Fifa is poised to ratify an unprecedented change to the World Cup schedule less than three months before the tournament is due to start, with hosts Qatar having decided they want their national team to play the traditional opening fixture on November 20 rather than the following day as previously agreed.
Romelu Lukaku has admitted that his year back at Stamford Bridge has left him angry and determined to prove a point at Inter Milan as Chelsea prepare a bid to try to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona.
It will not be hard to spot the Tottenham team bus when it pulls into Stamford Bridge for Sunday’s London derby against Chelsea. Emblazoned with the club’s crest and "Tottenham Hotspur" in giant letters, the coach is anything but subtle. And once it has pulled up, out will spill Antonio Conte and managing director of football Fabio Paratici, both dressed in sharp club suits.