For thinking about the game differently and for making us think about the game differently, Pep Guardiola deserves all the praise he is receiving. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

“I sat on the touchline and watched the game, but after about 25 minutes I was at a loss. I’d never seen such thunderous tackling, all studs up with a(...)

Roma’s Diego Perotti scores the third goal at the Olimpico stadium. Photograph: PA

Roma 3 Chelsea 0 This will have left Antonio Conte pained. The Italian must have privately relished bringing his English champions back to his homela(...)

Roma’s Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring his side’s third goal during their Champions League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Chelsea 3 Roma 3 Chelsea halted a losing run here but, even in the knowledge that their leadership of this group is maintained, Antonio Conte will no(...)

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy takes the ball past Watford’s Daryl Janmaat during his side’s 6-0 Premier League win. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Jaws dropped and heads shook when Manchester City spent around £130m on three full-backs this summer. In financial terms that sum meant little to City(...)

Jon Walters believes Ireland can still make it to the World Cup despite losing to Serbia. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jonathan Walters has warned Serbia and Wales they cannot afford to relax as the Republic of Ireland target another late fightback in a qualifying camp(...)

Ireland’s David Meyler in action against Serbia’s  Aleksandar Mitrovic during the World cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

After a night that ended in defeat and despair for Ireland, David Meyler tried to take some consolation from the home team’s performance with the Hull(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Brady reacts after  Serbian players celebrate  celebrate Aleksandar Kolarov’s goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 0 Serbia 1 If Saturday’s result dented Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for next Summer’s World Cup then this one might yet come to (...)

Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov scores their second goal in the Group D match against Moldova in Belgrade. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Serbia 3 Moldova 0 Mijat Gacinovic scored his second international goal in two games to help Serbia edge closer to next year’s World Cup in Russia wi(...)

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus attempts an overhead kick during their Premier League win over West Brom. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Manchester City 3 West Brom 1 Manchester City have only to avoid a heavy defeat at Watford to secure a Champions League place on the season’s final d(...)

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini  head-butts Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero during the  Premier League match  at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

Manchester City 0 Manchester United 0 At the end of the season, when the story comes to be told of how Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho did in their f(...)

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