Things got heated on Sunday between Real Madrid and Sevilla in La Liga. Playing for the third time in a span of two weeks, Real Madrid was awarded a penalty kick after Sergio Rico took down Dani Carvajal in the box in the second half, and Cristiano Ronaldo went to take it. But before that, Sevilla's Vitolo tried to mess with the penalty spot by kicking up some of the paint and grass. Ronaldo didn't like that, so he threw the ball at him and hit him. He then escaped punishment and put away the penalty kick. Talk about everything going your way. Real gets the penalty kick, gets in a cheapshot and scores a goal. As for Sevilla, it couldn't have gotten much worse.
Last season ultimately belonged to Leicester City. The unlikely dream, constantly told their form “wouldn’t last” but by the end it felt like everyone in world football was desperately willing them to reach the finish line in first place. Well, everyone except for Tottenham Hotspur and their fans. It was unthinkable for the side tipped for relegation to run away with the title. The little Leicester that could. Of course this current campaign has seen Leicester revert to type, or maybe they’re simply suffering from a title victory hangover. Dreams of a competing for the crown again, despite holding onto nearly all of their star players with the exception of N’Golo Kante, have quickly been forgotten and relegation is a much more likely outcome than finishing near the top. They do, however, have a Champions League knockout round tie to deal with.
A week from now, Diego Costa may still be a Chelsea player; he may also very well be off to the Chinese Super League by then. The beauty insanity of the transfer market — and a volatile figure like Costa, in particular — is that no one knows which path he’ll take. After being made to train on his own on Monday, the best anyone can tell you is, “It’s 50-50.” There aren’t many sides in the world that could stand to lose the league’s top goal-scorer (14 goals in 19 appearances this season; Chelsea have played 21 games) and still win the league title, but Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes that the current Blues squad is one that could hold onto its seven-point lead with 17 games remaining —