English five will face stiffer tests

English five will face stiffer tests

England will have a record five teams in the draw for the last-16 of the Champions League but it will take a repeat of their knockout stage dominance from a decade ago for talk of a new era of Premier League success to be justified.

The Ronaldo Messi debate

The Ronaldo Messi debate

Cristiano Ronaldo collected his joint-record fifth Ballon d‘Or on Thursday in Paris in the middle of his worst domestic season for Real Madrid, but with a deserved reputation for delivering on the biggest stage of all and when it matters most.

Atletico back in Europa League

Atletico  back in Europa League

Atletico Madrid are accustomed to being among the Champions League heavyweights but after being dumped out of Europe’s elite competition on Tuesday they must now come to terms with playing in the far less glamorous Europa League.

Liverpool's new armada

Liverpool's new armada

Mohamed Salah has hogged the headlines this season, but as Liverpool's 5-1 demolition of Brighton and Hove Albion demonstrated, he is but one component in a scintillating attacking armada.

What's happened to Spurs?

What's happened to Spurs?

Just last month, Tottenham were being hailed as an emerging force in the Champions League after a dashing win over holders Real Madrid, but that success cannot obscure the team's decline in the Premier League.

New Barca still not as convincing as old model

New Barca still not as convincing as old model

Barcelona may be flying high at the top of La Liga with 11 wins from 13 games, but there is a tangible feeling they need to take an extra step forward under coach Ernesto Valverde to emulate the great sides of recent years.

Premier teams look for the familiar

Premier teams look for the familiar

Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew are favourites to take over the managerial vacancies at Everton and West Bromwich Albion, appointments that would reinforce the cautious culture that exists in the Premier League.

VR becomes a top club reality

VR becomes a top club reality

Cutting edge virtual reality technology, allowing football clubs to return players to match situations and for the injured to get ‘match sharp’, is being tested and used by top English and European clubs.

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