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Zouma's absence will be felt at Chelsea

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 By Phil Lythell

Kurt Zouma's prolonged injury absence will be felt in heart of Chelsea defence

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says considering the mistakes Man United and Chelsea made in the match, neither team deserved a win.

As soon as Kurt Zouma's scream pierced the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, almost an hour into the 1-1 draw with Manchester United, the prognosis was not good. Now, in what must be a horrendous disappointment to the 21-year-old, the bad news has been confirmed with scans showing an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament that will keep him on the sidelines for the next six months.

The dynamic defender had just leapt extraordinarily high off the ground to volley the ball clear from danger...

 By Richard Hall

Inter left frustrated by draw at bottom-placed Hellas Verona

Napoli took care of Carpi with a 1-0 home win, while Juventus earned a 2-0 win on the road at Frosinone continuing their impressive streak.

Internazionale manager Roberto Mancini will be scratching his head in disbelief after watching his team rescue a draw against bottom club Hellas Verona. The once-solid Inter backline conceded from set pieces, seeing them go 3-1 down at the Stadio Bentegodi. Despite this, Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic spearheaded a credible comeback that enabled their team walk to away from Verona without too many blushes.

The draw will do little for Mancini's men, who cannot seem to win from losing positions this...

Manchester City's record against their biggest rivals is poor

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol lambastes Manchester City for their inability to defend.
Leicester City move six points clear atop the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Manchester City.

Under Manuel Pellegrini's management, Manchester City's record against their main rivals cannot be considered anything other than appalling.

The Chilean, who will leave the club at the end of the season to be replaced by Pep Guardiola, must drastically improve his record against the Premier League's top sides if he is to depart with a second title to his name.

Pellegrini's first was won in his debut 2013-14 season in brilliant style, as City scored 102 goals in a rollercoaster campaign of thrilling...

 By Andy Mitten

Manchester United improve but still face a battle to finish fourth

Diego Costa's stoppage-time goal negated a second-half strike from Jesse Lingard as Chelsea and Man United played to a 1-1 draw.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says considering the mistakes Man United and Chelsea made in the match, neither team deserved a win.

A month before Nemanja Vidic's retirement was made public and before he'd been heartened by 5,500 Manchester United fans were singing his name, I spoke to the Serbian defender in Milan.

Among other topics, the subject of Chelsea came up. Vidic played more games -- 17 -- against the Stamford Bridge side in his eight years at United than any other club. The frequent meetings reflected the dominance of both clubs.

"Chelsea were the team who pushed us and we pushed them," Vidic said. "We drove each other...

 By Nayib Moran

Omar Gonzalez keeps Pachuca atop Liga MX Power Rankings in Week 5

ESPN FC's Katia Castorena discusses Club America's first home win as they beat Santos, ending their three game win streak.

Omar Gonzalez's first goal in Liga MX helped Pachuca get an important away draw against Pumas at Ciudad Universitaria, while Andre-Pierre Gignac is the leading goal scorer of the 2016 Clausura, with five goals. Dorados, Veracruz and Chivas remain the only teams that have yet to win a game. With that in mind, here are Liga MX's Power Rankings for Week 5:

1. Pachuca (no change)

Gonzalez scored his first goal in Liga MX and helped Pachuca get an important 1-1 draw at Pumas. Pachuca continues as the...

 By Simon Curtis

Man City must get angry as misfires against top clubs derail their season

Leicester City move six points clear atop the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Manchester City.
Claudio Ranieri wants the Leicester fans to keep on dreaming of winning the title.
Robert Huth feels despite their 3-1 win over Man City, Leicester are still title underdogs.
Paul Mariner says Leicester announced themselves as serious title contenders after their stunning victory at Man City.

Manchester City will face Tottenham at the Etihad next weekend safe in the knowledge that so far, they have failed to beat any of the teams around them in the top six. This rather strange but revealing statistic is beginning to clang loudly like a church bell as the season proceeds into its crucial stages.

Worse than that, they will enter this critical match with the resounding home defeat by Leicester fresh in their minds. Leicester, the rank outsiders, who were permitted the space and time to...