“Willpower”, “passion”, “aggressiveness”, “fight”.
Cristiano Ronaldo put his hands on his hips and took a long, lingering look up at the Vicente Calderón. He stood there for a while, alone, striking a challenging pose, chest out and steady in front of the south stand.
With Tottenham Hotspur still riding an unbeaten league run, it seems inevitable that Chelsea will be the one to end it.
West Ham currently lie just one point above the relegation zone in the Premier League.
Dwight Gayle, who joined Newcastle United from Crystal Palace in the summer, scored twice at Elland Road at the weekend.
The West Bromwich Albion manager, Tony Pulis, believes foreign coaches such as Jürgen Klopp are seen as “sexy and bright” in comparison to their British counterparts.
For Chelsea fans, or indeed anyone with an interest in the high-rev methods of Antonio Conte, there was a slightly alarming moment as the Premier League international break arrived at the start of October.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s reign as coach of the United States men’s team is over, with US Soccer announcing his departure on Monday. The news comes after the US lost successive games to Mexico and Costa Rica in the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.
There was a question to Riyad Mahrez about whether he could win the Ballon d’Or, another for Claudio Ranieri on the prospect of reaching the knockout stage of the Champions League and a couple for both player and manager on the possibility of being relegated. In many ways it was confirmation that these are strange times for Leicester City as they try to get to grips with a rollercoaster season.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy's first-half strike failed to prevent Kevin MacDonald's side from falling to a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park on Monday night.
France midfielder Dimitri Payet scored the winner after setting up the equaliser in a 2-1 victory over Sweden.
Wales plan to continue their rather strange pre-match ritual of lining up for lopsided team photographs when they take to the field for their World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Cardiff on Saturday.
Gordon Strachan refused to discuss his future as Scotland’s manager after the 3-0 reverse at Wembley which all but confirmed the country’s absence from major tournaments will stretch to 20 years.