After years of underachievement, English teams are getting it right in Europe

Tottenham’s 1-1 draw away to Real Madrid is another sign that English clubs are doing much better in the Champions League. It’s been a struggle over the past few years but now, under new and better managers, Premier League teams are starting to deliver in Europe again. By Jamie Braidwood

Dramatic qualifiers show that international football is far from dull and boring

It’s hard to remember a week of international football like this one. One full of so many shocks and stories and of twists and turns. International football gets a bad reputation, but where does it actually come from? Maybe we should make more of an effort to try. There was drama everywhere this week, it’s just a shame it was seen by so few. By Jamie Braidwood

Only a win will do as Scotland prepare for crunch Slovakia match

As Scotland’s final two qualifying matches fast approach, Gordon Strachan’s men face a make or break scenario if they are to make the play-off round for the World Cup. Anything less than two victories against Slovakia and Slovenia will mean the Tartan Army will miss out on yet another tournament. Can they do it? By David Ronney

The Long Read: Two years on from Liverpool, how far has Rodgers come?

Two years ago Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool. It came less than 18 months after he had led the Reds to an improbable title challenge but at the time, Rodgers’ stock couldn’t have been lower. It seemed unlikely that he would ever get the chance to manage at the top level again. But that all changed once he joined Celtic. By Jamie Braidwood.

City make huge statement as Guardiola controls Chelsea

Kevin De Bruyne’s 67th winner away to the Premier League champions earned Manchester City all three points in the biggest Premier League match of the season so far. It was a victory City completely deserved, and one that will send a huge statement to the rest of the league. By Jamie Braidwood.