Of all the players on Leicester City's title-winning squad, there was no player more important than midfielder N'Golo Kante. The combative, hard-running midfielder covered so much ground that he essentially did the job of two players in the center of the park. It created a mismatch that other teams couldn't match and propelled them to the title as a result. Unfortunately for Leicester, he left for a big-money move to Chelsea over the summer (who are now, coincidentally, top of the league themselves), and on Sunday Kante came face-to-face with his old club. His former manager, Claudio Ranieri, was there to welcome him, and needless to say, there weren't any hard feelings.
The Chinese Super League has shocked the soccer world by spending huge sums to attract star foreign players but new rules introduced for the start of the 2017 season will have a significant impact on the game in China, Asia and perhaps around the world. On a statement on its official website on Monday, the China Football Association (CFA) outlined its plans to change the rules for the new season, which is less than two months away. "In order to realize 'The General Plan of Chinese Football Reform and Development' and to benefit the overall development of Chinese football and Chinese local players, to enhance the quality of the national team and to keep the professional league on a healthy, stable and consistent track, the CFA has adjusted the regulations of the 2017 Chinese Super League," the statement said.
Ronaldo's well-struck penalty on 67 minutes had looked set to give Zinedine Zidane's team a crucial victory in a top-of-the-table clash, the 12th league goal of the season for the Ballon d'Or winner. Guardiola's City crumbles Pep Guardiola managed Real's arch-rival Barcelona to some of its greatest triumphs, but is finding success harder to achieve in the English Premier League. His Manchester City side suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton earlier Sunday, the worst league defeat of Guardiola's coaching career. City has dropped 10 points behind leader Chelsea in the title race after the latest damaging setback, the third loss in four away games. The early season EPL leader had chances