There is a scene in the iconic 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia in which the protagonist -- T.E. Lawrence -- lights a cigarette and proceeds to nonchalantly extinguish the match between his thumb and his forefinger. Corporal William Potter looks on with a puzzled expression. When he thinks Lawrence is looking away, Potter surreptitiously tries to repeat the trick himself.
"Ooh, it damn well hurts!," he winces, frantically shaking his hand.
"Certainly it hurts," responds Lawrence, sagely.
What an absolutely sensational Champions League draw that was. Certainly the most tantalizing, the most intense and the most promising set of round of 16 contests that I can remember.
From the stone-faced reactions of Xabi Alonso each time he drew one of his former clubs or one of his ex-"enemies" from the vase, to the patent delight of Manchester City's Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain when Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were partnered: it was a smashing little piece of drama. But you...
Real Madrid cannot just turn up at the FIFA Club World Cup and expect to bring the trophy back to Spain, according to head coach Zinedine Zidane.
The European champions jetted out to the United Arab Emirates on the back of a 5-0 LaLiga win over Sevilla.
Wednesday's semi-final will see Los Blancos take on Al Jazira at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, where Gareth Bale is expected to return from a calf injury.
And Zidane insists Real are fully focused on the task at hand as they aim to win...
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his side would not underestimate Club World Cup semifinal opponents Al Jazira when the sides meet in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Al Jazira have defeated New Zealand's Auckland City and Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan to reach the last four.
And after Kashima Antlers reached last year's final and almost shocked Madrid, Zidane said his players would heed that warning.
Speaking at his prematch news conference, he said: "We know there are no easy games.
"This is a semifinal...