Europa League draw: Manchester United given gruelling group

In Fridays Europa League draw, Manchester United were handed a tricky group including Astana and Partizan Belgrade, while Arsenal, Celtic, Rangers and Wolves were all give more forgiving fixtures Wolverhampton Wanderers were handed an encouraging draw on their return to European competition proper for the first time in 38 years, when they avoided big-name opposition in a Europa League group that pits them against Besiktas of Turkey, Braga of Portugal and Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia. Nuno Esprito Santo will be happier than Unai Emery with the draw, for Arsenals opponents in Group A include Eintracht Frankfurt and Standard Lige, while Manchester United face demanding trips to Partizan Belgrade and Astana of Kazakhstan. Eintracht reached the semi-finals of the Europa League …

Griezmann nets double in Barcelonas comeback win over Real Betis

Barcelona bounced back from their opening day La Liga defeat with a 5-2 win over Real Betis at the Camp Nou Antoine Griezmann responded to the challenge laid down by Ernesto Valverde with a brilliant display as Barcelona came from behind to thrash Real Betis 5-2. The coach Valverde called for Griezmann to be more involved in the game following an ineffective debut in the The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email.

The day Kieran Trippier met the fitness coach who strikes terror into players | Sid Lowe

The England full-back will be working with Oscar Ortega, the Atltico Madrid coach who makes players run until they vomit Oscar Ortega has a reputation for being a bit of a sadist. Nicknamed El Profe, the teacher, he is part man, part myth, mixing fear, fascination and fondness too, his very name striking terror into footballers hearts. Atltico Madrids fitness coach, a 61-year-old Uruguayan drill sergeant who spent the morning of the cheek: El Profe ‘Amazing feeling’ to play abroad: Kieran Trippier on Atltico Madrid move video Trippier has taken the place of Juanfran, departing after eight years. He will compete with Santiago Arias for the right-back slot, but will anticipate being a starter. His inclusion in two consecutive starting …

It really is Lionels world now: Messi has remade football in his own image | Barney Ronay

From Under-9s in parks to Pep Guardiolas champions no one person has had such a vast impact on a major sports footprint as Barcelonas superstar Lionel Messi There was some consolation this week for anyone feeling a little maxed-out by the relentless individual brilliance of Lionel Messi. We have at least found something he isnt good at on a football pitch. It turns out Messi isnt very good at punching Fabinho in the head. Frankly, more of the same from Messi against Liverpool. Unclosing like a hand, he gives forever. I make no apology for writing about him again here. Firstly, because Messis talent is endlessly divisible. You never get to the bottom of it. It is always surprising. And …