Juventus FC head coach Massimiliano Allegri: “All you have to do is play, play well and do the right things.” Photo:  Valerio Pennicino/Getty

In his gritty Tuscan way, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has a plan for how to play next Saturday night’s Champions League final in Berlin agains(...)

 Alvaro Morata equalises for Juventus in the Champions League semi-final second leg at  Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photo:  Paul Hanna/Reuters

Massimo Allegri had warned his team would face “95 long and interminable minutes” at the Santiago Bernabéu, and so it proved. But the reward at the en(...)

Carlos Tevez won and scored a second half penalty to give Juventus a 2-1 first leg lead over Real Madrid. Photograph: Getty

Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1When Juventus needed a striker with ice in his veins, Carlos Tevez answered the call. This pulsating semi-final tie was balanc(...)

Italy Antonio Conte has received death threats from  Juventus fans over the injury picked up by   Claudio Marchisio. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

Italy coach Antonio Conte has received death threats from angry Juventus fans who blame his training methods for the injury that will probably rule mi(...)

Atletico Madrid’s Raul Garcia celebrates putting last year’s finalists 1-0 against Olympiakos at the Vicente Calderon

Atletico Madrid swept into the Champions League last 16 with a game to spare as Mario Mandzukic netted a hat-trick in a crushing 4-0 win at home to Ol(...)

Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini leave the pitch after losing to Uruguay in Natal. Photograph:   EPA/

Curiously, in the aftermath of the “disaster” of Italy’s World Cup elimination at the hands of Uruguay, Italian media this morning (or yesterday?) pai(...)

Head coach Oscar Tabarez of Uruguay hugs Luis Suarez after their  1-0 victory over Italy  at Estadio das Dunas  in Natal, Brazil. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez claimed that Luis Suarez “is the target of certain sections of the press” after the Liverpool striker provoked another m(...)

Luis Suarez of Uruguay  during the  Group D match against Italy  at Estadio das Dunas on June 24th, 2014 in Natal. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Italy 0 Uruguay 1Uruguay knocked Italy out of the World Cup but the only thing people were talking about at Natal’s Estadio das Dunas tonight was Luis(...)

Italy’s Mario Balotelli celebrates after heading the ball past England goalkeeper Joe Hart to score the decisive goal in the Azzurri’s 2-1 victory  at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

On Friday night hundreds of England fans crushed into Bar do Armando on Rua 10 de Julho in Manaus and drank their heads off. Long after the sun had(...)

England’s Wayne Rooney is surrounded by Italian defenders during the  Group D World Cup clash at  at the Amazonia arena in Manaus. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

England manager Roy Hodgson sprang to the defence of Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United forward was criticised for an indifferent performance in(...)

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