Luckily for Manchester City, the bloated Champions League format means that opening group games can hardly be regarded as critically important, never mind ‘must win’, but even if the competition couldn’t ever hope to hit the ground running the way the World Cup did in Russia, this week’s action did see some of football’s global superstars exhibiting varying degrees of luminosity — from dull to blinding — in their attempts to twist again like they did last summer.
Sat, 22 Sep, 2018
Mon, 28 May, 2018
Thu, 21 Dec, 2017
Less than two years ago, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez shifted uncomfortably in his seat at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as most of the 80,000 Blancos supporters around him chanted ‘Florentino Dimision’ (‘Florentino Resign’).
Thu, 01 Jun, 2017
Tonight’s Champions League semi-final first leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu sees Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid facing off for a fourth consecutive year in the competition — with Real aiming to confirm their dominance in the capital and Atletico looking to finally get over the final barrier of Diego Simeone’s time in charge.
Tue, 02 May, 2017
The modern Champions League format has little space for romance or novelty — as seen by this week’s fixture list as Arsenal and Bayern Munich, and Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, met again for the upteenth time in recent years.
Wed, 15 Feb, 2017
Sat, 17 Dec, 2016
Real Madrid dug out a draw in Saturday afternoon’s ‘Clasico’ at Barcelona to remain in control of the La Liga title race - and leave further questions hanging around Luis Enrique’s future at the Camp Nou.
Mon, 05 Dec, 2016