Betis last November. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester United have already written a piece of European Cup history this season, becoming the first team to overturn a 2-0 home defeat in the secon(...)

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi  reserves the “first minutes” of each match for interpretation, says coach Ernesto Valverde, ignoring the ball and taking a reconnaissance walk around the opposition defence, fixing each man’s position in his head before trying to capitalise later in the game on perceived weaknesses.  Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez?EPA

A little man in a baseball cap, sitting high in his luxury crossover SUV, drives into the players’ parking lot at FC Barcelona’s closed training groun(...)

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and team mates celebrate after their Premier League win over Manchester United. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

At first glance the most startling aspect of the Manchester derby tunnel fracas is the fact it seems to have been kicked off by José Mourinho knocking(...)

Darren Randolph on his move from West Ham: “When you’re told one thing and something else happens, it becomes clear you’ve to look after yourself.”   Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/ Reuters

Darren Randolph is sitting in the northern sunshine laughing at himself. Thursday is a scorcher on Teesside and we are outside overlooking the exquisi(...)

Relegated Middlesbrough picked up six points out of 27 under Steve Agnew. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Steve Gibson is frequently, and usually quite rightly, presented as exhibit A when it comes to listing the properties required to run a football club (...)

Harry Maguire scored Hull’s fourth as they beat Middlesbrough 4-2. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/Afp

Hull City 4 Middlesbrough 2 Hull climbed out of the bottom three of the Premier League for the first time since October and shoved Middlesbrough clos(...)

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes claws the ball away as his side managed to escape  Swansea with a point. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Swansea City 0 Middlesbrough 0 Perhaps it was inevitable that a must-win game for both clubs would end this way. Neither Swansea City nor Middlesbrou(...)

Antonio Valencia takes advantage of a Victor Valdes slip to score Manchester United’s third against Middlesbrough. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

Middlesbrough 1 Manchester United 3 It ended in acrimony with suggestions that Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede had attempted to bite Eric Bailly during (...)

Barcelona’s head coach Luis Enrique could still lead the team to a league and Cup double this season. Photograph: PA

At the press conference before Barcelona’s match with Sporting Gijón on Wednesday Luis Enrique was asked if he felt tired, worn out by the demands of (...)

 Danny Simpson challenges  Alvaro Negredo during Leicester’s stalemate at Middlesbrough. Photograph: Reuters/Craig Brough

Middlesbrough 0 Leicester City 0 While 2016 was a year to remember for Leicester City and Middlesbrough, much work is still to be done if 2017 does n(...)

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