From the king of Leicester to another manager on the Premier League scrapheap, Claudio Ranieri sensationally lost his job Thursday but received the support of his peers, including Jose Mourinho. Leicester showed there is no room for sentiment on Thursday when they sacked Premier League-winning boss Ranieri. Ranieri and Leicester had produced one of the greatest and remarkable feats in professional sport when they hoisted the Premier League trophy aloft in May but with relegation a real threat, the club's hierarchy decided to act in brutal fashion, despite Wednesdays' encouraging 2-1 Champions League first-leg loss at Sevilla.
Barcelona youngster Jordi Mboula pulled off a breathtaking goal midweek against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Youth League quarterfinals, and he looked like Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez during it. This extraordinary goal sees him with some Neymar flair to break free down the right, then some Messi speed and skill to get inside, and then a Suarez-like finish into the far side. Take a look. La cadencia de Leo Messi, el regate de Neymar Jr. y la potencia de Luis Suarez, ¡en uno solo! 😮 😮 😮 Brilliant. And he is only 17. The Spanish winger, also of Congolese heritage, has been with Barca’s youth teams since 2010. He has six goals in seven matches in the UEFA Youth League, and if he keeps
Zinedine Zidane has rued Real Madrid's lack of focus during the first 10 minutes of the 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Wednesday night (22 February) as Los Blancos missed a golden opportunity to increase their gap over Barcelona at the top of La Liga table. Real Madrid visited Mestalla for an encounter corresponding to the match week 16, which was postponed due to their partition in the Club World Cup. Los Blancos had thus the opportunity to increase their margin over Barcelona at the top of the table to four points, having still another one game in hand against Celta Vigo.