First the knife but then Juve’s assassin turns into a Sunday League fat bloke

A losing World Cup final, two losing Champions League finals: only in the vertiginously cruel gimlet eye of elite football could this be seen as failure.

Juventus, like Madrid and Dortmund before them, will come to Wembley with just a touch more fear in their hearts now.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte